Choosing a Swimsuit

Swimsuits are available in many styles and fabrics. Take the time to find the perfect fit, feeling comfortable will ultimately have you swimming faster.

Choose a design that fits your body shape and is wrinkle-free; thin straps work better for slimmer, small-busted women, wider straps give better support for a larger frame. Don’t let your swimsuit impede your stroke; allow freedom of movement with the perfect leg shape or look to free up your shoulder blades with a cross back. Find a cut that is comfortable and works best for your body shape.  Tight fitting swimsuits can help reduce the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles, lactic acid is the main culprit for your muscles feeling tired.

Chlorine-resistant fabrics will stand up to harsh indoor pool chemicals.  Some swimsuits offer UPF 50+ protection for outdoor ultraviolet rays.

Do good for our planet with a swimsuit that has good eco-credentials.

For the competitive swimmer looking to maximise performance find a bodyskin made from advance lycra-based fabrics designed to hug the body tightly, compression fit will allow for better oxygen flow to the muscles and holds the body in a more streamlined position in the water whilst repelling water and increasing flexibility. Looking to win gold you might consider a swimsuit with stitched seams to minimize fluid resistance and some swimsuits worn for Olympics have ultrasonically welded seams to further reduce drag.

For times and records to be internationally recognized, competitive swim meets need to comply with FINA regulations.  To confirm that your swimsuit is approved by World Aquatics, visit the website:

World Aquatics Approved swimwear (fina.org)

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