Everything you wanted to know about swim caps

Your swimmer will need plenty of caps.

Your swimmer will need plenty of caps.

In addition to swimsuits, another item that you will be buying for your young swimmer is plenty of swim caps. Fortunately, most of these products from high-performance Speedo swim caps to swimming caps for kids are inexpensive and should last some time as long as they are cared for. 

To determine what kinds of caps to buy for your child or yourself, consider the following factors: 

  • Comfort - Swimmers who have a sensitive scalp should be careful of which type of cap that they use. Latex products may pull or snag hair, so if you are you are worried about this happening, you may want to stick with silicone caps. 
  • Frequency of practices – Durability is one of the most important concerns when it comes to caps. Swimmers who are in the pool on an almost daily basis, may benefit from silicone caps as they are stretch-resistant. 
  • Swim intensity - High-level competitive swimmers who will be spending more than an hour in the pool are going to get a bit warm. For these types of practices, the thinness of a latex cap will keep your swimmer from getting too hot. 
  • Open water swimming – If swimming in the ocean or lakes will be a part of your swimmer's training routine, they will probably need a neoprene cap (wetsuit material) in addition to wearing a silicone or latex cap underneath. 
  • Water temperature – The thickness of silicone caps makes them very warm. This is great for pools that are on the cooler side, but in warm water, it can cause a swimmer to overheat. Latex caps are much thinner and are a much better option for heated pools. 

No matter which type of swim caps you ultimately choose to buy, taking care of them properly will keep them in use longer. After every swim, make sure that they are patted dry on the inside and outside.