Whenever a person goes swimming there is a list of necessities, they always bring with them. A swimming cap is on the list (short-haired men may be an exception).
Having worked in Qatar as a swimming trainer I noticed such a simple thing as wearing a swimming cap could be difficult. For ladies, it doesn’t depend on age, almost all females there are long-haired and also the hair is usually thick. So, there was no question whether to wear a cap while swimming, but it never stopped to amuse me the way they wear their swimming caps: a low thick bun would stretch a cap because the back of the head would protrude a lot and it would make it difficult to wear goggles because the strap would be extra-stretched as well. All this can easily damage both a cap and goggles, which happened a lot.
Nowadays it is possible to Google any subject, even how to put a swimming cap on, for a example in this video you can find a funny way to do it.
It works for male swimmers, not for female. I didn’t mind teaching how to put a cap on along with teaching how to swim.
Sometimes while talking to females, they would mention the reason why they wore a swimming cap. They do it in order not only to protect their hair at a pool but also to keep it dry. As I am aware of different reasons for wearing a cap, I would explain the following to them:
– First, as hair tends to fall out, a swimming cap will protect the pool filtration systems from clogging;
– It will prevent other swimmers from swimming into hair which has fallen out from those swimmers who do not wear a cap;
– Long hair secured under a cap will not disturb a swimmer during her workout;
– Protects hair from chlorine.
I know a lot of swimmers think that a swimming cap doesn’t allow the water to wet the hair. This is simply not true. Even if a latex or silicone cap fits snugly enough, some water may still seep through the cap during swimming. This is normal. In this case it is important to take proper hair care after swimming.
So, my suggestion is for a female swimmer would take the following steps to put a cap on properly:
– There is no need to use elastic bungees, hair pins or bobby pins;
– Gather the hair in a low pony tail and tightly twist it till you reach the ends;
– Lay it up and fold it if your hair is very long so that the hair is spread nicely along the top of the head nicely;
– Secure the hair with your hand. Grab the edge of your cap so that it is between your thumb and bent four fingers, the thumb is on the inner edge;
– Ask your teacher or your friend to grab the opposite end of the cap;
– Place the nail of your thumb on the middle of your forehead and then the teacher or your friend will instantly pull the cap on;
– Now you are ready to enjoy your workout!
How to choose a proper swimming cap?
Firstly, think about what kinds of exercises you are planning to do at the pool.
If your head is going to always be above the water, for a example if you swim with your head up (which I don’t recommend you to do as it may harm you), or you do aqua aerobics then a textile cap is the best solution. Why? The water will cool your body nicely if you exercise vigorously enough. If your head is always above the water during a workout a latex or silicone cap will restrict heat dissipation which can lead to heat-related illnesses. It is not an issue when you swim using the correct technique, I.e. swimming with your head in the water.
The other things you should consider when choosing a swimming cap is if it is elastic enough to put on and take it off easily, feels comfortable while swimming and not tight so that it won’t slip back or fall off when you push off from the wall. Some other minor considerations would be colours and shapes. The link will help you to make the right choice.
I wish you to enjoy your water workout and not feel that you are wearing a swimming cap. This is the aim.
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