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Why wear a swim cap?
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I see all these blokes with short hair or no hair wearing swim caps-is there a reason that Im missing? I understand if you have long hair or are in a race but for crunching out laps Im a little...what the? So whats the reason?
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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I'm 100% smooth-domed bald. I wear a cap in the pool because swim caps drive me crazy. I know I'll have to wear one during races, so I do it to build tolerance.

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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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The cap holds my goggle straps in place. Otherwise the straps slide to the bottom of my head and put uneven pressure on the goggles.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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dunno wrote:
I see all these blokes with short hair or no hair wearing swim caps-is there a reason that Im missing? I understand if you have long hair or are in a race but for crunching out laps Im a little...what the? So whats the reason?

Not sure how you’re defining long or short hair but I wear a a cap as the chlorine makes hair very dry.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [pj_haas] [ In reply to ]
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I'm 100% bald and Wear my cap partly as it keeps my goggles in place but mainly because I always have. It was a rule to wear one with my club from the age if about 5. Swimming without one feels weird.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [mickison] [ In reply to ]
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i started wearing a swim cap to get used to them in races, now when i swim without one it feels like my goggles are slipping down my head

some pools insist that swim caps are worn whether short or long hair ?
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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I’m wit you. Getting to and from the pool is complicated enough. Not messing with a swim cap has helped simplify the process.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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I swim with one during Race Weeks.

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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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In pool training, I wear it to keep me warm. I run really cold in the pool. I don't know if it does keep me warmer, but someone suggested it once and now I have convinced myself it does.

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.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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dunno wrote:
I see all these blokes with short hair or no hair wearing swim caps-is there a reason that Im missing? I understand if you have long hair or are in a race but for crunching out laps Im a little...what the? So whats the reason?

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.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [SBRinSD] [ In reply to ]
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SBRinSD wrote:
I’m wit you. Getting to and from the pool is complicated enough. Not messing with a swim cap has helped simplify the process.

Pink? Or do you also struggle with chewing gum and walking?
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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dunno wrote:
I see all these blokes with short hair or no hair wearing swim caps-is there a reason that Im missing? I understand if you have long hair or are in a race but for crunching out laps Im a little...what the? So whats the reason?

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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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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A lot of pools require them - most every one I go to does. If you have hair, wear one. I don't want to accidentally suck down your loose hairs. For the totally bic'd baldies...well, not sure what to tell you. Pretend like you have hair and rock it anyway?
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [ninagski] [ In reply to ]
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A lot of pools require them
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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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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [Tri-Banter] [ In reply to ]
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I've only been to one that it was mandatory at. I've also never gotten a mouth full of hair. I have however gotten some strands across my face, pretty rare event though. I figure it's good practice for when swimming in open water and you get random seaweed and other floaty stuff in your face - less likely to freak out that way. :)
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe the same reason that people still go full kit when they are putzing around at 14 mph on their bikes
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [Tri-Banter] [ In reply to ]
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I swim at Equinox in NYC. They require them. I've also swum at JCC Manhattan, they also require them. I've seen lifeguards kick bald men out of the pool (and also others with hair) if they don't have a cap.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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keep my tempo trainer in place...

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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [Zenmaster28] [ In reply to ]
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I have swam through hair plenty of times... never had it go into my mouth

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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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As an age group swimmer I wore one only at meets.


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.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [realAB] [ In reply to ]
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realAB wrote:
I have swam through hair plenty of times... never had it go into my mouth

...that you know of...

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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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I always wear it because if feels weird to go without. Just what I'm used to at this point. Plus it's faster, and you've gotta race with one anyway, and it really isn't a big deal to put it on, so a cap it is...

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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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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I have a shaved smooth head. I do not wear a cap in the pool. Before I shaved I found that without a cap I lifted my head and dropped my hips so that’s why I did with short hair. I do wear a cap in open water while training. At least I usually do... but that’s so people can see me.

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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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The swimmer rocking the race cap, thinking: "PLEASE notice my race cap with my race number on it..."

Another swimmer: "Say, did you do IM XYZ?"

First swimmer: "Yeah, as a matter of fact, I did! I did okay, I had a good day, but it was my 'A' race and I didn't quite do what I wanted to do..."

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.
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Re: Why wear a swim cap? [dunno] [ In reply to ]
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My pool requires them as well which is why I have always worn one as a masters swimmer.

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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