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Selecting a Girls' Swimsuit

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Buying the right swimsuit for her this year will keep her feeling comfortable while she's in the water and stand up better to the deteriorating effects of chlorine. When choosing a girls' suit for your little swimmer, be sure to take note of the fabric, types of suits, features and fit.

End Use

To best select a swimsuit that fits her needs, you first need to determine how and where she will use the swimsuit. Whether she's a competitive swimmer on a team or looking for a suit to wear for her first summer lifeguarding job, DICK's Sporting Goods has just the suit for her.

Competitive Swim

For both competitions and training, competitive swimmers need high-performance suits that maximize speed in the water and improve glide times by reducing drag and increasing water flow. Many swimmers buy separate suits for training and competitions, but both usually have compression technology, which give the suit a seamless, tight fit.

Racing and Training

Racing and Training suits are used by competitive swimmers during practice and training. These suits need to be able to withstand frequent use, chlorine and constant wear so swimmers can rely on them all season long.

  • Practice suits for competitive athletes
  • Fabrication of suits can affect wear, shape and pool time
  • Long-lasting design and fabrication so they can be worn often and during long practices

Championship

Championship suits are technical suits used mostly for big competitions and championship meets. These suits are designed with groundbreaking technologies that enhance competitive swimmers' performances in the pool.

  • Technical suits designed purely for competition
  • Typically only worn by competitive athletes during big meets and races
  • Feature latest technologies that reduce drag, increase speed and enhance performance
  • Improve hydrodynamics
  • Look for FINA approved logo to be sure your chosen swimsuits follows required guidelines

Lifeguard

Lifeguard suits are meant to be comfortable, long-lasting and functional. Lifeguards need to be able to wear them while they aren't on duty, when they're teaching swim classes and when they're saving lives. Different cuts and styles are available so lifeguards can choose the appropriate suit for their position.

Fit & Measurements

For her to accurately measure her body for a swimsuit, she will need to make sure the tape measure is straight, not twisted and is snug against her body, but not pinching or tight. While standing straight, she should measure around her waist.

Size

Consult the size chart below to determine which swimsuit will best fit her body.

  • Choose the smaller size if she is between sizes in Racing and Training suits.
  • When buying a Racing and Training or Championship suit, sizes do not matter as much as measurements. If her measurements do not align to her usual size, do not be alarmed. Buy the swimsuit that accurately fits her measurements.

Things to consider when buying a new swimsuit:

Fabric

Nylon & Lycra

  • Durable, performance driven
  • Tight fit for streamlined shape
  • Form-fitting, flexible and lightweight
  • Great elasticity for range of motion

Polyester

  • Great training suits for competitive swimmers because they can be worn often without losing shape and fit
  • Long-lasting wear
  • Chlorine-resistant
  • Durable and comfortable for long use
  • Does not stretch or lose shape as much as other fabrics

Technical

  • Lightweight compression fabric
  • Core stabilization
  • Sleek design to optimize body position and reduce drag
  • Water repellant, chlorine-resistant and fast drying

Suit Type

One-Piece

Neck-to-Knee

Back Type

Open

  • Superior range of mobility and movement
  • More flexibility in the water

Moderate

  • Additional support provided by the racerback and thicker straps

Conservative

  • The most coverage and support available

Strap Width

Thick

  • Offers more support

Thin

  • Allows for more freedom of movement
  • Provides flexibility and unrestricted mobility

Features

Splice

  • Side panel color and pattern detail options can be used to match team colors
  • Popular option for team suits

Care & Maintenance

  • Rinse her swimsuit with cold water after each use as chlorine can wear down the material
  • Hang to dry out of direct sunlight, either in the shade or indoors
  • Do not machine wash or put in the dryer
  • It's time to buy a new swimsuit when it starts losing its shape, color and stretch

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