Swim-Season Essentials - the little lioness

Swim-Season Essentials

This post contains a variety of gifted and purchased items

speers point pool

Finally talked myself into joining the council swimming pool that I can see from my backyard. Summer is SO here already and it’s time to get swimming! I did 20 laps (1km) with the kickboard both today and yesterday, and plan to keep building that up over the two short months until Christmas! I got a month-long pass ($36 for pensioners or $3 a visit) so I can go any time the pool is open! I’m really lloking forward to next month when it opens 6am-6pm weekdays so I can avoid the sun more.

In the meantime, what does a girl need to get her swim on?

Swimming and Library Cards

Pool membership? Tick! (Say NO to Council Mergers in NSW!!!)

Surania Swimmers kickboard swimming cap banana boat sunscreen

After that, my two essentials are: Something to wear, and sunscreen! I’d happily swim in shorts and a tshirt, or like when I go to the beach a quick drying dress and undies, but a good sunscreen is a must, and I’ve been loving the “Sport CoolZone 50+” from Banana Boat (received as sample). It ticks the boxes for me – Broad Spectrum, 50+ (the highest rating for Australia) and 4 hour water resistant – which for me means reapplying every hour instead of every 20 mins :/ *whitest girl alive*

The CoolZone sunscreen does actually feel quite cool on the skin, so refreshing on a hot day, and is not at all greasy so I’ll coat myself in it gladly!

ready to swim!

The next thing is swimwear, and I’ve been very comfortably splashing around in my made to measure (!!!) cossie from Surania (received for review). I know I know, why bother with made to measure? Well, as a “pear shape” (who is a little more appley than she’d like at the moment) I’ve had plenty of issues all my life where items of clothing such as dresses and one-piece swimmers, while I have to buy them to fit my butt, they end up baggy around the chest, or slipping off my shoulders. So, I leapt at the chance to try ordering a cossie online that was made to MY measurements.

I picked out the colours and fabric for my “full suit” (from AU$79.95) which has a tie back, and had the option of entering my “top” (chest and cupsize) and “bottom sizing, or entering in detail my height, waist, hip, bust and lower chest measurements, which I went with!

Surania Measurements

So, this cossie fits me wonderfully, doesn’t ride up my butt, and doesn’t fall off my shoulders. I’ll call that a win!

Surania Cossie

Next up are the swim cap and kick board. I personally hate wearing swim caps, but I got a new PINK one because I might just wear it, or might be irritated with my hair one day, or not want it as wet… like when I next colour it! I don’t want to to trailing purple behind me. I’m not a unicorn!

The kickboard is a MUST for me. Picked this sweetie up on ebay for $5. I’m re-learning to use my arms for frestyle and to put my face in the water (yeah, goggles might help, but I also dislike them! Too restrictive on my face…. do they make prescription ones? because I can’t see the clock from the pool with my glasses off). Kick kick kick. I have pretty strongs legs too, so it’s a little bit cheaty ;)

schick hydro justice smooth and groom

A good razor (gifted). I actually prefer my girl’s Schick to this one here, but B has been using it on his face and loving it. The Schick Hydro Gel (gifted) comes in handy when I’ve been slack in maintaining my bikini line (I know I know, don’t shave it, I know waxing is better, but I get slack and aren’t that great at thinking ahead)… so to be a little less fuzzy I’m happy for a quick shave. I also realise that while doing laps at the pool it REALLY doesn’t matter if I’m a little fuzzy or not, but I notice it on myself.

cetaphil

Moisturisers and conditioners are a must in summer. Once I wash off that chlorine, I need to re-hydrate my hair in some way!!

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Are you ready for swim season? Is there anything I’ve missed?

(Aside from painted toenails. A must in Summer)

20 laps! Kickboard enabled butbits been awaile!

Look how happy it makes me!!!

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6 comments for “Swim-Season Essentials

  1. Mim
    October 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Ha ha ‘doesn’t ride up my butt’ love it! OOh I’m in the market for new swimmers, brilliant! I’m so boring and normally stick with black. I’ve just got back to Aus and almost forgotten how to deal with the sunshine here so this post is perfectly timed, thanks! Mim x

  2. October 27, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Hahaha yes to the painted toenails!!! So excited it’s nearly summer!! Whoop Whoop!!

  3. October 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Great list. That swimsuit is awesome! Love the colour. I’d never even heard of made to measure swimwear. What a revelation. I need to join my local pool too. I just always have this image of being lapped by people who become increasingly annoyed at by slowness. When I actually get there I realise it’s mainly in my head, but it’s always that first session of the year! Happy almost-Summer :D

    • October 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      I’m slow as, but that’s all good. *just keep swimming*

  4. October 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Looks like you are all set to go! I am training for Swim to Rotto in a duo (20km ocean swim) and I am starting to worry that I have bitten off a bit more then I can chew! Enjoy the water

    • October 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Wow! Good luck!

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