The fog you are seeing in your swim goggles is actually condensation. The condensation forms in your swim googles when your body heat climbs due to increased activity. Perspiration around your eyes raises the humidity inside the goggles, and then the colder water outside your goggles causes water droplets to form on your lenses.
Is there a way to keep swim goggles from fogging-up?
Yes, if you purchase high-quality swim goggles that are pre-treated with anti-fog coating your goggles should not fog-up. Read the product description to be sure the lenses are pre-treated.
Do you have any other advice for keeping my lenses fog free?
Don’t Touch Goggle Lenses: Keep fingers away from the inside of your goggle lenses or you’ll erode and smudge the anti-fog coating, causing it to lose effectiveness prematurely.
Sloshing: Keep a little bit of water in each lens, allowing it to slosh across your goggle lenses as you swim. This is annoying, but will suffice in a pinch.
How does goggle Anti-Fog work?
Swim goggle anti-fog is a surfactant that lowers water droplet surface tension, causing it to spread easily in a process known as “wetting”. Wetting prevents water from scattering into droplets, so – no fog.
I’ve heard if you spit in your goggles that will keep them fog free, is that true?
Spitting in your lenses, followed by a quick shake, will temporarily abate fogging. However, repeatedly stopping your swim to fill your goggles with spit gets old – and attracts odd glances.
After I published this I did some additional research. What I wrote above pretty much sums up what all the professional bloggers say about preventing swim goggle fogging. I wondered if actual swimmers agreed, so I checked out a couple user forums. According to actual swimmers, these products do work for some, but there are inexpensive alternatives.
What Swimmers Say:
Buy the cheapest goggles that fit your face and replace often
Use a new or nearly new pair
Spit in goggles to keep them clear
Use baby shampoo. One drop in each lense, rinse with pool water, swim
Swim with a bit of water inside goggles
If you buy goggles with anti-fog coating:
Keep from touching the inside of the goggles for as long as possible – when you touch the inside you remove the coating
Don’t get the inside of your goggles wet with chlorinated water. It eats away the anti-fog coating
Re-coat lenses with anti-fog spray or drops, be sure to rinse them well as these solutions sting the eyes
So it appears to me the blog writers are attempting to drive traffic to on-line retailers that sell anti-fog products.
Buy goggles that fit comfortably
Do not wet new goggles before use – put them on dry and swim
Always rinse goggles well with fresh water after swimming
Allow goggles to air dry before storing
If goggles come in a carrying case, great – use it. If not, I suggest storing your goggles in an old sock to keep other items in your bag from scratching them and to allow some air flow
Once you start having fogging issues try the spit, or baby shampoo suggestions or do what I do . . . I leave a little water in my gogles and let it slosh while I swim or I just put up with the fog. I wash my goggles with baby shampoo when I think they are dirty. I replace my goggles when they get enough scratches that I can’t see well.
Work wear on drying rack
How to Wash your Goggles with Baby Shampoo
Before you swim:
Wet your goggles on the inside with tap water
Put a drop of Johnson’s baby shampoo on each lens
Swirl it around with your fingers and make bubbles
Rinse thoroughly with tap water but don’t dry your goggles
For nine weeks this past summer I worked as a Lifeguard at the Legacy YMCA and at Camp Fletcher. I would open the pool at the YMCA at 5:30 in the morning and watch the early morning lap swimmers and the aqua exercisers. I’d leave the Y around 8:30 and drive over to Camp Fletcher where I’d watch one troop of campers (around 11 to 14 kids) play in the pool.
That’s me in the lifeguard stand, bent over my rescue tube watching Superman flying into the pool. So fun to watch!
I’d take a long lunch break, then head back to the camp to watch ALL the campers swim for a couple hours in the afternoon. Most days we had between 35 to 50 kids in the pool, but one day we had around 75 people in the pool. Thankfully, I had a couple additional lifeguards helping me keep an eye on things.
Pool group swim – one of the smaller sessions
Unfortunately, during the afternoon camp sessions I often spent too much time bent over my rescue tube sitting very still. By the end of the nine week camp session, my body was very stiff and I’d gained five pounds.
Now that Camp Fletcher’s season is over, I’ve come up with a couple new activities, both of them things I LOVE doing. I’m going to lead an aquatic exercise class and write a monthly newsletter (YMCA Aquatic Center Newsletter August 2015). The icing on the cake – I will get paid for both these things I love to do! ! ! !
Monday, August 24 at 6:45 pm I will start teaching “Deep Water Arthritis Exercise Class“. The class is not just for folks with arthritis, it’s for anyone looking for a low impact exercise environment to gain flexibility and strength.The bonus for individuals that do have arthritis is that the deep water helps reduce the pain and stiffness in their joints, along with helping them strengthen muscles and gain flexibility. Participants in this class need to be comfortable exercising in water that is over their head. My lesson plan starts with a brief warm-up in the shallow end, then we sit astride heavy duty swim noodles as we paddle to the deep end. Once in the deep end we will do flexibility and strength training exercises and hopefully have a lot of fun. After 20 – 30 minutes in the deep water we’ll ride our noodles back to the shallow end for a cool down some stretching and balance exercises.
I don’t know if I’ll be blogging much about my craft projects (who’s got time for crafts when there are lesson plans and newsletters to write!), but I’ll do my best to post some of my newsletter articles here for those of you that don’t get to stop by the Legacy YMCA and pick up a copy of the newsletter while attending my class.
Today I will be my first day working at Legacy YMCA in Bessemer, AL. I will be shadowing the lifeguard from noon till 4 pm. Thunderstorms are predicted for this area today, so we may have to close the pool if the weather gets severe. If that happens I will take advantage of the time and study swimming lesson plans.
I will continue to post updates on my craft project; however, those postings may be a bit further apart as I will not have as much free time to craft and write.