Why Do Instructors/Coaches Require Swimmers to Sometimes Swim Without Goggles?
It is vital that children are comfortable swimming with or without goggles so they don’t panic in an unexpected situation. In swim lessons, the instructor wants to make sure the swimmer knows that he/she can swim without goggles just in case he/she were pushed in or fell into a body of water and was not wearing goggles. Also, in competition, coaches want to make sure their swimmers aren’t dependent on goggles either. I have seen many times in a swim meet the child dives in and their goggles slip down to their chin. Hopefully, the child was willing to swim without the googles and would still try to win the race. Otherwise, they show their dependence on goggles and hesitate, or even worse, they stop to fix their goggles and most likely would get disqualified from the race.
Dr. Lee Sao Bing from his blog “Should we wear goggles when swimming?” Jan 14, 2012…
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