Don’t you just love your water sports? Whether you’re swimming, surfing, or kayaking, you need a suit that will give you the support, protection, and comfort you need to enjoy the day. Let’s look at some of the best swimsuits for water sports.
Unlike a swimsuit you wear just for lounging by the pool, when you are active in the water, you need to know that your body will be properly supported. A one-piece swimsuit has distinct advantages over its two-piece cousins when it comes to water sports. One-piece swimsuits that fit properly stay in place easily while giving you a bit more sun protection because they cover more of your skin.
Consider an underwire swimsuit for the support you need to move with confidence in the water. If you have ever had a bad experience with the word “underwire” in the past, don’t worry. It was most likely because the garment was poorly constructed or the wrong size. At Lands’ End, we have you covered. We will suit you up with both the support and comfort that you deserve.
When shopping for a new swimsuit, always start with the measurements for your current curves and review the size charts before ordering (and make sure the retailer has a great return policy as we do). Try on your suit in front of a full-length mirror, and be sure that it skims your body while giving you the support and coverage you want and need. Reach up, touch your toes! Your suit should move with you almost like a second skin. Any fabric that bunches when dry will sag when you get in the water. You deserve the perfect suit, so return it and try another one if the first one isn’t just what you want.
Sun safety is essential for water sports. You will want to use a combination of strategies to ensure the best outcome on this one. With a bit of planning, you’ll have your sun safety taken care of so you can just enjoy your fabulous day on the water.
Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and read the label carefully. It’s not a bad idea to read up on different sunscreens and how they work by looking for credible sources on the internet, too. In general, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will do the job. Also, choose your time of day for water sports as much as you can. Plan your activities for when the sun is less intense in the early morning or late afternoon, and use any natural shade that is available. Bear in mind that the water can work against you by intensifying the sunlight.
Choose sun protective swimwear for best results. UV-rated swimwear is often designed with a more modest cut that gives you the advantages of both sun protection and the ability to move however your sport requires while staying confident and covered. Swimwear that is chlorine resistant will last longer (and thus be more economical) if you spend a lot of time in the pool.
Tankinis are ideal for many water sports. You can buy the tops and bottoms separately if you like, which can give you extra options for sizing (and fashion!). When choosing a tankini for water sports, make sure the top is long enough for not just when you are standing still, but also when you are bending over and reaching up. Your suit should move with you and be so comfortable that you don’t even notice it.
Consider wearing water shoes for any water sport where you will be out in the elements or in which you will need traction in slippery places or protection from things like sharp rocks or shells. They’re a great item to throw in your beach bag for a casual day of sun and fun, too. That way, you’ll be ready if your feet need protection. You’ll want to take into account traction, drainage, and durability when choosing water shoes, as well as getting a pair that will dry quickly.
Just like so many other things in life, technology has increased our options with respect to water shoes. You can now choose from water sandals that have a more open design than sneaker-styled water shoes to water shoes that provide full coverage for the most extreme sports. Consider weight when choosing water shoes, too. For example, with kayaking, you will want a lightweight shoe that sheds water quickly and will fit securely. Think about your specific needs in a water shoe, and don’t compromise your comfort. The right pair will be comfy and give you the performance and protection that you deserve.
Suit up, get out there, and have fun!