Improve Your Swimming Technique with Speedo Equipment

Improve performance with the right swim training gear.
The right swim training gear makes all the difference.

Whether you are just getting started with competitive swimming or you’ve been involved in the sport for a significant amount of time, it’s important to use the right swim gear to enhance your training. Speedo offers a vast array of team gear and junior gear designed to help you make the most of your training sessions. The right swim equipment will make all the difference in your performance so you can be sure you are always on your game.

Kickboards

One of the most important types of training team gear is the kickboard. While many people think these boards are designed for young swimmers who are just learning to swim, they can still be an effective tool for seasoned swimmers and those who are interested in getting involved on the competitive level. When using kickboards in your training sessions, you will be able to isolate the movement of your legs, allowing your upper body to float through the water without worrying about the motion of your arms. Focusing on just one element of your swimming technique will help you improve your performance.

Pull Buoys

Just like the kickboards, using a pull buoy takes your legs out of the equation as you are working on your swimming technique. When you use this swim equipment to enhance your performance, you will be able to focus solely on the motion of your arms as the pull buoy keeps your legs afloat behind you. This valuable asset allows you to improve one area of your technique before putting the entire picture together to become a more effective swimmer overall.

Swim gear is such an important component to learning how to swim more effectively so you can perform your best in every meet. Whether you need adult-sized team gear or junior gear is required, you can find a variety of swim equipment designed to help you isolate various movements to improve your overall performance. Kickboards and pull buoys are both effective tools that will enhance your performance and help you become a better swimmer overall.

If you’re looking for the best competitive training gear, contact us. We carry a vast selection of swim equipment to help you improve your technique and your performance.

Who Invented Pools? A History of Swimming Pools

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There’s over 10 million pools in the United States today, but swimming pools were not always so prevalent. The last 50 years has seen an explosion of growth in backyard pools, once a luxury only available to those with names like Vanderbilt and Getty.

Pakistan 2500 B.C.

The Great Bath is credited as being the first man-made pool, built of stone and brick and coated with Bitumite tar. Discovered in 1926, it was thought to be used for spiritual bathing by the ancient Indus Valley people, who lived in the south of modern-day Pakistan. No lap swimming or water polo.

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The Great Bath at Mohenjo-daro in Sindh, Pakistan

Greece 700 B.C.

Ancient Greece is well known for the love of public baths, and as the Greek Philopsopher Plato stated, “A man is not learned until he can read, write and swim“. And Hippocrates recommended a daily scented bath and oil massage. Bathing is popular, but swimming, or playing pool games? Not so much, not even Marco Polo.

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Ancient Greek baths were especially popular during summer!

Rome 100 A.D.

And public baths were also a way of life in the Roman empire, and they were built in typically grand Roman style. The Caracalla baths in Rome, were fed a constant supply of fresh water from hills over 50 miles away, via a system of aquaducts. And, the first heated pool was installed by Gaius Maecenas during the first century. However, still not too much swimming, although ‘state swimmers’ trained in Roman pools for competition.

Artists Rendering of the Caracalla baths in Rome

Artists Rendering of the Caracalla baths in Rome, imgarcade

The Dark Ages 400 – 1800 A.D.

These were dark times for swimming pool builders, and I’m sure many were forced out of business after the fall of the Roman empire. Exercise eventually grew out of fashion, and bathing also unfortunately became a rare event.

England 1830

The modern era for pools was ushered in by Great Britain, who made great strides in water treatment and management, and due to alarming drowning rates, had 6 public pools built in London by 1837. Popularity in swimming as a sport grew as a result, and in 1869, the Amateur Swimming Association was formed to promote the skill, the sport and the exercise of swimming .

St. George Baths, London

St. George Baths, London

Olympics 1896

The modern Olympic games began in 1896 with competitive swimming as an Olympic event, which has undoubtedly has had a lasting effect on the popularity of the sport. At the 1896 games in Athens, Greece, 20,000 spectators viewed 4 swimming events, held in the open water ocean, because funds could not be raised to build a suitable pool.

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Swimming at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens

Texas 1915

Deep Eddy pool is the oldest swimming pool in Texas which began as a popular swimming hole in the Colorado River, became a resort in the 1920s, and is today a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin. Deep Eddy is not the very first swimming pool in the US, that claim belongs to others, but I’m from Texas!

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Deep Eddy Pool – image from Austin Historical Center

California 1920

William Randolph Hearst built the spectacular Neptune pool, and filled it with 350,000 gallons of water from the Santa Lucia mountains. Built to grand proportions, it’s one of the first pools to use Gunite for construction. Surrounded by Greek and Roman statues, pavilions and collonades, it features the facade of an ancient Roman temple.

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Hearst Castle image by Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, WikiCommons

Hollywood 1940

As Hearst castle became the playground to Hollywood elite, the pool was featured in many early Hollywood movies. Hollywood blockbusters soon would feature pools as the toys of the rich and famous, and later in the decade, movies by Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller glamorized the ‘cool’ pool lifestyle (and synchronized swimming).

Florida shaped pool at Cypress Gardens, from the historic postcard collection of Russell Hughes.

Esther Williams at Cypress Gardens, Florida, from the collection of Russell Hughes.

Hotels 1960

Give some credit to the American hotels and motels that began installing swimming pools  to lure guests during the 1950’s. By the time I was growing up in the 70’s, nearly all hotels had to have a pool, if they wanted to compete for family and business travelers. That hasn’t changed much, pools are still a popular resort option for hotel guests.

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Cabana Bay Resort, Orlando, Fla – a New Hotel completed in 2016

Homes Today

A tip of the hat to all 8 million pool owners in the US – you are the real reason that the swimming pool has evolved from a community bath tub, to a source of backyard entertainment and exercise. Since 1949, companies like Anthony Pools and Doughboy pools have put a pool within reach of millions. Construction methods and technology has made swimming pools affordable and nearly maintenance free, with fun pool floats and shark robots!

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Cool Pool Conveniences like Shark Robots!

OK, maybe not shark robots, but other cool pool conveniences that make pool ownership easier and more fun. Thanks for reading this history of swimming pools, you are part of it – if you own a pool, count yourself among the leisure elite!

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Davy Merino
InTheSwim Blog Editor

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Winter Pool Cover Reviews

drpool-cover-lgWelcome students of pool, take your seat and today’s lesson can begin.

Now then, winter pool covers is the subject for discussion and specifically, pool cover reviews. What does America think of InTheSwim pool covers?

I naturally think our covers are great. Having been on hand in the development of our Polar pool covers, I can vouch for their quality of construction, but how do our customers feel about our covers?

Summary of Winter Pool Cover Reviews

Being a scientist, I wanted to look at the review data, make comparisons and draw some conclusions. My hypothesis was that through analysis of hundreds of individual pool cover reviews, an overall community consensus would become apparent.

I was excited to discover which of our 5 swimming pool cover grades would be voted the most-loved pool cover! Surely it would be our best cover, the Polar Protector, or perhaps the mid-grade Polar Plus cover would emerge the winner.

After tabulation of hundreds of pool cover reviews, an average review score or rating was produced for each of our 5 cover grades.

May I have the envelope please?

economy-winter-pool-coversEconomy3.73 Average Review Score

  • 8×6 filament scrim
  • Double stitched borders
  • Navy Blue top, Black bottom

“I did not want an expensive cover because of the size of my pool. Covers are always hard for me to clean so I just throw them away each year. I was also looking for something that is light weight and this fit perfectly.” – Veer


swimming-pool-cover-reviewsPolar3.90 Average Review Score

  • 8×8 filament scrim
  • Triple dipped coating
  • Navy Blue top, Black bottom

“Covers fits very well. Material appears very durable. The aluminum eyelets in the reinforced edge are spaced around the perimeter in pairs. The cover does appear strong so I am hoping it will last a long time.” – Solosi


polar-plus-winter-pool-cover-reviews-3-6Polar Plus3.59 Average Review Score

  • 10×10 filament scrim
  • Triple dipped coating
  • Green top, Black bottom

“I purchased a pool cover for a 15’×30′ pool and am happy that the cover comes larger. Other places don’t give you that extra material, and they slip when water collects on top of the cover. Very happy with it.” – Robbielu44


intheswim-winter-pool-cover-reviewsSuper Polar Plus3.57 Average Review Score

  • Rip-Stop Intelligent Weave
  • Triple dipped coating
  • Heat Welded seams

“Just installed this cover and it looks good. The real test will be the Vermont snow and the load of leaves that come down. The longest we have had any cover last is about 6 years and most covers last less.” – Patty


polar-protector-winter-cover-reviewPolar Protector3.60 Average Review Score

  • 12×12 filament scrim
  • Triple dipped coating
  • Tan color, 5 ft overlap

“Bought this 3 weeks ago. We put the pool away today and this cover is a must. It is lighter than most covers, very strong and durable, and easy to pull across the pool. It made closing the pool a lot easier.” – Happy Camper

Fun experiment, but it turns out that my hypothesis and assumptions, were incorrect. All five pool cover types have similar customer review scores, with average star ratings of between 3.6 and 3.9 stars, out of 5.0 total.

The reason we have so many pool cover types, is to match so many wallet sizes. We like to say that we have a cover for every budget, but what we really have is 5 different grades of quality pool covers.

Let us know your review of our winter pool covers!

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