WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY of Racing Suits

Who What type When to wear Why What makes this so special Image
All the time, at all meets
Swimming Canada supports keeping
swimmers should be in a basic
Any Speedo Training suit – children out of tech suits until they
Speedo swimsuit.
an ISLAND SWIMMING CLUB suit are at a Senior National Level.
12 & Under Every Island Swimming Club swimmer wears one! They come
or a tighter than normal Lycra suit
Athletes Exceptions can be made for 12 in ISC colours and logos.
This sends the message that a
year old female athletes
$45-85 swimmer’s preparation, not the suit,
qualified for Age Group
makes the result! No magic tricks.
Nationals

These suits are only appropriate for
Aquablade Recordbreaker, Provincial level and above athletes Made of knitted fabric - as opposed to the woven fabrics of
Kneeskin or Jammer “Peak” championship meets. competing at their “peak” true tech suits. Knitted fabrics have generous four-way
These are AAA’s, Age Group championship meet. stretch capabilities and are less expensive. Because the suits
13-18 year old
Power Plus Recordbreaker, Nationals, Westerns, Nationals stretch easily, the swimmer must size down to ensure both
AAA+ Athletes
Kneeskin or Jammer or whenever directed by the These are not necessary. But we good fit and as many wearings as possible. Generally they last
coach. introduce a different racing suit here much longer than tech suits at a fraction of the cost. Black
$50- $145 as a middle step between training and green are the team colours!
and tech suits.

Only the fastest swimmers benefit
from the small margin of difference Made of woven fabrics with sewn seams. Woven fabrics are
these suits make. They are not for incredibly lightweight and do not hold water. They do not
LZR Racer Pro Recordbreaker, reaching qualifying standards but have the four-way stretch of the knitted fabrics and thus are
Jammer or Kneeskin rather used at the major meet for more difficult to put on. Research has shown that
maximum readiness. compressed muscles perform more efficiently. Since most of
15 & Over LZR Elite 2 Kneeskin or Jammer Trials, Nationals, Major Games these suits relax with wear, it is best to size down to a very
Senior National or whenever directed by the Note: ISC swimmers who meet the tight fit to allow the swimmer to wear the suit as many times
Athletes LZR X Kneeskin or Jammer coach. National standard receive one tech as possible. (Top)
suit free through our Speedo
Contract! The more expensive tech suits provide a great deal more
$280 - $550 compression than other suits. Instead of sewn seams, the
In other words, don’t wear one if seams are bonded for streamlined surface, which is critical
you aren’t fast enough to get one for when hundredths of a second count! (Bottom)
free!

Options:  Speedo Aquablade Kneeskin. Boys may wear “Jammer” style or “Brief” style. often Lycra (or similar fabric). Solid Cross Back. Suit Notes:  Athletes should wear their standard black competition suit in most racing situations. ProLT. Endurance Lite.Island Swimming Club Suit Guidelines 10&Under Athletes:  All 10&Under athletes should have one black Competition level suit in BLACK. Boys may wear “Jammer” style or “Brief” style. Ben Keast. 11-12 Year Old Athletes:  ALL 11-12 year old athletes should have one black Competition level suit in BLACK. but in races.  If you have a question as to an appropriate suit please ask your child’s coach or Director of Swimming. Please follow all proper care tips to extend the life as much as possible. Most new swimmers order suits (both practice and racing) that are 1-2-3 or 4 sizes too large. Any plain black Speedo suit (Without a “FINA Approved” label) Coach’s comment: These suits are basic. Any plain black Speedo suit (Without a “FINA Approved” label)  Male: Endurance +. Solid Super Pro .  Performance suits have a very short life. Stitch-less suits are for Senior National athletes. Any plain black Speedo suit (Without a “FINA Approved” label)  Male: Endurance +. often Lycra (or similar fabric). This suit should NOT have a white “FINA APPROVED” label on the suit. Ideally an ISLAND suit. Pool Deck Series Solid.  Female: Endurance +. Ideally an ISLAND suit. This will be their “go to” suit at all meets. suits. These suits have stitching. Core Super Pro Back. Recordbreaker or Jammer  Speedo Power Plus Kneeskin. suits.  It is important that all swimmers wear Speedo brand suits. 10&Under athletes should for no reason be racing in “Performance” level suits. These suits should be smaller and more fitting than a training suit. Any plain black Speedo suit (Without a “FINA Approved” label) Coach’s comment: These suits are basic. Endurance Lite. Options:  Speedo Aquablade or Power Plus Kneeskin (Female only) Coach’s comment: These Performance suits should only be worn at championship meets or other high level meets selected by the coaching staff. Ben Keast. . If you have a question as to an appropriate suit please ask your child’s coach or Director of Swimming. Ben Keast. 11-12 year old athletes should for no reason be racing in Higher Level Performance “Speedo Elite” suits. Core Fly back. ProLT. Solid Super Pro. Pool Deck Series Solid. Core Solid. If you have a question as to an appropriate suit please ask your child’s coach or Director of Swimming. Appropriate examples:  Female: Endurance +. 11 or 12 year olds that are Age Group National qualified may also wear a Performance level suit at selected meets. Endurance Lite. Core Solid. Recordbreaker or Jammer SOME 12 year old female athletes attending AAA’s may wear a Performance level suit at selected meets. Their use can be measured not in meets. Solid Super Pro. Speedo is one of our largest sponsors. Core Flyback. Core Super Pro Back. Most new swimmers order suits (both practice and racing) that are 1-2-3 or 4 sizes too large. Endurance Lite. Solid Super Pro . These suits should be smaller and more fitting than a training suit. Please consult your coach one which meets would be appropriate to wear your Performance level suit. Solid Cross Back. This will be their “go to” suit at most meets.

Some Examples of Appropriate Speedo Suits:  Female: Endurance +. Core Flyback. often Lycra (or similar fabric). Most new swimmers order suits (both practice and racing) that are 1-2-3 or 4 sizes too large. Endurance Lite. Pool Deck Series Solid. These suits should be smaller and more fitting than a training suit.   SOME 13&Older athletes may also wear a Performance level suit at selected meets. at coach’s discretion: AAA’s. Ideally.  It is important that all swimmers wear Speedo brand suits. EKI. but in races. this holds true for athletes too – coaches will advise when your child can begin to wear anything outside of a traditional practice suit.  Performance suits have a very short life. Summary: 13&Older athletes should have one Competition level suit. Kneeskin. ProLT. Senior Nationals. Racing suit readiness is at the sole discretion of ISC’s coaching staff. Depending on Age and Ability some appropriate options include:  Speedo Aquablade Recordbreaker. Ben Keast. These types of suits should be worn at Olympic Trials. Boys may wear “Jammer” style or “Brief” style. It’s important to note that all kids develop at their own rate. Speedo is one of our largest sponsors. Richmond Fastswim Classic. or High School Provincial Championships. suits. Jammer or Brief  Speedo LZR Racer Pro Recordbreaker  Speedo LZR Racer Elite/Elite 2  Speedo LZR Racer X Coach’s comment: These suits are high-level performance suits. this will be an ISLAND suit. Age Group Nationals. If you have a question as to an appropriate suit please ask your child’s coach or Director of Swimming.  If you have a question as to an appropriate suit please ask your child’s coach or Director of Swimming. This will be their “go to” suit at most meets. Solid Cross Back. Westerns and other Swimming Canada/Swim BC Championship-like meets that may include. Some 13&Older athletes will also be permitted to wear a Performance level suit to at Championship Type Meets. Core Super Pro Back. . Endurance Lite. Please follow all proper care tips to extend the life as much as possible. AA’s. Ben Keast Suit Notes:  Athletes should wear their standard black competition suit in most racing situations.Island Swimming Club Suit Guidelines 13 &Older Athletes:  ALL 13&Older athletes should have one black Competition level suit in BLACK. Any plain black Speedo suit (Without a “FINA Approved” label)  Male: Endurance +. This suit should NOT have a white “FINA APPROVED” label on the suit. Solid Super Pro . Core Solid. Solid Super Pro. Their use can be measured not in meets. Any plain black Speedo suit (Without a “FINA Approved” label) Coach’s comment: These suits are basic.