A BIT ABOUT GOGGLES: Goggles are one of the most important pieces of equipment that a swimmer has.
We, as coaches, highly encourage all our athletes from: Developmental to Masters, to train with goggles. This allows for much improved technique and of course less eye irritation. Often swimmers will need to try several brands to find the kind that fit his or her face. Once you find a good brand - stock up!
Please do not send the swimmer to the pool with a brand new pair still in the package, it takes some time to adjust and fit them on the athletes face. The adjustments should be made prior to the athletes practice. It is hard on a coach to adjust goggles for swimmers while maintaining the integrity of a good practice.
Please write the swimmers name on the goggle strap so when left (guaranteed to happen) they have a better chance of making it back to the owner. Because of sanitary reasons, we as coaches, do not provide goggles to swimmers that come to practice without any. We really want to, because we know the difference it makes in the athlete practice. Therefore we would like all our swimmers to have two or three pairs in their swim bag.
There is a difference between racing goggles and practice goggles. Racing goggles are much tighter! They may be the same brand, but they would be uncomfortable to wear for a whole practice. The tightness in racing goggles helps them not fall down on the start of a race.
If the goggles do fall off at the start of the race, we teach our athletes to continue racing just like they were on. Just like practice goggles, athletes should have at least two pairs of racing goggles in your competition bag. Because (guaranteed) they will snap or get lost one minute before the swimmers race.
What if you wear glasses or contacts and have a hard time seeing the pace clock, coaches…? One answer is prescriptive goggles: There are prescription goggles available.
I have watched swimmers get prescriptive goggles and the quality of their training greatly improved. Now they see the pace clock, can get their times, know when to leave, as well as turns improve as they can see the wall and judge the distance. An internet search should provide you with several options. Another option is too wear your contacts then wear goggles over them. This tends to be a good solution for older athletes.