How to choose your swimming goggles?

Choosing the right swimming goggles is essential as it will have an impact on your comfort level while swimming!


Are you a new swimmer looking to pick your first goggles?

Or are you an advanced swimmer looking to replace your old pair with new goggles?

Either way, making the right decision when choosing your goggles is essential as it will have an impact on how comfortable you feel when swimming!

When choosing your swimming googles, try to take into account these 3 criteria:

1. Training frequency & level or type of swimming

At Decathlon, we differentiate swimmers between three skill levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.


Swimming goggles for beginner swimmers have been designed for comfort and easy adjustment (with straps or notched nose bridges).

If you want a wider field of vision, you can also opt for a swimming mask.

With medium stability, beginner goggles offer a panoramic field of vision so that you can see everything happening around you and feel at ease.


Swimming goggles for regular use are designed with a more flexible nose bridge and a narrower field of vision.

They are as easy as the beginner goggles to adjust but offer greater stability when swimming.

If you prefer masks to goggles, there are also swimming masks with the same characteristics!


Goggles for advanced swimmers are designed for perfect hold on the face, a precise field of vision and great stability when swimming.

They are hydrodynamic and ideal to help you reach your performance goals.

There are two types of adjustments:

- Some goggles have removable nose bridges, so you can choose the one that suits your face best.

- However, "Swedish" type goggles must be set up yourself by adjusting the strap and the nose bridge so that the goggles are perfectly adapted to your face. These are meant for extreme comfort and ultra-clear vision.

How to Choose Your Swimming Goggles?

2. Goggle size

Our beginner and intermediate swimming goggles come in 2 sizes: Sizes S and L.

Size S is for children or adults with smaller face sizes. 

Size L is for children or adults with bigger face sizes.

There is only one size for our advanced swimming goggles. 

They include different adjustment systems to fit every face shape.

Here is a very simple 3-step test to help you choose the size of your goggles:

1. Place the goggles over your eyes and press down on the lens, but don't put the strap around your head.

2. If the goggles “stick” to your face and remain in place, they are the right size and won’t allow water to enter. 

If not, they are too big or too small depending on the areas they lose contact with the skin and they also might feel a bit uncomfortable. 

In this case, try another size!

3. Adjust the goggles at the strap and nose bridge. 

In order to avoid injury, don't pull them too tight,  but do ensure that water cannot get in under the lenses.

How to Choose Your Swimming Goggles?

Bonus! introducing: the revolutionary turn goggles

We understand that sometimes it's hard to adjust your goggle strap to get the best fit.

With our TURN goggles, let that hassle be a thing of the past.

All you have to do is turn the adjustment wheel at the back of the goggles, et voila! You'll get snug and perfectly fitting goggles in no time.

It's super useful for adjusting your goggles while underwater!

3. Lens colour

Gear up: for men

Check out our list of suggested men's swimwear that have an excellent support while swimming. 

Gear up: for women

Check out our list of recommended women's swimsuit 

Now that you know what to look out for when choosing your swimming goggles, browse the rest of our swimming offerings! 

You might also be interested in our swimsuits, floats and swimming accessories to enhance your performance.


Written by: olee sasithon

Watersport digital sports leader

My passion sports are Scuba Diving and Swimming!

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