Swim caps; they are one of the core must-haves for every swimmer. Many people think that they're just for competitive swimming, but we're here to tell you that swim caps should be worn whether you're racing to hit the finish line first or you're just taking a dip for fun and fitness! But why are they so important you may ask? Here's why you should be popping one on every time you take the plunge...
ProtectionSwim caps do an amazing job at protecting your hair from pool chemicals. They don’t keep your hair completely dry but they limit the exposure that your hair has with pool chemicals such as chlorine, helping to keep your hair healthier. Especially if you're a regular swimmer.
The Perfect Pair
Just like Ant and Dec, Thelma and Louise, and Gordon the Gopher and Philip Schofield, the swim cap has a perfect partner….the swim goggle. Swim caps prevent goggles from pulling on your hair and also help with position of the goggles straps. Many goggles now are designed to work perfectly with caps, making the goggle more comfortable to wear and also help with the overall performance of both the goggle and cap.
Due to swim caps and goggles teaming up, they now work perfectly to reduce drag in the water making you more streamline. This is why competitive swimmers wear them, but this can also help with your day-to-day swimming. Swim caps also reduce drag if you have longer hair. By using the swim cap to tuck away your long hair you are of course protecting your hair from pool chemicals but also reducing your drag as your hair is kept out of the way.
Swim caps are available in all types of materials. The most common material used is silicone as this is very durable and tends not to pull on the hair when putting them on or taking them off.
Latex caps are of course thinner, lighter and more breathable than silicone; making them ideal for swimming in warmer climates. However they are less durable so you will have to take good care of them if you want them to last.
Rubber caps are made from the same material as latex but they are thicker and stretcher than latex. Rubber caps are perfect for colder swimming climates and for people who are allergic to latex.
Spandex caps are a synthetic fibre that is very durable and soft making them easy to take them on and off, they are mainly used for practice purposes and sun protection when swimming.
Neoprene caps are synthetic rubber and have great insulation making them the perfect pairing for people who swim in cold waters. These types of cap are an open water swimmers favourite.
Did we miss anything? What swim cap do you wear?