Included in this article is our list of the best kids’ swim goggles.  Before we disclose which goggles made our ‘best kids’ swim goggle’ list, we will explain Ashley Aquatic’s ‘No Goggle Policy’ for beginner swimmers and why we believe all swim instructors and parents should adopt the policy.

We suggest all swim instructors adopt this policy and we think parents will agree after reading this article. Before dismissing the policy as ‘overly strict,’ hear us out!

You may be thinking, Why would you include a ‘best of’ list if you don’t recommend goggles for kids?

That is a great question!

Well, we are not completely anti-goggles. Obviously, certain situations require goggles. Learning to swim, however, is not one of these situations. We will differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate times for a kid to wear swim goggles.

For example, once a child passes the ‘Goggle Test’ described below, they are ready to have goggles introduced into their swim routine. Buying your child one of the goggles on our list, at the end of a swim lesson session, after their instructor has given the go-ahead, is a great way to celebrate your child’s swimming accomplishments!

Going Goo Goo for Goggles

For some reason, I never asked my parents to buy me goggles. Twenty years ago, kids couldn’t care less about whether they had cool goggles or not. It was not that we did not know they were available, we just liked to swim without them.

This is certainly not the case today!

Wow, I sound like Grandpa telling his grandkid, “Well I used to walk 3 miles, uphill (both ways!) in a snowstorm just to go to school every day. Old, shaky voice, “Back in my day, we didn’t ask for goggles! We kept our eyes open, all day, no matter how much they burned, because we wanted to see who could stay underwater the longest!” best_kids'_swim_goggles

Oh boy, now I feel old. Anyway, when I started teaching swim lessons fifteen years ago, I saw a drastic change from when I was a kid.  Many more children started wearing goggles. Parents started to encourage wearing goggles like they encouraged putting on sunscreen. Suddenly, if mum forgot little Betty’s goggles at home, Betty would refuse to go swimming.

Should Children Wear Goggles to Swim Lessons?

The Great Goggle Debatebest_kids'_swim_goggles_the_great_goggle_debate

Should kids be permitted to wear goggles at swim lessons?


Should we avoid introducing goggles until later on, after a child learns to open their eyes underwater without goggles?

The debate is real! Everyone thinks they have the answer, but most people have not spent 15 years observing the effects of introducing goggles too early in swim lessons.

I usually address the goggle issue before lessons have begun, preferably out of earshot of the child who is learning to swim. However, some clients do not retain all the information I relay to them on our short over-the-phone orientation.

Inevitably, on the first day of swim lessons, two or three parents inquire about goggles. For example, a parent will ask:

“Should I get Lil’ Johnny’s goggles out of the car for his lesson?”


“Do you have any extra goggles Lil’ Chantel can wear during her lesson?”

Sometimes, parents put goggles on their children before the lesson even starts, no questions asked.

(I understand this is an honest mistake, but PLEASE read the following before allowing your non-swimmer child to wear goggles to swim lessons. I also suggest you do not allow your child to get used to swimming with goggles when they swim with you until they meet the requirements discussed below.)

After I am asked one of the questions above, I shoot a semi-hostile (ultimately friendly:)) glance at the parent. I shake my best_kids'_swim_goggles_hostile_facehead no and quickly try to distract the child.

When I am not quick enough to react, the child protests, “Yes mommy, I want my goggles!!”

At that point I must explain to the child, loud enough for his parent to hear, I do not allow goggles in my swim lessons.  Most of the time the child pouts for a few seconds and, after great distraction with swim toys, forgets about the goggles. However, some more stubborn children scream and cry, making the lesson tougher than it needs to be.

Without fail, a parent approaches me after the lesson to explain that chlorine is very irritating for her child because he suffers from very sensitive eyes. I politely explain that chlorine is most likely not the culprit of a child’s red eyes after he has been swimming.

(Check out Can You Open Your Eyes Underwater for more information on eye irritation after swimming. You may be surprised when you learn what is actually causing eye irritation in the swimming pool.)

After acknowledging the parent’s concern about sensitive eyes, I politely explain the reasons I have a ‘No Goggle Policy.’ Interestingly, I have never had a parent push for his or her child to wear goggles after I explain the policy. Infact, parents quickly changed their tune. Below, in great detail, I will explain the policy for our readers.

‘No Goggle Policy’best_kids'_swim_goggles_no_goggle_policy

In other words, goggles are not permitted for beginner swimmers.

When a swimmer gains the skills necessary to begin lap swimming, goggles are introduced.

Exceptions to the ‘No Goggle Policy’

The Goggle Habit is Hard to Kick!best_kids'_swim_goggles_inner_child_pouting

Are you beginning to think I am the strictest swim instructor ever? Maybe your inner child is pouting, mumbling, “you’re a meanie head” under your breath. I get it! I may feel the same way if I did not understand the following:

In my parent-tot classes, one of the first skills I teach is blowing bubbles. This is great for teaching breath control, but more importantly, the child starts to get comfortable submerging part of his head.

Once a child is walking, he can attend swim lessons without a parent. One of the most important skills learned in the first session of swim lessons is submersion or putting his head underwater. Simultaneously, the child is encouraged to open his eyes underwater. Mastery of these skills provides the foundation necessary for your child to continue improving his swim skills.

A good instructor will not allow goggles in primary level swim classes. If your child forms a habit of only submerging and opening his eyes underwater if he has his goggles on, you will have set a precedent that is almost impossible to reverse as your child progresses through swim lesson levels.

Swim goggles can become a crutch for your child, like sucking on his thumb or a pacifier or carrying around a baby blanket. We all know how difficult it can be to break a child of these habits. Until you speak with a knowledgeable swim instructor, do not introduce swim goggles.

When a child is permitted to wear goggles in swim lessons or at home with their parents, they will have a hard time letting go of the habit. The time it takes for an instructor to break a child of this habit may set a child back months in their swim lesson progression.

Reasons for ‘No Goggle Policy’

I started teaching swim lessons almost 16 years ago. At that time, the goggle issue barely came up. Over the years, as I worked with more children, I noticed some dangerous patterns of behavior in children who were permitted to wear goggles when they learned how to swim.

Here are the two most prevalent behaviors I witness from ‘goggle-trained’ children:

  1. Child refuses to submerge his head without goggles onbest_kids'_swim_goggles_water_in_eyes_phobia

Risk: If a child will not submerge his head, he cannot learn a horizontal body position. All of these skills build upon each other. Without proper body positioning, the child will not be able to move on to learning to stroke technique.

2. Child refuses to open his eyes underwater without his goggles on

Risk: If the child does not open his eyes underwater, he will not master object retrieval. He will not be able to swim in a straight line or, as he advances in skill, perform proper turns when swimming laps.

GOGGLES=INCREASED RISK OF DROWNINGbest_kids'_swim_goggles_drowning

Lastly, and most importantly, allowing a child to wear goggles when learning to swim increases the risk of drowning. Yes, this may sound like a bold claim, but let me explain.

This is BY FAR the MOST IMPORTANT reason I do not allow goggles for beginner level swimming classes. If goggles are worn and a child does not learn to open their eyes underwater, they will not be able to open their eyes in an emergency situation.

Falling into a pool is extremely stressful for a beginning swimmer. Without being able to see, the stress level increases tenfold.

In beginner-level swimming classes, an instructor’s goal is to teach a child the necessary skills to swim to the steps or side of the pool. Once the child reaches the side of the pool, he can hang on the edge of the wall and yell for help.  (An instructor gets bonus points if she can teach the child to reach the side and climb out himself.) If a child accidentally falls into the pool, these skills become crucial for survival.

An instructor’s goal is to prepare a child for an aquatic emergency. To do this, we must try to create similar conditions.  During an emergency situation, a child will not be wearing swim goggles. In fact, the child will most likely be fully clothed, making it even harder to move in the water. If the child never learns to open their eyes underwater, the other skills they have learned to help move toward the side of the pool become useless. If the child does not open his eyes, he will have zero chance of saving himself.

I hear drowning reports on the news once or twice a week during the summer in Arizona. I don’t know about you, but my anger builds with each child we lose to such a senseless death. My advice is to get your kids in swim lessons and follow our advice on goggles.

We must do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in our power to stop child drownings.best_kids'_swim_goggles_stop_drowning


Phew. Glad we got that out of the way. Now, please don’t get me wrong, we are not completely anti-goggles. We just believe there is a time and a place for kids’ swim goggles. Goggles should only be introduced after a child successfully completes the ‘goggle test,’ explained below:

Goggles should only be used when a child can complete each of the following without his goggles on:

best_kids'_swim_goggles_snorkeling_gogglesGoggles are primarily for fitness swimmers, swim team or masters team members (kids or adults), Olympians, snorkelers, etc. Sometimes, when a child is spending hours in the pool, goggles are okay, but only if the child can complete the skills listed above.

Thinking back to my early swim days, I wish goggles had been more popular in the 90s. By the age of three, I was able to swim the length of the pool and having goggles would have prevented some very painful evenings spent with ‘chlorine eyes.

“My Child Won’t Act Like That!”


All children will get used to wearing goggles if they learn to swim with goggles. When the goggles are taken away, a child feels like they are being punished. Pouting and crying are the mildest of reactions. If you think your child is different, and will not give you a hard time, you are wrong.

I have seen children throw fits, screaming and punching parents and instructors when they are refused their goggles. In some extreme cases, children develop a phobia of getting their eyeballs wet. They become a Goggle Gargoyle! It is a scary sight. This can potentially set a child back for years. It is just not worth the risk.

Preventing Goggle Gargoyles

Prevention is simple. best_kids'_swim_goggles_goggles_gargoyle

When your child starts swimming lessons, DO NOT BRING GOGGLES with you. In fact, do not even say the word goggles around your child. If the child decides they do not want to do swim lessons, he may use not having goggles as an excuse not to get in the water. (Trust me, kids are brilliant, and I have heard every excuse in the book!)

DO NOT PUT GOGGLES ON YOUR CHILDREN until they complete the goggle test, explained above.

Speak to your child’s swim instructor before buying goggles.

Use the ring test and the bob test (discussed above) to determine your child’s progress.

When you and your child’s instructor are comfortable with your child’s progress, it is okay to slowly introduce the use of goggles.

We suggest only providing goggles to your child when he is swimming laps or when he will be playing in a pool for long periods of time. For example, if you are spending the weekend at a resort pool and your child will be using his new dive toys (You know, the awesome new set you ordered after reading our best of dive toy’s post :)) from sunrise to sunset, it is acceptable to provide goggles.

Before deciding which goggles to order, it is important to gain an understanding of how goggles work.

How do Swim Goggles Work?

Swim goggles work by creating a seal around the eyes to keep water out when swimming, snorkeling or deep water diving. The rubber around the lenses creates a suction against the rim of a swimmer’s eye sealing water out of the pockets between the lenses and eyeballs. If suction is not strong enough, water will enter the pockets between the eyeballs and lenses, distorting vision and forcing a swimmer to stop and dump out water repeatedly. This is so frustrating when trying to swim continuously. best_kids'_swim_goggles_snorkeling_boy

Goggles are sold in all different colors, shapes, and sizes.

Snorkeling goggles have wide lenses for an enhanced view of ocean life. Goggles better suited for endurance lap swimming, sport a smaller, sleek lens design for a clear line of sight while swimming.

Other characteristics you may consider when deciding which googles to purchase are, tint level for glare prevention and/or


UV protection.

Different brands use different materials to fasten the goggles around a swimmer’s head. (head strap) It is important to find a material that works well with your or your child’s head, avoiding hair tangles or marks from straps that are way too tight.

Budget-priced Goggles

“Mommy, I want the Elsa Goggles!”

To make sure you purchase goggles with the correct amount of seal, it is important to avoid budget-priced goggles. Goggles are not a swim product you want to skimp on. I have tried many cheaply priced goggles, both for myself and the kids in my swim lessons, and not a single pair have worked to keep water out of the eyes while swimming.

Unfortunately, many of the goggles marketed for children, with bright colors and cartoon characters affixed to them, are useless in the water.

When a child sees them in the store, they will beg and plead with you to get the Unicorn or Batman goggles. You will look at the price and cave.

When the child uses the goggles in the pool, they will do nothing to keep water away from their eyes and the goggles will best_kids'_swim_goggles_on_deckend up tossed to the deck, more of a nuisance than useful.  Eventually, these goggles will end up in storage in your garage.

The next time your child begs and pleads for the new fad swim goggles in the store, you will easily say, no way!

So, I will save you the headache. From the get-go, tell your child Miss Ashley says, “no Goggles until you can pass a swim test!”

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Kids’ Swim Goggles

Well-Made, Quality Product

Well-made, quality goggles will last for many summers to come! Despite hours baking in the sun and soaking in chlorine water, quality goggles will not warp in size and sun tints will not chip or fade from the lenses. The mechanism attaching the strap to the lenses must be designed for security, preventing the strap from disconnecting from the lenses while attempting to adjust the size. If the company manufacturing a pair of goggles has a bad reputation, its product will not make our list.

Head Strap

In order to make our ‘best of’ list, the goggle’s head strap must be made out of quality material. The material must be resistant to wear and tear from constant sun and chlorine exposure.

Durability is just as important as comfort. Qualifying goggles have a head strap that will not dig into the head nor pull hair when removing the goggles.

Head straps, on children’s goggles, must be easily adjustable for the constant growth spurts children are prone to! For adult goggles, head strap width should be thin and comfortable against the skin. Head strap should sit flat against the back of the head, promoting streamline while swimming laps or competing.

Adjustable Nose Bridge

No two swimmers have the same size nose. Therefore, it is very important to purchase goggles with an adjustable nose bridge. It is impossible to judge whether a nose bridge is sized correctly for your face until you try the goggles on. Therefore, we only recommend goggles with adjustable nose bridges for fitting ease. The nose bridge must also be comfortable. There is nothing worse than swimming in a pair of goggles that dig into your nose, leaving little pits in your skin long after you have taken them off.

Water Seal

Suction around the eyes is incredibly important. If a pair of goggles has poor suction, they will not seal correctly causing water to leak into your eyes.

Without a good seal, a swimmer is forced to constantly turn lenses inside out to dump out water puddles. Anyone who has had a cheap pair of goggles knows how frustrating this is! My Recreational Swim Team kids call this move the ‘goggle dump d’ dump’ because after each length swam, a swimmer stops to dump out the water, swims another length, stops to dump and so on.

Goggles with good suction will keep water away from the eyes for hours.

Sealant Tip: After placing goggles in a comfortable position over your eye sockets, press lenses to your eyes until you hear a sound that mimics flatulence. (excuse my French, but it is true!) The louder the flatulence the better the suction! The better the suction, the better the seal!


As discussed above, goggles marketed for children are usually very poorly made. It is important to avoid budget goggles if you are looking for a quality product. We have listed the best kids’ swim goggles on the market while keeping your wallet in mind! Each pair of goggles on our list are worth the listed price, if not more. Occasionally, goggles go on sale and we will periodically update our list when we become aware of a sale.

Lense Features

UV Protection

Goggles, like sunglasses, offer UV protection. Goggles with UV protection are tinted. It is important to find goggles that protect from at least 99% of UVA and 99% of UVB sun rays. This will be noted on the packaging.


Polarized goggles, which are also tinted, reduce glare from the sun, but provide no UV protection.


Anti-fog lenses prevent condensation from blurring your eyesight underwater. Without anti-fog technology, a swimmer is constantly stopping to wipe the fog off the inside of the goggle lenses.

Polycarbonate Lenses

Goggles with polycarbonate lenses are lightweight, impact-resistant, and scratch-resistant. Polycarbonate material has many aerospace applications. In fact, NASA uses the material in the construction of its astronauts’ helmet visors. Goggles with polycarbonate lenses are sure to look like new for years of swimming in the sun!

Prescription Kids’ Swim Goggles

Don’t worry! If your child wears glasses or contacts, there are options out there.  One of our the goggles on our list, the Speedo Junior Vanquisher Optical Swim Goggle is a great choice.

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The Scale of Fish

Dependent on performance during at-home testing, each pair of goggles is assigned a specific ranking for each of the six categories listed above.

Rankings are assigned using a scale of 1-5 fish, as outlined in the following table:

FIVE FISH in ALL Categories

For a pair of goggles to make the list, it must receive a ranking of 3 or more fishes in all categories. Without further ado, here is our detailed list of the best kids’ swim goggles on the market. We hope you find your child the perfect pair of swimming goggles to be used for many years to come!

Best of Kids’ Swim Goggles

Resurge Sports Anti Fog Racing Swimming Goggles with Quick Adjust Bungee Strap Review

The Golden Fish Award: Five Fish received in ALL Categories! 

Note: These goggles are recommended for children ages 10 and up. If you are looking for goggles for younger children, check out our recommendations below.

Bonus: These goggles come with a protective case for easy transportation in your pool bag to the pool! Also, Resurge offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are not satisfied for any reason, you get your money back! You really have nothing to lose with these goggles. 🙂

Where to Buy:

Pink Mirrored:

Blue Mirrored:


VETOKY Swim Goggles Review

(Amazon Title: VETOKY Swim Goggles Anti Fog Swimming Goggles UV Protection Mirrored & Clear No Leaking Triathlon Equipment for Adult and Children)

Vetoky's_Kids'_Swim_Goggles_ReviewThis product received a perfect score in all categories except the head strap category. As stated above, bungee head straps are the most comfortable for goggles. These goggles use silicone which is effective, but more likely to tangle in long hair and harder to put on and take off a child’s head.

BONUS: 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy with your goggles or they break, contact the company and they will offer a replacement or a full refund.

Where to Buy:

Speedo Jr. Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Swim Goggle Review


Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Kids’ Swim Goggles only received 4 fish in the head strap and affordability categories.

The head strap is a silicone material, so unlike bungee materials, it frequently gets tangled in longer hair when removing the goggles.

These goggles lost points in the affordability category because they are higher priced than most other goggles on the list.  However, since Speedo is such a well-known, quality brand they have earned the right to charge a bit more for their goggles.

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Another great feature of these goggles is the variety of color options available! Click on each of the following colors to be taken straight to their respective Amazon page.

Rainbow Brights


Vivid Teal:

Skywoo Swim Goggles Review

(Amazon Title: Skywoo Swimming Goggles Watertight Anti Fog UV Protection Triathlon Swim Goggles with Adjustable Strap Protection Case for Adult Men Women Youth Kids Child)

SkyWoo_Kids'_Swim_Goggles_ReviewSkywoo Goggles only received 4 fish in the affordability category because they are one of the pricier goggles on our list. However, they are very well-made, each feature meticulously crafted for a wonderful swim experience. We believe these goggles are worth the extra few bucks.

Bonus: Customer-friendly 1-year warranty is advertised. Although I have not had to deal with this company’s customer service department personally, they advertise swift response to any customer inquiries.

Where to Buy:

Speedo Skoogles Kids Swim Goggles Review

Speedo's_Skoogles_Kids'_Swim_Goggle_ReviewSpeedo Skoogles received 5 fish in all categories except the head strap category. Only four fish were awarded in the head strap category because silicone tends to tangle in hair.  However, if purchased with a head strap cover(see below), these goggles are wonderful.

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Our favorite feature of these goggles is the variety of color options available. These are our favorite colors:

COPOZZ Kids’ Swim Goggles Review

COPOZZ_Kids'_Swim_Goggles_ReviewThese kids’ swim goggles only received 4 fish in the head strap category because the strap gets tangled in long hair easily.  However, 5 fish were awarded in ALL other categories!

  • Recommended ages are 4-12 years old, but this brand makes goggles for children older than 12 years as well.
  • COPOZZ Kids’ Swim Goggles are lightweight and great for swimmers of all skill levels.
  • Goggles are made with a hypoallergenic silicone.
  • The lenses are shatterproof (polycarbonate) with a 180-degree view. The no-leak seal does not leave marks around the eye and the head strap is easily adjustable.
  • Available in a variety of different styles, with mirrored, clear, and UV protection lense options.
  • There are also plenty of color options so you can purchase your child’s favorite colors to get them excited about swimming!

Bonus- Goggles include a protective carrying case and COPOZZ offers a thirty-day money-back guarantee. This company wants 100% customer satisfaction so feel free to contact them with any complaints you may have so they can get your money back to you. However, we think you will be happy with this purchase because we love these goggles.

Where to Buy:


Giggly Goggles New 2019 Swim Goggles Review


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Goggle Strap comfort cover: Cressi Swim Goggles Neoprene Strap Cover


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We hope you have found the perfect pair of kids’ swim goggles after consulting our ‘best of’ list.

Remember, goggles are only appropriate for children in certain circumstances. Be sure to communicate with your child’s swim instructor before introducing goggles into your child’s swim routine.

If you have any further questions, let us know in the comments below. Also, if you have any other favorite brands of kids’ swim goggles, please share below so we can consider them for addition to our Best of Kids’ Swim Goggles list.

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28 Responses

  1. The other day we bought some googles which easily snapped and broke. 🙁 However, we hadn’t read this informative article. This really details a lot of insights regarding swimming equipment. Not just the kind , but also what is appropriate per age. I really needed this! Thank you and best regards~

    1. Thanks, Linda! I am so sorry you had a bad experience with the goggles you bought,  That is exactly why I felt the need to write this article.  Most goggles on the market really are junk.  I hope you have been able to find a pair you like on our list! Thank you for reading. 

  2. Very unique and well put together. I think you are well on your way. I enjoyed what you had to say and look forward to more from you.

  3. This is a subject I knew very little about,I didn’t know there were so many kinds and the no goggle policy, all new to me. I was a lifeguard in Pennsylvania in the ’70s and it just was not any source of concern. Very interesting article very in-depth research shows you know what your writing. I have four grown sons who all started swim lessons when they were 3 months old, Aqua babies & Aqua-Tots. They are all great swimmers. Thank you for a great article.

    1. Aqua Tots and Aqua Babies have some great franchise location, doing some wonderful lessons. I am glad to hear your boys attended one of their effective locations! I too was a lifeguard, starting in 2004. For pool rules, we allowed goggles anywhere except the diving boards and water slides because they cause a hazard if the headband gets stuck on a part inside the slide or on the board.
      Children were allowed goggles in the free swim area, but, if a child was a nonswimmer, parents were required to be in arm’s length. After I started teaching lessons, I started explaining to parents the importance of opening eyes underwater as a beginner. Most parents are understanding thankfully!
      Hopefully, enough parents read this article and, at the very least, get their children in swim lessons!

  4. Great article. I have to admit, I never really thought about goggles as a detriment, but your explanation of how they can increase kids’ risk of drowning makes total sense. So, thank you – I’ll definitely share that with friends.

    My kids are past that stage now, fortunately, so I was really glad to read the goggle reviews. They all sound like good options, but I guess I’m leaning toward either the Resurge or Vetoky. I wasn’t familiar with either brand before, by the way, so it’s nice to hear about them from someone with knowledge so I don’t have to worry about straying from the limited brand choices at the stores in my area. Thanks again.

    1. Thank you for reading Jordan! I am happy to hear your kids are passed the beginner stage of swim lessons. It is a relief anytime I hear that because too many children are not offered the proper training. I get sick to my stomach whenever I hear of another child drowning. It happens in Arizona almost weekly and it is so preventable so it drives me nuts. So thank you for being a responsible parent!
      You will not be disappointed with either of the goggle brands you mentioned. It is funny how most people think Finnis or Speedo when they think goggles. While both of those are great brands, there are a few others (as stated above) that impress as well!
      Have a great evening!

  5. Nice post! I really think that goggles are very important. And personally, I can’t swim without my goggles, because, I like to see underwater, especially when I swim in a lake. And it is a safety measure against all the products we have in the swimming pool. With goggles, those products can’t affect our eyes. It is even more important for our kids to have goggles and stay safe.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Since you are an experienced swimmer, goggles are absolutely acceptable!  However, for beginners, we must not let them become dependant on goggles.  It can be detrimental to the learning process and may put them in danger should they fall in the water without a parent around.  Check out Can You Open Your Eyes Underwater.  You may be surprised to see why your eyes get irritated in a swimming pool!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Very interesting to read your observations about wearing goggles too early when learning to swim. I hadn’t really thought about it much before but what you say makes perfect sense. Part of why we teach our kids to swim is so that in an emergency they have the ability to get out of trouble and if they’re not used to the feeling of water on their eyes and seeing underwater they’re going to be at a disadvantage. Also I had no idea about all the different features of goggles and what to look for when buying, so this is a really helpful article. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks! It is not a subject one daydreams about, much less considers until a swim instructor tells you no goggles are permitted in their class. I am hoping parents will read this article first to avoid those first day tantrums with your child before entering the swimming pool! Thank you for understanding and reading!

  7. Hi,

    Great article about the best kids swims goggles. You explain everything about the policy, why they should, the importance of, the problem to wear goggles very well In this article. My daughter goes for swimming lessons. She was asking a few days ago for swimming goggles. But the problem is she has an eye problem, all the time she needs to wear glasses, so I was thinking what shall I do in this situation. But after reading this article the first time I came to know whoever wear glasses they have special goggle. Thanks a lot for this great informative article. I am going to place the order now 

    1. So glad we could help! If you need a suggestion for a company that makes goggle lenses for specific prescriptions, let me know.  The prescription goggles I list above are great for those with basic eyesight issues, for example, nearsighted or farsighted. People who have different prescriptions for each eye may need to order goggles from a company that can account for these details. Let me know if you need the website I recommend! Thanks for reading!

  8. I got rather into an argument with the swim instructor I took my kid to today when he insisted on a no-goggke policy for kids. I thought I was right until I read this post right now. I never knew the exposure to hazards of beginner training with goggles is this much. Wow! Good to know about it now and I feel somehow stupid for arguing over what I knew nothing about before. Thanks for the information.

    1. Don’t ever feel stupid for doing what you think is right for your children! Honestly, the instructor should have been able to articulate the reason for the policy. If he couldn’t answer your questions as to why your child could not wear his or her goggles, he probably was not the most experienced of instructors. He should have been able to put your mind at ease. 

      I am sorry you had to deal with that type of stress.  Swim lessons are just as stressful for parents as they are for children, so at Ashley Aquatics, we really try to make sure both parent and child stay calm and get their questions answered.  Parent’s apprehensions are mirrored by their children, even if the parent doesn’t think they are making their own fears obvious. 

      Thank you for reading and so glad we could explain! Have a wonderful day and keep your kids in lessons!

  9. I absolutely agree with you on the “no goggle policy”. We have a really high prevalence of children drowning in pools in Australia, so anything to help prevent it is a no-brainer. 

    Thank you for explaining why and what to test first before handing the kid goggles. I’ll definitely remember this for swim lessons to come. 

    I like the Speedo brand; I know their products and am happy with them so far, so I might try their goggles first.

    1. Speedo brand is certainly the most well-known and they do not disappoint.  Two of the goggles recommended on our list are from the Speedo brand, and they earned their spot on our list!  The ones we picked are the newest Speedo models and they tested wonderfully! Enjoy!

  10. This is great information for all of us with children who would like to learn swimming lessons.  On “Best Kids Swim Goggles & The No Goggles Policy ” sounds confusing. However, it is a statement of Prioritize your priorities, Step by step method. The experienced swimming instructors including with a pseudonym, Asheley Aquatica I presume do not allow the beginners to carry goggles. The student swimmer must earn first the skill of opening their eyes underwater even without the goggles because it saves lives, open eyes while swimming and learning body position without goggles. Until such time they learn the skills required by completing the tasks successfully, they won’t be allowed to wear goggles. The task like learning the 4 different strokes without goggles.  Only after this, they could be wearing goggles. At this stage, goggles are now being encouraged to wear and have actually listed the good ones. My favorite one is goggles with a 99% UVA  and UVA. The blog even enumerated the parts of proper goggles, they head strap, adjustable nose, water seal and lenses as mentioned above adding the Polarized lenses have no UV and the chosen ones could b Polycarbonate lenses. The recommended product one of them is Speedo Junior Vanquisher Optical SwimGoggle both side clear worth around 22dollars and a rating at Amazon 4 over 5 stars. Good information for children who wants to start swimming in the right way. 

    1. Great synopsis of our policy! Thank you for reading our article.  We really appreciate your comment and hope you have a great evening.  

  11. I had no idea goggles were even an issue in swimming lessons. Of course, I never had formal lessons. When people are in a pool or at the beach, they usually aren’t wearing goggles.
    About chlorine, though; aren’t there alternatives to chlorine? I don’t remember what they are – maybe they’re more expensive?? I’ve never used goggles, and neither have my kids, but I can see the appeal.
    Thanks for covering this topic. 🙂

  12. I would always say that using goggles with a strong water seal is the most front and center issue for me, knowing all too well how poorly the seals work if goggles are cheap. I’ve used both more expensive goggles with a fantastic seal in the past as well as cheap ones with the poor seal. Nothing is worse than swimming underwater while water seeps through the seal and into the eyes.

    I also found it interesting to not allow goggles until a swimming test is passed, but this makes perfect sense and I think it’s something a lot of parents tend to overlook. It’s something I haven’t heard of until today, but I’m glad I did, since I know a lot of parents with young kids and with kids comes a pool or for some, swimming lessons, so this was an excellent issue to bring up.

    1. Thanks, Todd! I completely agree with you about the seal of the goggles. You don’t want to be doing the dump d’ dump every time you swim the length of the pool! All of the goggles on the list above have a great seal around the eyes and most make goggles for adults as well.

  13. Thanks for this! My seven-year-old is an avid swimmer, but I’ve never given much thought to his use of goggles before. Thank you for this wonderful, comprehensive post and the excellent product information.

  14. Hi Ashley!

    Great article. I love the explanation of the various googles and other reasons for wearing or not wearing goggles. I think that goggles can help especially if the if there is too much chlorine in the pool. Also, I think that every swimming coach should know to give proper advice about when to start wearing goggles.

    However, it is a great resource for young and older swimmers, parents and all others interested in buying swimming goggles. I will bookmark your post and share it if someone asks me about it.

    Wishing you much success,
    Best regards,


    1. I appreciate you passing along the information! If you are interested in why eyes get irritated underwater, check out Can You Open Your Eyes Underwater. You may be surprised why eye irritation actually happens after swimming. It is usually not due to excess chlorine. I hope you have a great day!

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