One of the most regular expressions we use when coaching is “the fastest way to the finish line is a straight line and it is also one of the hardest things to do in the open water. It’s certainly a lot easier to achieve if you can see where you are going” This is going to sound simplistic however, so many get it wrong; an appropriate set of goggles that gives you quality clear vision are a vital component of straight line open water swimming. As part of a normal progression in open water swimming a person will naturally figure out (by advice and trial and error) what the right goggles are for them. If you haven’t yet found the right goggle for you we recommend reviewing the Athletes Goggle Guide. Once you have found the right goggles LOOK AFTER THEM. No matter what the quality and or cost of the goggle you choose as soon as they are scratched they are going to significantly decrease your swim enjoyment and ability to see where you are going. What is going to scratch your goggles? Most common is finger nails when rubbing out the fog (use an anti fog spray instead) or leaving your goggles unprotected in your swim bag. If your goggles come in a case when you purchase them, keep them in your case when not using them. This sounds cheesy but it makes sense … ‘if they are not on your face they are in the case’ . If your favourite goggles don’t come with a case Zoggs manufacture this cool case which you can
purchase on its own for approximately NZD$14 or GBP£7. It’s a small price to pay to ensure your favourite goggles last a good period of time and continue to provide fantastic vision. It’s so simple yet so often over looked … once you have your favourite goggles look after them… … ‘if they are not on your face they are in the case’.