Equipment

Competitive swimming does not require a major financial outlay, and we don't require any specific equipment, but if your swimmer has the basics, s/he will be more comfortable (as well as swim faster). Please check with Cara Hancy if you have questions about what your child may need.

Swimsuit 

  • Team swimsuit is optional.
  • For 2017, the suit is the Dolfin Solara. K&B Sportswear has set up a team web page for us, where individuals can order suits.

You can go directly to the team page here to order the suit: https://www.kbswimandsports.com/waterbury-rapids/?pw=Rapids

Alternatively, you can register for access to the team page:

    1. Go to www.kbswimandsports.com/account/teamLogin.php
    2. Fill in your email address and password, if you already have an account. If you have not yet registered, click on "I am a New Customer."
    3. Fill in the necessary fields. Please specify Waterbury as your Team Name.
    4. If the team name is accepted, you will have immediate access to your team page and can begin ordering.
  • Note: Your Team Name must be spelled correctly in order to receive immediate access to your Team Page. If your Team Name is misspelled, this will delay access to your Team Page and you will receive an email when your account is active.

    If you have any questions, please contact shawn@kbswimandsports.com or call 888-892-0520 and ask to speak to Shawn Hopper.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: The deadline to order team suits and get free shipping is July 2 at midnight. Suits will be shipped in bulk to the team and get distributed. After June 23, you will pay shipping and suits will be shipped directly to you.
 

  • A previous team suit, or really ANY suit at all, is also fine to wear! (We generally have kept to a "blue" theme.)
  • For boys, we do not recommend competing in baggy boardshorts or similar "regular" swim trunks. They are fine for practice, but provide too much drag to enable fast swimming in a meet. Boys can either choose briefs (sometimes called "Speedos") or, more usually, jammers, which are snug-fitting knee-length suits.
  • Most experienced swimmers use their team suit only for meets, and have one or more practice suits. These are often old, saggy, washed-out swimsuits from past years, sometimes several layered together for drag (and decency!).

Goggles

  • We strongly recommend a good pair of swim goggles. The chlorine really goes for your eyes. It's much more comfortable and allows for better technique to put your head in the water when you have a good, well-fitting pair of goggles.
  • There are many types on the market; they typically cost $10-15. Ask a coach or experienced swimmer or swim parent about how to chooose and fit goggles.

Swim cap

  • Swim caps are recommended, particularly for swimmers with longer hair.
  • We usually have a supply of our blue Waterbury Rapids silicone caps for sale.
  • Spare swim caps are also recommended to have on hand for practice and at meets (they always break at the most inconvenient moments).

Other items...

  • Nice, large towel
  • Fleece or swim parka -- a lot of swimmers get cold fast once they're out of the water.
  • Sunscreen, please!
  • Water bottle for practices and meets. It's important to keep hydrated.
  • Snacks or money at meets to buy snacks at the concession stand.