How To Put on A Swim Cap for Your Child!

Great Tips for Putting a Swim Cap on before Swim Lesson

Your child is desperate to get in the swimming pool and lesson is about to start but, you are struggling with the swim cap and just keep trying to pull the cap over the head without any success! The swim cap hysteria! Sounds familiar?? Trying to just pull a latex or silicone swim cap over your child’s head won’t work but, we can show you a simple technique which will! This video will help you to make the whole experience of swim cap as pain-free and tear-free as possible.

Latex swim caps will go on with much less resistance if you know how to do it with a bit of ‘team work’ with your child.

Here’s a simple technique for putting a swim cap on for your child.

Stretchy silicone or latex caps, like the swim cap you see in this video, are very comfortable and make swimming more enjoyable once positioned correctly on the head. But putting a swim cap on children specially if they have long hair, can be tricky.

Why watching ‘how to put a swim cap on’ video will help you?

If you don’t put the swim cap on correctly, the tension from the cap on your child’s scalp and hair can be really uncomfortable and prevent them from focusing on swimming and learning.

Wearing a swim cap at Blue Wave Swim School for all swimmers who are aged 3 years and above is compulsory.

If you wonder why swim caps are a MUST for swimming, specially for lessons, here are our reasons:

  1. To make sure hair stays off face:  When you swim, it is very important your hair stays off the face and doesn’t cover nose and eyes, which could be really annoying.  A swimming cap will stop that and keep swimmers’ hair out of their face so that swimmers can see as they swim.
  2. To protect the hair from the damaging effects of chlorine:  Whilst your child’s hair will still get wet, caps will prevent your hair from becoming saturated with the chlorinated water in the pool which can damage the hair.
  3. For Hygiene. People who swim without a cap lose hair in the pool and this ends up floating in the water and clogging up the filters.
  4. Warmth: when you swim, a swim cap will help to keep the head warm and saves the body-heat.  According to a 2008 report in BMJ, a person loses 7 percent to 10 percent of his/her body heat through the head.

A big Misconception about Swim Caps:

A child swims backstroke

A big misconception about swim caps is that they are used to keep hair dry when swimming

Swim Caps are not designed to keep our hair dry! You may be surprised to hear that but no swim cap is guaranteed to keep your child’s hair dry. Although some swim caps could do a good job, this is not really their purpose. To keep your child’s hair 100% dry, you can wear two swim caps (use two latex swim caps or one latex and one silicone swim cap on the top) which will give a much tighter fit and should keep most of the water out.

Some Extra Advice:

A) Make sure, you put a swim cap on before putting on the goggles and getting in the pool (before hair gets wet).

B) If your child’s hair is long and prone to tangling, first tie your child’s hair with a hair band (preferably not an elastic one) and then try to put the swim cap on.

One of the biggest benefits of having swim cap during swimming, specially for children with long hair, is that it makes combing the hair out later, after the cap is removed, much easier and less painful.

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