Why No Goggles?
We are often asked why we don’t encourage the use of goggles when children are learning to swim. Here’s why…
• Learning to swim is essentially a lifesaving skill. Goggles would not be available in an emergency or if your child fell into water unintentionally.
• By using goggles, you are only avoiding a problem. When learning to become confident in the water, goggles are a barrier. Children need to be taught how to open their eyes underwater.
• We do believe children earn the privilege of using goggles when they reach the Advanced and Top Squad groups and are able to swim to a good standard. Goggles are a great tool for Advanced swimmers, as they allow them to progress with a more complex understanding of their swimming.
If any children suffer with serious allergies or medical problems in the water, we will, of course, allow them to use goggles.