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Choosing swimming goggles that fit properly

Every summer when I sign my kids up for summer camp, swimming goggles is one of those things on the packing list that I never really paid much attention to. It is very tempting to just pick up the cheapest pack of goggles that they sell at the local sporting goods store. What you may not know is that not all swimming goggles are created equal, there are many different kinds and sizes to choose from.

If you look closely at the nose pieces of the goggles you will notice that there are different size widths of nose pieces to make sure that the goggles stay on. For kids the nose piece will be smaller than those made for adults. There are also different sized and shaped eye pieces to fit a wide variety of face types and sizes.

The tint of the goggles that you will want to get depends on when and where you are going to be swimming. Many swimmers prefer to get the tinted goggles even when swimming indoors but its up to you to choose the right tint for your preference. If you're going to be swimming outside in the summer the clear lenses might be too bright for your eyes to see anything in the pool.

Testing the size and that you will need is actually very simple and you don't even really need to put them on all the way. What you want to do is take the eyepieces and bring them up to your eyes. Using a very little bit of pressure, push them up to your face. There shouldn't be a ton of suction but just enough to hold the eyepieces in place. They should be able to sit on your eyes without falling for between 1 and 2 minutes. If they slip then they are too big and you will need to look for a smaller pair, if they are too tight then you are looking at a pair that is too small.

The last thing that you will want to look at is the strap. There aren't a lot of options here and it really just comes down to your personal preference. I have found that my kids don't like the single strap ones because they cut into their heads when worn for too long. Most swimmers I have seen wear either a double or split strap. Try them both on to see which ones you like the most.

Armed with this information you should be able to pick a pair that you or your kids will want o wear in the pool because they fit properly.

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Do you have to wear goggles when you swim if you want to protect your eyes from damage?

Wearing goggles when you swim is a personal choice. Some people can swim under water with their eyes open and it doesn't bother them, others get really sore from the chemicals in the water. It's probably kinder to your eyes to use goggles when you are swimming in the sea or in a pool and it definitely helps kids to feel comfortable in the water.

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I was working at a kids camp and a little kid accidently dropped my camera and the lens got messed up. I pushed it back in, but now it's jammed. I really need a camera for this summer, but I can't afford to buy a new one.

Try turning it on/off and changing the focus from auto to manual. Perhaps with some fiddling it will get back into the proper place. Otherwise you could bring it to a Best Buy for the Geek Squad who could take a look at it, or bring it to wherever it was purchased. Any electronics store would look at it for you.

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