Do we have to wear swimming hats?
Many parents/guardians question whether swimming hats must be worn during swimming lessons. The answer is YES and here are some of the reasons why:
- Health and safety
- Benefit swimming
- Protect hair / hold keep ear plugs secure
Wearing a hat ensures that all hair is neatly tucked away which enables the teachers and swimmers not to get their fingers tangled in the hair. There is a risk without a hat that hair can become tangled around lane ropes and equipment. Secondly, swimmers often stop to move their hair from out of their face whilst swimming, therefore enabling swimmers to continue without interruption.
Pools are regularly cleaned, however, sometimes there are small/large clumps of hair floating around in the pool – swimmers and teachers do not like their feet or hands being tangled in them!
Hats reduce the drag a swimmer feels whilst swimming and can help maintain a more streamlined position. These factors are more significant when a swimmer reaches competition level.
I strongly recommend hats to protect hair from chlorine as an extra barrier, particularly for frequent swimmers. Often swimmers use ear plugs (for various reasons), therefore hats provide a good barrier to stop water getting into the ears and also keeping the ear plugs in place.