December 1, 2013 · by Rick Madge
Present-Day Practice and Competition Swimsuits
First off, younger swimmers, such as those in Novice or below, do not need competition suits, even if they go in the occasional meet . The benefits for them are far too small to be worth the very hefty price tag. But wearing board shorts or other similar beach wear is also not advisable for training either. Those bulky suits weigh the body down, and make holding a good body position far more difficult.
All swimmers should have a few practice suits. These suits are generally polyester / nylon and lycra mixes and should be treated for chlorine resistance. Speedo, Tyr and a few other companies make them. These swim suits should fit comfortably, unlike competition suits. Women’s suits are all pretty similar, but men’s suits come in brief and jammer.
Experienced swimmers may also want a competition suit. While these do cost a lot, they definitely allow older and more technically proficient swimmers to go faster than they would in a practice suit. These suits can be tough to put on (usually 2 or more sizes smaller than practice suits), and require up to 20 minutes to put on.