How to Put On a Swim Cap

Swim caps are a great way to protect your hair from harsh pool chemicals. But sometimes they can be a challenge to put on! Use this handy guide to help you get that swim cap on the next time you get in the pool!

Step One - How to Put On a Swim Cap

1) Place your hands inside the cap and lace your fingers together, making a cup shape. Make sure that if your cap has a seam, it faces forward and backward.

Step Two - How to Put On a Swim Cap

2) Keeping your hands in a similar position, pull them apart and stretch the cap, creating a pocket for your head.

Step Three - How to Put On a Swim Cap

3) Pull the cap over your head.

Step Four - How to Put On a Swim Cap

4) Work the edges of the cap around your head, being careful to tuck in any stray hairs. If you have long hair, it might be easier to start with your hair in a loose bun at the back of your head to prevent hair escaping.

Step Five - How to Put On a Swim Cap

5) Make sure the cap goes over your ears, If you wear earplugs, you should insert them before you put on your cap.

Pick the perfect Swim Cap

Latex caps are cheaper, but silicone swim caps are thicker, last longer, and are easier on your hair.

– What about lycra caps? The material is porous, so the moment your head goes under water, your hair is wet. But if you don’t mind it getting wet, or if you don’t plan on putting your head in water, lycra caps are the most comfortable caps available!

– Will a cap keep your head and hair completely dry when swimming? No, no cap can prevent your hair from becoming wet. Caps are designed to minimize the damage chlorine does to your hair, as well as keep hair out of your face. To further protect your hair from chlorine, wet your hair in fresh water before swimming.

– No one likes a ripped cap! To prevent rips, never put your fingernails in contact with the cap. Make sure your fingernails are well trimmed to further prevent rips.

Do you have any questions about how to put on a swim cap? Feel free to ask us in the comments!

SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray

Chlorine and your health, With the SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray

Understanding the benefits and minimizing the hazards of chlorine.

Bottle of SwimSpray Chlorine Removal

Why do swimming pools use chlorine?

  • Chlorine is great for keeping pool water, your body, and other swimmers clean.
  • It is a form of bleach that gives pool operators the ability to keep participants safe by adhering to Health Department water quality standards.

The hazards of chlorine and the benefits of using SwimSpray after swimming.

Chlorine bonds to your body and, unless properly neutralized, is often associated with damaging and bleaching hair and also drying and irritating skin.

  • SwimSpray is the first product that removes the chlorine from your hair and skin in a safe, gentle, and all-natural way.
  • SwimSpray leaves your hair soft and moisturized and maintains hair color.
  • SwimSpray keeps your skin from drying out and becoming itchy or irritated.
  • SwimSpray is 100% natural, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and free from artificial colors.
  • SwimSpray is experimentally verified to be 400x more effective than traditional anti-chlorine shampoos and soaps.

 

“I don’t know how I ever got along without it.”
Chloe Sutton – 2008 & 2012 Olympian

How to Use SwimSpray

Swimmer rinsing pool water from hair

STEP 1 – RINSE

Rinse off the pool water

Swimmer applying SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray

STEP 2 – APPLY SWIMSPRAY

Apply about 20 – 30 sprays of SwimSpray to hair and skin.

Swimmer washing hair

STEP 3 – SHOWER

Spread and rinse SwimSpray, either by itself or with your favorite soap or shampoo.

Gentle on Hair, Skin and Eyes

SwimSpray is a pH-balanced, pediatrician- and dermatologist-recommended vitamin C technology that is safe for swimmers of all ages – including children.

About SwimSpray

SwimSpray was invented by swimmers for swimmers and is 100% owned and operated by swimmers.

SwimSpray’s mission is to make swimming better for all swimmers by improving swimmer health and education.

Get your bottle of SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray today!

Speedo Footwear Technology

Creating truly innovative footwear that’s unmatched in comfort and performance comes down to the details. At Speedo, we dissected what we do best and where we could be better to create a line of inspired aquatic style and function. Our constant strive to be better led to new, proprietary technologies, including FluidFlow, S-Trac, reBND foam, and Exsqueeze Me cushioning. Whether you are charging a mountain trail, racing in a triathlon or simply strolling the beach, Speedo footwear delivers superior drainage, traction and comfort.

VIBRAM

Vibram is the undisputed leader in high-performance rubber soles. We looked to this trusted partner for a sole with more grip, comfort and durability. They delivered with the TC1, a high-performance rubber compound that reduces slipping on the smoothest, wettest surfaces.

Our Pick: Speedo FST Amphibious Water Shoes Female

PLUSFOAM

Unlike traditional EVA, PlusFoam is crafted from post-consumer, post-manufacturing, scrap and virgin materials to create a nonabsorbent, anti-microbial surface. PlusFoam is not only outperforms traditional EVA. It’s also created to be a landfill neutral and continuously recyclable.

Our Pick: Speedo Blaze Clog Shoes Male

FLUIDFLOW

FluidFlow technology promtes water flow and drainage throughout the shoe enhancing quick drying properties. It allows water to freely flow trough the midsole increasing water resistance and drag for a maximum workout. Fluidflow technology quickly drains excess water throughout the outsole preventing absorption and keeping your feet dry.

Our Pick: Speedo Quan Sandals Female

S-TRAC

S-TRAC rubber outsoles offer water management and dispersion characteristics providing maximum traction. S-TRAC technology streamlines water away from the outsole and enhances direct surface contact to improve traction and slip resistance.

Our Pick: Speedo Surfwalker Pro 2.0 Water Shoes Male

EXSQUEEZE ME CUSHIONING

Engineered to gently mold around ones foot the same way soft, wet sand does, Exsqueeze Me cushioning helps create new levels of comfort and support feel in our sandals and water shoes.

Our Pick: Speedo Exsqueeze Me Rip Slide Sandals Female

Get Rid of Pool Chemicals with Malibu C!

Swimmers, remove the effects of chlorine, bromine and other harsh chemicals from pools from your hair, skin and swimwear with the help of Malibu C products! We’re proud to carry this line of 100% vegan care products and we know our customers will love the effects just as much as we do. Read on to learn more about the products we offer.

Swimmer’s Wellness Shampoo

Malibu C Swimmer's Wellness ShampooGently cleanse and protect against extreme damage from pool chemicals and sea salt that cause breakage and discoloration. Combat crunchy, gummy hair with this pure, 100% vegan, wellness formula free of sodium thiosulfate and other undesired chemicals. For all hair types and all ages!

Swimmer’s Wellness Conditioner

Malibu C Swimmer's Wellness ConditionerShield your hair from chemical and mineral attack naturally. his wellness complex with Aloe dramatically restores radiant shine and vibrant color. Experience this rich blend of proteins and amino acids to promote superior comb-through and ultimate manageability while infusing vital moisture to dehydrated, damaged locks for optimal softness.

Swimmer’s Health and Wellness Beauty Treatment

Malibu C Swimmers Health and Wellness Beauty TreatmentDitch damage and discoloration with this must-have tune-up tool for swimmers’ hair that instantly kicks crunchy, gummy, lifeless locks into tip top shape to reveal the ultimate in softness, swing and shine. Once a week, massage one package of crystals into your wet hair, let sit for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Swimwear Care Crystals

Malibu C SwimWear Care CrystalsExtend the life of your swimwear with just a few shakes! The simple combination of Care Crystals, fresh water and a little elbow grease will save you tons of cash in the future thanks to not having to buy so many swimsuits. Available both in a 3oz shaker and a box of 24 pre-measured 5 gram packs.

Swim and Sport Skin Care Kit

Malibu C Swim & Sport Skin Care KitUsed twice daily and also after every exposure to water or other harsh environmental aggressors, this exclusive, advanced skin care system (facial cleanser, Zinc C serum and moisturizer) provides immediate results superior to any products ever formulated for conditions unique to swimmers and athletes. For those athletes and outdoor types serious about skin care!

Try one or all of the products today! Visit the Malibu C page on Swim2000!

Take your training to the next level with PoolMateHR!

For those that swim on their own – we’ve found the perfect training companion for those long sessions in the pool.

PoolMateHR

Swimovate’s PoolMateHR – the ultimate swim training watch!

PoolMateHR PackageWhat makes PoolMateHR different from the myriad of swim watches on the market? It has a heart rate monitor that works both in and out of the pool. We here at Swim2000 know how many of you have wanted an underwater heart rate monitor and we are so pleased to finally be able to offer it to you! Beyond the underwater heart rate monitor, PoolMateHR is loaded with tons of useful features.

One of our favorite aspects of this watch is the vibrating alarm. There are three different ways to use this feature – by laps, distance or time. Never lose track of your laps again by having the PoolMateHR vibrate on multiples of a set number of laps. Or have it vibrate every time you’ve gone a set amount of meters. If you don’t care about laps or distance, you can set it to vibrate after a certain amount of time so you know your workout is complete!

PoolMateHR SoftwareThe PoolMateHR also has its own easy-to-use computer software. Connect the watch to your PC or Mac and analyze your performance in the pool! Custom generated charts help you break down sessions, sets and laps. Study your heart rate, speed and technique progression by simply connecting your watch to the included USB charging and downloading pod.

If you’re serious about swimming, you won’t find any electronic device better than the PoolMateHR! Learn more by clicking here!

Take Care of Yourself with Personal Care Swimming Products!

Dry itchy skin, green hair and smelling like chlorine are all problems of the past when you shop Personal Care at Swim2000! Here are a few highlighted products to help you smell fresh and feel great after swimming.

Shampoos and Conditioners

UltraSwim ShampooOne of our favorite shampoo-conditioner combos (and definitely a customer favorite!) is UltraSwim Shampoo and UltraSwim Conditioner. The shampoo has a unique formula that attacks chlorine build up, releasing chlorine bonded to your hair. The conditioner delivers extra moisture to chlorine-exposed locks and helps repair split ends. It’s also one of our lowest-priced hair care offerings, making it a perfect choice for those who need to wash the chlorine from their hair on a regular basis! Another favorite shampoo is Reflect H2O Sulfate Free Swim Shampoo. Those wanting to take extra special care of their hair will want to try this shampoo, as it contains quality ingredients that are gentle on your hair. Pair that with the Reflect H2O Pre-Swim and Sun Protecting Hair Gel for a complete solution for protecting your hair from chlorine!

Soaps, Body Washes and Chlorine Removal

Summer Solutions Soap+ BarWe’ll start simple by giving two thumbs up to the Summer Solutions Soap+ Bar. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and does a great job of removing chlorine from the skin. If you prefer body wash over bar soap, try the TriSwim Body Wash. Since it contains aloe it is also gentle on your skin, and the citrus scent is delightful! If you still can’t get rid of that annoying chlorine smell, SwimSpray is what you need! This Vitamin C spray is great at removing the chlorine smell, and it can be used on the body or on hair.

Lotion

TriSwim LotionChlorine can dry out the skin – that’s why it’s great to always have a bottle of Summer Solutions Moisture Therapy on hand. Specifically formulated for swimmers, this lotion will hydrate and soothe your dry skin. Another great choice is TriSwim Lotion, which contains Vitamin E and Vitamin B5 – ingredients that will help penetrate the skin to moisturize, hydrate and heal your skin.

Chafing Protection

BodyGlideSome of us don’t just swim, and we have products formulated for our triathlete friends too! A perennial favorite for preventing chafing is BodyGlide, which we have available in the original formulation as well as an anti-pain balm. If you want something created just for women, you’ll definitely want to try the aptly-named Reflect Sports Hoo Ha Ride Glide.

We hope this post helps you repair your hair and skin from the harsh effects of chlorine and chafing!

Tyr Torque Pro Swimskins

Ready to take your swim to the next level? Tyr’s Torque Pro Swimskin can take you there!

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Designed to be first out of the water. Twice.

Kona 2011. First, came Andy Potts, taking the men’s swim by 1 minute 54 seconds in his Torque swimskin. Then, came Amanda Stevens, winning the women’s by a full 2 minutes. More competitors at Kona wore Torque than any other swimskin.

The Torque Swimskin Series is comprised of some of the most advanced technologies in Triathlon.

The Torque Pro features a revolutionary fabric never before seen in the sport. It’s comprised of a Hydrophilic Outer Layer with an ultra low drag coefficient of .021. Hydrophobic Inner Layer employs a 0.5% water absorption rate. Composite Knit Fabric offers a form-fit for minimal drag without sacrificing flexibility.

Lastly, the Pro Series features a durable coil zipper that cuts valuable seconds off the transition and the Secure Beaded Grip to make sure your suit stays exactly where you want from start to finish.

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Purchase the men’s style and the women’s style from Swim2000 today!

FATHER’S DAY

Sunday is Father’s Day and with it comes the opportunity to enjoy quality water time with dear old Dad.  If it’s a backyard pool party, there are a number of ways to enhance your aquatic experience this Father’s Day.  A backyard pool party for the family and friends will take on another dimension with the inclusion of toys and pool games for the festivities.  Grab a snorkel and mask set and set up a scavenger hunt using dive rings and pool toys.  For a combination of games, look to the Across Pool Volleyball/Badminton Set from Water Gear.  This set includes the standards, net, ball, rackets and birdies for guaranteed hours of pool fun.  If basketball is your game, add another dimension and play a championship series of your own with the Heavy Duty Water Basketball Game, also from Water Gear.  Team or one-on-one competitions will keep everyone involved, and it may give Dad a reason, or the perfect excuse, to officiate the action.

Perhaps Dad just wants to kick back and relax this Father’s Day.  Maybe he just wants to sit back and enjoy watching it all.  If that’s the case, let him lounge in style and watch all the competition with a quality flotation device.  Keep beverages at the ready and share some floating time with Dad on the River Run II from Wet Products.  This dual tube design features seating for two, two cup holders, two handles (for the rogue wave) and showcases a cooler in the middle that keeps beverages cold and ready.  Wet Products also offers the 18 Pocket Suntanner.  This raft is over 6 feet long, 2 feet wide and includes a pillow for Dad to rest his weary head on.  However, Dad may need to load up on the sunscreen in case the competition is so riveting he happens to doze off for a few minutes on this floating nap vessel.

Remember, whatever activities you have planned this Father’s Day, it’s always safety first.  Enjoy, and Happy Father’s Day!

Summer and Mirrored Goggles!!!

Both competitive and recreational swimmers are likely to spend more time
outdoors during the summer months.  They also have to contend with the
intensity of the summer sun, an intensity that can negatively impact a
swimmer's vision both in and around the water.  We all have only one set
of eyes, and it's important to take every precaution to protection them. 
Wearing a quality pair of goggles every time you're in the water is strongly
recommended, whatever the water activity may be.  Goggles provide a water
tight seal for hours on end, making it easier to see clearly and ensuring the
safety and protection of your eyes from the harmful elements and irritants
found in the water.  Goggles also include quality protection from the harmful
rays of the sun, incorporating UVA/UVB protection features that are second to
none.  And if you’re concerned about comfort, don’t be. 
Components found in goggles today not only provide a water tight seal, they also
provide a comfortable fit you can rely on time and time again. 

Increased glare is a factor all swimmers have to contend with in the pool and
the open water during the summer months, and it's a factor that can have a huge
impact on swimmers during a competition.  The best way to combat the
negative effects of increased glare from the summer sun during competition is
with a pair of mirrored swim goggles.  Mirrored lens goggles are
specifically designed to help reduce the glare associated with the reflection
of sunlight on the water, reducing eye strain and enhancing your vision in even
the most intense sunlight.  And for the fashionistas, mirrored goggles
provide a sleek look that will keep you as cool in your mind as you feel you
need to be each time you put them on.

A number of manufacturers offer mirrored goggles, in a variety of styles and
designs suited for any competitive or recreational discipline, as an integral
part of their product lines.  For speed in the pool, Speedo offers the
Liquid Storm Mirrored goggles.  Ideally suited for racing, these goggles
showcase a hard frame that provides a water tight seal, a low-profile fit that
reduces drag and mirrored, wide angle lenses that reduce glare, enhance vision
clarity and provide increased peripheral vision capability that enables you to
keep an eye on the competition. For open water and triathlon use, Tyr offers
the Nest Pro Metallized goggles.  Inspired by the bird nest design of the
Olympic Stadium in Beijing, Nest Pro Metallized goggles are quality performance
goggles with a high-tech design suitable for competition, training, triathlon
or open water use.  These goggles incorporate a VTS (Varied Tensile
Strength) headstrap that combines with the TPR gasket/frame system to enhance
comfort, provide a water tight seal and conform to your head for a secure fit. 
Nest Pro Metallized goggles are also comfortable, durable, and feature
mirrored, anti-fog lenses with wide angle vision capability and embedded
protection that reduces glare and enhances clarity whenever you're in the water.

Remember, it’s always safety first, especially where the eyes are
concerned.  And if you’re looking for some mirrored goggles to enhance
your summer season, contact Swim2000 and we’ll help you select a pair of
mirrored goggles that are right for you.