Learning to Swim with Goggles, Without Goggles – Which is Best?

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When learning to swim, goggles can be a great tool for children to see underwater without the eye irritation that comes with exposing your eyes to pool water.  Children tend to progress in swimming skill much more quickly while wearing goggles due to the clarity of underwater vision and the comfort provided by protection from the pool chemicals.  Children who are newer to swimming may be hesitant to place their face in the water without goggles, but with them often gain confidence and the skill can also become fun.  

But it is also very important for your child to be able to swim without goggles too.  While learning to swim is a fun sport many participate in for leisure, it also serves as a lifesaving skill.  85% of drowning fatalities that involve children under the age of four are a result of accidental entry into a body of water (60% of these incidents are in swimming pools).  Should a child ever end up accidentally in a body of water, it is unlikely they will have goggles, so being confident in the water without them is critical.  
Of course, babies and young swimmers usually don’t want anything to do with goggles, so it is best to skip the goggles altogether until children are comfortable wearing them.  Exposure to the water experience at a young age without goggles will provide a strong foundation for confidence in the water without them when they are older.  
Programs like  Aqua Tots Swim Schools of Michigan design their curriculum to teach children to swim with and without goggles.  It is important that children experience and become comfortable with the sensation of swimming without goggles so they don’t panic if they fall or are pushed into a body of water unexpectedly.  Also, it is not uncommon for goggles to slip during competition racing, especially during pool entry.  In order to swim their best time, they would need to continue to swim without the aid of their goggles, rather than taking time to stop and fix them (which may lead to disqualification).  

In summary, it is best to utilize a method that allows your child to be confident in the water without goggles, in case of unexpected entry into a body of water.  Providing opportunities to swim with and without the use of goggles will lead to the safest and most effective swimming experience. 

More About Aqua-Tots

Teaching kids to swim has been the foundation of Aqua-Tots since they began. And today they still take special care to make sure their swim schools are a welcoming, comfortable and inviting place for kids of all ages at our Detroit area locations including Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Michigan offers swim classes for babies, toddlers, infants, kids, swim team, adults, and children with special needs at over 70 locations worldwide. With never more than 4 students per swim class, this intimate setting provides a great environment for children learning to swim. Call to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY in water evaluation and tour today.
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Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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