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Not sure how youâ€™re defining long or short hair but I wear a a cap as the chlorine makes hair very dry.
In racing, I wear two. Cap...goggles...cap. First cap gives the goggles something to grip. Second cap keeps them in place if I get bumped.
Just because your hair is short, doesn't mean I want it in my mouth when I swim. It should be mandatory at all pools.
Indoor or outdoor pool? During the week I swim in an outdoor pool and wear a cap. If I didn't my skull would be burned to a crisp; not a good feeling. On the weekends I swim in an indoor pool and don't wear a cap. I have a completely shaved head BTW.
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I've swam in literally hundreds of pools, all in the US, across several different states. I've never encountered a pool that had a mandatory swim cap requirement.
I've also never gotten a mouth full of hair while swimming, which makes this a baffling argument. TBH- hair in a public pool is the least of my concerns. YMMV
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As a masters swimmer when i kept my hair really short I didn't bother wearing a cap. Now that i've let it grow longer if I don't wear a cap its long enough to go over my goggles which I find annoying.
Besides, Michael Phelps usually trained with a cap, as far as I can tell. If it's good enough for him...
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In all honesty, race/college/squad/meet caps are fun to wear, so I get it. I rocked one recently that was from the 2007 Australian Pan-Pacific Swim Championships, and I've worn a Stanford cap, both of which were given to me. I'm quick to add that part!
I'm losing my hair, I keep it very short, and the water in which I swim is pretty warm. But, I am finding that what remains of my hair is getting dry. I'll probably go back to wearing one. Definitely in OWS in water under 79.
When I was in High School I never wore a cap and I wore this crazy drag suit, to supposedly save the "fast feeling" (see also: shaved legs) for meets. But I think the sport has gotten away from that a little bit as the conventional wisdom (from talking to current coaches & swimmers) is that extra drag in practice really doesn't benefit you from a technique or workload perspective.
Also, soaking my hair in chlorine for 20 hrs/week with no barrier completely destroyed it - It was a faded blonde, almost white/bleached color (eyebrows as well) and the consistency was like straw. Now that I have to work for a living I prefer not to look like a 70 year old beach bum. But if I shaved my head I might still go capless.
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