It might sound obvious but you'll be surprised at the method some people use to try and put on a swimming hat. Now, I've still got childhood memories of my mother trying to scrape my hair into a latex hat and it usually ended in tears and that was until I learned how to do it myself.
New Swim Cap?
If you've bought a brand new swimming cap, you'll find that it sticks to itself, your head and your hair. Now, the best way to avoid this is add a little talcum powder on the inside and the out. Give it a rub and then it'll be nice and comfortable and ready to wear.
Tip For Long Hair
It's down to personal preference but I like to just tie my hair in a bun at the back of my head and then I put my hat on from the back to the front. Now, you can try going from the front to the back but you're usually left with bits sticking out the bottom.
Race Day Cap
The race organisers will usually provide hats that must be worn throughout the race, so don't go swapping it before your event as a colour will have been assigned specifically to your swim wave and don't panic if your race hat splits or gets a hole as the organisers will usually have spares.
Wear Your Cap Correctly
You'd be surprised that the variation in position of caps on some swimmers heads. Now, most hats have a line running down the centre and the idea is you want that going from the front to the back of your head, not across because let's face it, we don't really want to add any extra drag. Now, another thing to bear in mind is making sure your hat's far enough down over your forehead because there's nothing worse than it gradually creeping up and taking your googles off with it when it falls off in a race.
When buying a new hat, consider choosing a bright colour for open-water swimming, so you can be seen easily if you're training alone and it's important to be clearly visible to boats using the same water and in the worst case scenario if you do get into trouble, you'll be found more easily.
Now, another little extra tip if you're heading to your first race and you want to look like you know what you're doing, put your usual hat on first and your goggles just as you would do normally and then put the race cap over the top. This protects your goggles and stops them getting knocked off by other swimmers in a mass start.
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