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Goggles review: Zoggs Peppa Pig Adjustable Goggles

This post is part of our Goggles Challenge where we tested a range of swimming goggles in order to find the best pair.
Tester: Bronwen, aged 5
Best feature: Peppa Pig!
Worst feature: Visibility very poor
Result: 3/10
Price: £8.00

Peppa Pig, what could be better than that! Available in blue and pink and suited to children aged 1-6. These goggles were a delight for Bronwen because of Peppa but they were ever-so misty! From the moment we got into the pool, these goggles started to fog up. They are difficult to adjust on the head and there is no quick-release mechanism on the strap which is most useful for younger children. For comfort though, Bronwen was happy to wear them throughout the lesson and they didn’t leak.

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Other children’s swimming goggle reviews:

Cressi Cobra Kid Goggles Read review
Speedo Junior Vanquisher 2 Read review
Zoggs Predator Junior Read review
Zoggs Tri Vision Junior Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Vista Junior Goggles Read review

Goggles review: Zoggs Tri Vision Junior Goggles

This post is part of our Goggles Challenge where we tested a range of swimming goggles in order to find the best pair.
Tester: Thomas, aged 8
Best feature: Adjustable strap
Worst feature: Uncomfortable
Result: 4/10
Price: £14.00

Thomas’s goggles have a wide rim for better vision and a broad seal around the edge so it seems more like a scuba mask! The broad seal is to prevent leakage and provide a more comfortable fit. Recommended for ages 6+ they have UV protection for swimming outdoors on holiday. We didn’t see any misting but they were too uncomfortable to wear for the whole lesson. So much so, we reverted to Thomas’s old pair of goggles instead!

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Other children’s swimming goggle reviews:

Cressi Cobra Kid Goggles Read review
Speedo Junior Vanquisher 2 Read review
Zoggs Predator Junior Read review
Zoggs Peppa Pig Adjustable Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Vista Junior Goggles Read review

Goggles review: Zoggs Predator Junior

This post is part of our Goggles Challenge where we tested a range of swimming goggles in order to find the best pair.
Tester: Faith, aged 7
Best feature: Comfortable to wear
Worst feature: Adjusting the strap
Result: 8/10
Price: £13.00
#goggleschallenge WINNER!! Best goggles for ages 6+

These are officially recognised goggles from the International Federation of Swimming and come in such great colours. We found the vision was good as they had a reasonably sized frame and no leakage! During the lessons, we didn’t discover any condensation on the lenses and Faith wore them throughout. A comfortable pair with very little fiddling of straps required!

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Other children’s swimming goggle reviews:

Cressi Cobra Kid Goggles Read review
Speedo Junior Vanquisher 2 Read review
Zoggs Tri Vision Junior Goggles Read review
Zoggs Peppa Pig Adjustable Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Vista Junior Goggles Read review

Goggles review: Speedo Junior Vanquisher 2

This post is part of our Goggles Challenge where we tested a range of swimming goggles in order to find the best pair.
Tester: Daniel, aged 7
Best feature: Mirrored lenses and comfort
Worst feature: Fiddly strap
Result: 6/10
Price: £11.00

For the speedy racer! These goggles are designed to make a statement and our pair came with mirrored lenses! Good for reducing glare on holiday and suitable for children 6+. Once Daniel and mum got them adjusted to the right size, Daniel found them very comfortable. There was a significant amount of fiddling to get it right and they even came with additional nose adjustment pieces. As they are mirrored, it would have been nice to have a case to protect these goggles but on the whole a good comfortable pair.

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Other children’s swimming goggle reviews:

Cressi Cobra Kid Goggles Read review
Zoggs Predator Junior Read review
Zoggs Tri Vision Junior Goggles Read review
Zoggs Peppa Pig Adjustable Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Vista Junior Goggles Read review

Goggles review: Cressi Cobra Kid Goggles

This post is part of our Goggles Challenge where we tested a range of swimming goggles in order to find the best pair.
Tester: Joy, aged 4
Best feature: Wide frame
Worst feature: Visibility
Result: 6/10
Price: £15.90

With a wide frame and a multitude of colours available, these goggles faired well during our challenge. Joy had a lot of fun going under water and the clarity of the goggles was really good. We didn’t notice them steaming up once and Mum said, “her brother now wants a pair so they must be great”.

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Other children’s swimming goggle reviews:

Speedo Junior Vanquisher 2 Read review
Zoggs Predator Junior Read review
Zoggs Tri Vision Junior Goggles Read review
Zoggs Peppa Pig Adjustable Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Goggles Read review
Aqua Sphere Vista Junior Goggles Read review

#goggleschallenge: Meet the contenders for Top Goggles!

As part of our partnership with Bath Mums, we are holding the ultimate #goggleschallenge to road-test children’s swimming goggles. Over the next four weeks, the following eight pairs of goggles will be worn by our swimming students to determine the pros and cons of each so that we can crown the WINNER!

Cressi Cobra Kid Googles

These goggles come in a range of colours; we chose the blue ones for our challenge. They have an ultra-clear screen for fuller vision. With an easy-adjust strap, there’s very little fuss to tighten these goggles!

They are suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years and have shatterproof lenses with anti-scratch, anti-fog and anti-UV treatment so great for swimming outdoors during the holidays.

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Speedo Junior Vanquisher 2

These goggles are aimed at competition and racing swimming, so let’s see how well they fair in our swimming lessons. They have a hypo-allergenic silicone seal, are anti-fog and suited towards children aged 6 – 14 years. The mirror lenses are particularly exciting and have UV protection. They are available in a range of colours.

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Zoggs Predator Junior

One of the top selling points of these goggles is that they are FINA (International Federation of Swimming) approved. The curved lenses give a 180 degree peripheral vision and come with UV protection and anti-fog. The colours are adventurous – we’ve gone for the blue and pink ones. Yes, that’s right – pink and blue on the same pair.

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Speedo Sea Squad Masks

These are our second pair of Speedo goggles to make the challenge. Rather than the more traditionally shaped goggles, these are more like a scuba diving mask, with a large window-style lens. The 180 degree vision is perfect for nervous children who are tentative about putting their faces in the water. These are infant goggles suitable for ages 2 – 6 years. They are sit softly on the face and have a wide, foam strap for added comfort.

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Zoggs Tri Vision Junior Goggles

Another pair of Zoggs goggles – this time with larger lenses in a mask style. They are suitable for children aged 6 – 14 and have a soft seal to prevent leaks and a wide range of vision due to the large lenses. The lenses have both UVA and UVB protection and anti-fog for clear swimming. The lenses are colour tinted to help reduce light glare. Our pair comes with a clear strap with a quick lock and release system and funky green and blue lenses.

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Zoggs Peppa Pig Adjustable Goggles

Who doesn’t like Peppa Pig? These goggles are aimed at children aged between 1 – 6 years. With anti-fog lenses for clear vision in the pool, Pepper also comes with 100% Sun Protection from UVA and UVB rays. They have a soft seal around the eyes to make sure no water comes in and gives a light touch to make the goggles comfortable.

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Aqua Sphere Seal Kid 2 Goggles

These are an updated version of the original Seal Kid goggles and come in a range of bright colours. The design has been reimagined to include a more effective seal, widened lenses for full vision and increased durability. The strap is easily adjustable, just press and release. They are suitable for children between 3 and 8 years old and latex free.

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Aqua Sphere Vista Junior Goggles

Another pair of goggles from Aqua Sphere and you can get these ones with added glitter! They are designed for children aged 6 – 14. The streamlined design helps to prevent drag, making this design great for water sports. These are latex-free, anti-fog and with 180 degree vision they make for a clear swim.

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Do your children own any of the above goggles? What do they think of them? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter

Are you ready for the #goggleschallenge?

In a partnership with Bath Mums, Swimcentral are running a “Goggles Challenge” this month, where the children in our swim school will put goggles to the ultimate test.

The Goggles

On Saturday, six of the children in our swimming lesson were given pairs of Aquasphere, Zoggs and Speedo goggles which have been designed for children between 4 and 8 years old.

They were given out at random to keep until the challenge is over (unless of course they are awful!!)

The Challenges

So what are the challenges taking place over the next four weeks?

The Big Chase
How misty do your goggles get after exercise?

Comfy Goggles
Can you wear the goggles for the whole lesson?

Underwater adventures
Jumping and diving to collect treasure from the bottom of the pool (the leaking test).

The ‘Epic’ factor!
A score for overall greatness

How does it work?

The children will be asked to score their goggles and then there will be a final vote to decide the winner!

Parents have a chance to join in as well and have their say on what they think of the goggles.

Everyone will have their photo taken whilst wearing the goggles and they will be posted online on Bath Mums website and here on our own blog.

A big thank you to everyone who has signed up to this challenge!

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest Goggles Challenge news.

15 steps to facing the water

15 steps to water confidence

Bath time games to build water confidence

Bath time games to build water confidence

Many children become anxious about being splashed or putting their face in water. Much of this anxiety has to do with confidence and you can build this up yourselves at home.

If your child is nervous of water, don’t worry – they’re not the first and it’s a very natural reaction. Developing water confidence can be fun and it’s something you should enjoy together.

Commit to playing in water regularly and practice with lots of games and, in time, your child will associate water with a positive sense of fun.


Focus on your smile

First things first, put your own anxieties to one side and focus on your smile! Children follow your example and as you know, your child will look to you to see what to do next.

Laugh or cry, your reaction will affect their response – so lots of smiles and congratulations! If children are unexpectedly splashed, it will take just milliseconds to choose whether they are going to cry or not.  A quick move on your part, and a change of direction: a toy or activity and lots of positive reinforcement, will redirect their focus.


Don’t rush

Children need to feel safe and discover the water for themselves. Their apprehension is healthy so don’t force an activity if you sense any fear or tension. Instead, develop their interest by having fun yourself! Your child will (eventually!) follow your lead.

With each little success they will realise they are capable of achieving much more. Praise, giggle or make a fool of yourself to get them laughing!


Bath time games to build water confidence:

If you’re just starting out, or let’s say you want to reinforce the activities learnt during your swimming lesson, bath time is a great place to start building confidence.
Your child is in a familiar place where they feel safe, plus the water is nice and warm.

1. Blowing bubbles: image

a. With soap: rub a bar of soap into your hands, create a triangle
with your thumbs and index fingers and blow – how big a bubble can you make?

b. Making bubbles in the bath water – blowing out into the water and making lots of silly noises!

2.Pouring water over the head – a series of games: 

a. Pouring water over your hand – catching the water, then opening fingers and letting it go (where did it go?)

b. Pour water over their elbow

c. …then shoulder,

d. …then I’m afraid the next step is for your child to pour water over your head first as this is loads more fun for them

e. Progress from pouring water over parent’s head to child’s – better for them to pour water over their own head if they’re willing, rather than the parent doing the pouring. Continue reading “Bath time games to build water confidence”