1. Training fins (not flippers)
These help to strengthen the legs, so look for a stable and stiff blade design that will maximise thrust and improve leg development. A soft urethane mould will ensure forefoot and heel comfort.
2. Spray-on sun tan lotion
Beware of sun damage to your skin and lotion up without the mess. Nivea’s spray-on lotion is easy to use and above all is transparent – so no more white streaks.
3. Swimming goggles
Look out for curved lenses with quality optics, 180-degree vision, an anti-fog coating, UV protection and a super-soft skirt to ensure comfort and water-tight sealing.
The ideal accessory for practising flotation and kicking. Choose a board that allows multiple hand positions. Dense, laminated foam will improve flotation further.
5. Water-resistant stopwatch
Recognised manufacturers offer affordable units with large display screens, ergonomic designs and up to 300-lap memory.
6. Waterproof MP3 player
Just the toy for you if you want a soundtrack for your swim! The SwiMP3 player weighs only 56 g and stores around 60 songs. Sound is conducted via the cheekbone and is crystal clear.