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What kind of swimwear should be required in school?

My thoughts (I may have gotten a little carried away)

Posted by ArefeenSh on 2003-03-27 01:07:19

I am assuming that the poll was referring to a general PE classes that have swim instruction as part of the curriculum and not athlectic electives, such as swim team.

I think that schools should provide students with uniform swimwear just as they provide uniform gym suits. In any case, parents should pay for they uniforms.

As to what kind of swimwear that should be provided to boys, it is my opinion that schools should provide swim trunks. I agree that the cases for speedo and board shorts have their respective good points.

Speedos are optimal for speed swimming, but are very skimpy and would adversely affect boys with neg. body image, be they too fat or too skinny or whatnot. Futhermore, assuming that these are to be used for intructional swimming and not competitive swimming, I see no need to jeopardize someones self-esteem for a few milliseconds.

On the other hand, while board shorts are are helpful the aforementioned boys with self esteem, they are cumbersome. Board shorts are meant to be swimming trunks as much as they are meant to be recreational wear. Thus, swim trunks are the best choice. They provides the best of both worlds--the sleekness of speedos and the privacy (relatively) of board shorts.

As far as girls' swimwear go, I believe that one-pieces suit are the only choice avaible. Two piece suit create drag and are unpleasent to girls with a negative body self-image and nothing else is much available. [As much as I'm sure the guys would like having the girls in thongs, I dont think school boards would have it. ;~)]

Posted by RWM on 2008-12-09 06:58:17

"I am assuming that the poll was referring to a general PE classes that have swim instruction as part of the curriculum and not athlectic electives, such as swim team.

I think that schools should provide students with uniform swimwear just as they provide uniform gym suits. In any case, parents should pay for they uniforms."

Sounds reasonable.

"As to what kind of swimwear that should be provided to boys, it is my opinion that schools should provide swim trunks. I agree that the cases for speedo and board shorts have their respective good points.

Speedos are optimal for speed swimming, but are very skimpy and would adversely affect boys with neg. body image, be they too fat or too skinny or whatnot. Futhermore, assuming that these are to be used for intructional swimming and not competitive swimming, I see no need to jeopardize someones self-esteem for a few milliseconds."

I don't think you've thought this through well enough. (Or perhaps you're just uninformed about some things?)

First, the issue with board shorts is not just that they slow you down. The issue is that they affect things like balance and streamlining that all swimmers need to master, whether they're planning to compete or not. So use of board shorts hinders swimming instruction. Trust me on this one! I'm a swim instructor.

Second, P.E. classes are notorious for embarassing people who aren't all that athletic, just as math classes embarass kids who aren't very good at math and English classes embarass kids whose grammar and spelling aren't very good. It goes with the territory. A boy who can't climb the rope like the other boys, a boy who can't catch a ball very well, a fat or skinny boy who has to take off his shirt for a shirts/skins game, are all going to be embarassed. There's no way around it.

Third, the skin that is exposed by speedos but hidden by board shorts isn't normally the skin that a fat or skinny boy is embarassed to show. The embarassment lies in having to go shirtless, and that's going to be an issue regardless of whether they wear speedos or board shorts.

Fourth, if the suits are going to be uniform for all kids, that means that all kids will have to wear them for swim classes, regardless of whether they are competitive swimmers or not. You could, I suppose, excuse competitive swimmers from your swim classes. But that means the suits will not really be uniform. And it also means that any boy who improves enough to join the swim team would end up having bought two suits, both of which he is likely to have outgrown in a year.

"As far as girls' swimwear go, I believe that one-pieces suit are the only choice avaible. Two piece suit create drag and are unpleasent to girls with a negative body self-image and nothing else is much available. [As much as I'm sure the guys would like having the girls in thongs, I dont think school boards would have it. ;~)]"

Agreed.