Goggles or No Goggles?

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Parents are often confused at whether to have their swimmer wear goggles when taking swim lessons. Many learn to swim programs have suggestions as to whether swimmers should or shouldn’t use goggles. Parents should discuss these suggestions with the program they enroll at, to ensure they understand the reasons behind program suggestions. Programs can range from requiring all swimmers to wear goggles to not allowing goggles at all. It should never be mandatory to wear goggles while swimming; however, there are many benefits to using goggles. 

Getting babies or young swimmers to wear goggles can increase their willingness to put their face in and go under water. When swimmers realize how clear the water is, compared to without goggles, they tend to want to explore underwater. Wearing goggles can help hesitant swimmers be more comfortable and excited about swimming.

Introducing goggles to young swimmer can be difficult and many may not accept using them at first. Goggles can be tight and uncomfortable, when swimmers are not used to them. The best way to get your swimmer to become comfortable wearing goggles is to start by introducing them to goggles outside of swim lessons. For example, practice using goggles at home in the bath. This allows swimmers to start using goggles where they are comfortable and doesn't waste swim lesson time.

More advanced swimmers rarely go without goggles because they are so used to swimming with them. Wearing goggles can be of great benefit but it is important that swimmers don’t become dependent on wearing goggles.


Why Do Instructors Make Swimmers Swim Without Goggles?

It is very important that all swimmers can swim without goggles. Water safety is the main goal of most swim lessons and being dependent on goggles can limit your child’s safety in the water. When a child is in an unexpected situation or accidentally falls into the water, they will not have their goggles (or even their swim suit). It is also likely that the child will panic when they hit the water without goggles. This is why swim instructors may require swimmers to practice water safety skills without goggles. If a swimmer can fall into the water, float and get to the side of the pool, without goggles, they are more likely to be able to survive an accidental fall into the water.

Some Children Have to Wear Goggles

For medical and other associated reasons some children may need to wear goggles – such as prescription goggles. If this is then case then:

  1. Choose a pair with BSI instructions on the packaging for the correct way to put on and take off goggles.

  2. Choose a pair that fit properly. Leaking goggles could affect the child and waste lesson time.

  3. Talk to your instructor about the reason for using the goggles and options for practicing skills without them.

Jump Start Swimming Goggle Information

  • Jump Start Swimming does not require swimmers to use goggles during our swim lessons; however, we always offer swimmers the choice.

  • Instructors will encourage younger swimmers to use goggles, especially when they are hesitant or resistant to putting their eyes and face underwater. 

  • If goggles are used, the instructor may require that the swimmer practice a few skills without the goggles to ensure they are capable of staying calm and completing the water safety sequence without goggles. 

  • Swimmers can bring their own goggles if they have a pair they are comfortable with, but it is not required. Jump Start Swimming always has extra goggles available. 

  • Parents are encouraged to talk to the instructor if they have any questions. 

Instructors For A Cause: AVON 39

Sonia Djafri has been an instructor for Jump Start Swimming for over two years. Sonia participated in the AVON 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer on September 12-13, 2015. This was the 13th annual Avon walk to be help in Santa Barbara. Sonia walked a total of 39.3 miles and raised $1750. These donation went to the Avon Foundation . By the end of the second day in Santa Barbara, the participants had raised more than $5.3 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer. 

Sonia completed this walk in honor of her grandmother, Grandma Kathy. She fought and beat breast cancer once, but unfortunately passed away from the recurrence of breast cancer. She also walked because every three minutes, another woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US; by the time you finish reading this, there will be a new diagnosis. Cancer is a terrible disease that affects us all.

Sonia's dream is to become a pediatric oncologist and she has already started interning at the oncology floor at HOAG hospital!! Because she is still a few years away from making her dream come true, Sonia decided to participate in the AVON 39 walk to help contribute to the fight against cancer.

Jump Start Swimming is very proud of our instructors and are amazed everyday at their strength. Jump Start Swimming is happy to support her as she strives to reach her goals. Jump Start Swimming donated $500 and our support to Sonia and the fight against breast cancer. 

Sonia's goal was to raise $1800. She is very close to this goal but has not quite reached it. If you would like to donate please use the link below. There is not pressure to donate.


Jump Start Swimming loves supporting our instructors and we are very proud of Sonia for all she has done. 

Sonia Djafri

"Walking 39.3 miles was no easy task, but it pales in comparison to chemo and radiation. I am so elated & proud to have been part of a group of 2,300 amazing people who raised 5.3 million dollars for the fight against breast cancer! ‪#Powerof39‬ ONLY $86 away from my goal!!"