Coach Pete

Expert advice for Swimmers, Triathletes, and Coaches

Oops my goggles are full of water!

Some time ago I wrote an article to my age groupers about what to do when your goggles fall off or get loaded with water. If you never got to see the article here it is again:

Oh My Gosh!…My Goggles Fell Off.

Posted by pspag on February 25, 2008


Ok, so what do you do?..You suck it up, put your head back in the water and race!. Goggles falling off is a common occurrence that young swimmers encounter.

There are a few things that can prevent this from happening. When you place your goggles on your head make sure that the elastic strap sits on the crown of your head and not beneath it. Pull up on the straps near your ears as tight as your can. Have the goggles fit into your eye sockets tightly, with a little pressure by pushing them in. All of this should be done before getting up on the block, not when your on the block.

If your goggles come off or get loaded with water, don’t panic…..

Another thing that you might want to do  at practice is to take off your goggles for one set and get the feel of water in your eyes at race pace.

Always take an extra pair of goggles to the meet, just in case something happens to them…..


Last night Michael Phelps swimming the 200 Butterfly event swam the entire event with water in his goggles. In an interview after the race Michael told the press that on his dive his goggles filled with water. It may not have been as drastic as the photos above, however it did happen to the best swimmer in the world! How did he handle it? He did as I stated above ….”Put your head in the water and race!”, Well that’s what Michael did he raced so well that he went on to win gold and set a new world record. So don’t panic when it happens to you.


August 13, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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