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December 10th, 2002, 05:25 PM
Any tips on how to keep goggles on when doing a start? I would like to be able to wear them when I race but can't seem to keep them on when diving in.

December 10th, 2002, 05:41 PM
Hi Chuck!

Keep your head down!! Tuck your chin when you dive; if you even lift your head slightly, your goggles will slide down (believe me, I know). Also, tighten them a bit.

Some people like to put them on under their cap; I've heard that helps as well.

Good luck!

Bob Boder
December 10th, 2002, 08:17 PM
You can pull the front of your cap down over the top of your googles. Just a bit so you can still see.

Rain Man
December 10th, 2002, 10:02 PM
Never had problem keeping goggles on... since I was 8! Anyway, the biggest problem I could see is if the force of the water is so great upon entry that it were to knock your goggles off. This can be relieved by being streamlined upon entry into the water. Be tucked into the tight, modern streamline upon entry.

Other options... another thing I do is practice with one set of goggles, looser fit, more comfortable for training, and then at meets I wear a tighter fitting pair. It puts my ming at ease. I have no fear of them getting water-logged at all. Plus... even though you couln't wear those goggles for an entire practice due to the tightness, you figure a :30 -> 5:00 race it's really no problem.

Hope those suggestions help. Good luck!


December 11th, 2002, 06:52 AM
I wear competition goggles at meets and have them so tight that I fear permanent eye or brain damage. But, I figure since I only do this for a few minutes ever couple of months, the damage can't be that great. That's what I tell myself anyway. I wear the Speedo Aquablade goggles and they work nicely. Having said that, they will probably fly from my face with the force of of a missile at the next meet.

December 11th, 2002, 11:29 AM
Make sure your goggles are fairly streamlined in and of themselves. The new socket rockets by TYR are incredibly comfy for a racing goggle ... the peripheral vision is also great. Bigger almost clunky goggles catch alot more water ... and are easy to flip or move around even on push-offs. There are a ton of styles in the whole range from racing and very slim profiles on up to larger sizes.

December 14th, 2002, 02:51 AM
Goggles are like running shoes - if they fit well, they work well.

When buying goggles, press one eye onto your eye. It should suction on and stay on when you move your head around. As noted before, the less bulky the goggle is, the less water resistance it will face.

Practice pushing your goggles onto your face before diving in, and tightening them a bit. Before a race, don't hang around the blocks with the strap around your head - put your goggles on last.

Also practice diving a lot - even from the side of the pool. You'll feel where your head should be. Practice backstoke starts, too.

One unfortunate truism I've found: goggles (like bathing suits and running shoes) wear out - splurge every few months and buy a new pair.

Good luck!

December 14th, 2002, 11:11 AM
If you find a pair of goggles that fit very well and you like them buy several pairs or the next time you go to get the same kind you may find that they are not being made anymore.

December 31st, 2002, 12:51 AM
jeez...that's the worst thing that happens to me during races. And when they do come off, they stay on your face!! HOW ANNOYING...and to make things worst, you can't adjust them so they come off of your face because you'll get DQed! What a wonderful world we live in!

anyhow, I found a pair that hardly ever comes off when I start. I use the Tyr Technoflex 2.0. They stick on my face really well, but I replace them about once every three months. I have a different pair for racing and a different for training. They usually don't come off for me, but just to be safe, I buy a new one because as they get older and worn, the fit becomes crappier. It just doesn't stay on your face as good as a new pair.

So I think you should try many pairs becuase it took me about a dozen tries to get to the pair i use now.

Hope this helps:p

January 2nd, 2003, 05:09 PM
Another goggle question. Can someone reccommend a type that won't leave such ring marks on my eyes- I go to work after my swim and people stare at me.

January 2nd, 2003, 05:37 PM
The Kaiman goggle from Aqua Sphere leaves little or no rings around your eyes - they sit on the outside of the eye socket, not in it. Unlike traditional goggles, you don't have to wear them too tight that they leave marks. These are a smaller variation on the Seal Mask, which also will leavel little or no mark when worn correctly.

Note that I'm the Northeast regional sales manager for the company, so take that into consideration but ask around about them. Lots of Masters swimmers (myself included) are wearing them.

The website (www.AquaSphereUSA.com) lists retailers that carry them and you can pick them up on-line as well - just do a search on the net, or drop me an e-mail - we have reps across the country whose job it is to demonstrate our stuff.

January 2nd, 2003, 10:30 PM
What do you mean people stare at you....they're staring at you cause they're thinking, "Woah, look at that guy, he's a swimmer!"

well, I've had my share of eye rings. It's usually cause I tighten my googles so darn much. But for me, the Tyr Technoflex doesn't leave rings around my eyes. But again, it's trial and error, you have to keep looking for "The Perfect Googles."

i usually don't use the googles with the foamy lining, but I don't see why they would leave eye rings, they're really soft, but I think they stink when it comes to racing. Try not to get those googles with hard eye linings (I don't know if that's the correct term for it, but it's the part of the google that touches your skin) like the Swedish ones....boy will those leave a mark.

If all else fails, invest in some sunglasses...just try not to get a sunglass tan...people will stare at you...jk!



January 3rd, 2003, 05:17 PM
I to had a google problem. What you need to do is make sure that the googles are tight enough and you could try putting your google on them your cap! It works! Also make sure that they are streamlined! Try it, it should work for you!

hope your problem gets solved!:D

January 3rd, 2003, 05:23 PM
Speaking of eye rings. Has anyone else ever wondered if the people with pierced eyebrows have difficulty wearing goggles?

Phil M.
January 3rd, 2003, 09:52 PM
The rings-around-the-eyes I can live with but finding goggles that don't dig into the bridge of my nose is rather difficult. Some of the Barracudas work but they are not too good for racing. Thoughts on this one?

Phil Arcuni
January 4th, 2003, 01:28 PM
Does this problem go with the name? I have permanent goggle bumps on my nose from those headache inducing plastic bridges. Anyway, I think big noses are a underserved by goggle manufacturers.

Seal goggles are very comfortable, but not for pool races. Also, you might try using elastic for the nose bridge. It never worked for me (my eyes are too close together) but others swear by it.

January 4th, 2003, 02:02 PM
As to goggles irritating the nose's bridge, I've tried numerous brands because most rub my nose and i can't stand that. I have found two which have higher goggle bridges and don't rub my nose:

Kiefer Optical - Good for daily workout, last forever and good price.

Lane 4 one piece Optical - All rubber banding one piece and good for competition and daily swimming.

I know the two above come in non-optical as well.

I too have had the goggles slip on a start and know it was by not keeping my head down. I was told as a tip that if that does happen (as I'm sure it will again sometime), to pull the gogles down to your neck and continue swimming. When it happened to me, I was mostly blind during the 100 Meter swim (but finished the race).

Hope that helps.

January 5th, 2003, 11:48 AM
Have you seen the newish goggles where the same strap that holds the goggles on actually goes around the lenses and forms the nose bridge as well? It looks like soft silicone tubing ... and can be sized any which way you want. Lane 4 makes one called Revolution in two incarnations, racing and training (w/ more or less eye gasketing) and Arena makes a couple called Vortex, w/ various other names depending on racing or training or jr. size. I think they cost around $14@ ... but if they work for you it may be well worth it. Good Luck!

January 19th, 2003, 09:01 PM
well, its been a couple of weeks since Rich mentioned the Kaiman goggles from Aquasphere! (and thanx for giving us the website to tell us where they can be obtained).
I was given the privelege last spring to try a pair at our YMCA which has resulted in my buying over a dozen pairs since then, most of which I have given as "thankyous" or resold to swimmer friends. I have raved about them with several dealers of swim stuff. At the moment I have three pairs of them, one for each of the two pools I frequent and one for my travelling swim bag. I'll probably get another coupla pairs in the next few days just to be sure I have enough for the season.

How good are they? well, my workout is 2 to 2 1/2 hours most days. My first act after opening my locker is to put on my Kaiman goggles, then my swim cap, etc. When I get out of the pool I leave my goggles on until I get into the shower, where I rinse them and my suit. Unless I have occasion to dive they need not be very tight at the strap, the suction is that good. The tightness adjustment is very easy to make. Tighter usually without removal.

They are especially good for backstrokers , who can swim with eyes looking straight up with 180 degree side vision, showing the lane lines at all times.

If it should happen that your eyes bug-out to the extent that they touch the lenses, don't throw them away! The guy in the next lane will be glad to have them.

They have kid sizes also.

January 20th, 2003, 11:30 PM
Zoomzoomdave: I think those foamy kind suck too. They have no leakage protection.

On the Thread Subject: My goggles came off at the begining of my 500 race once, as soon as I dove in, that was great, but not really. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be I just closed my eyes some during the race and made sure to watch out for those walls! It probley would have made me do better if I would have had them on for the whole invent but I never really came in first anyway so I guess it was a learning experience: always practice dive in the goggles your going to use in your race. :rolleyes: