Club swimmers need the following training and competition kit:

Training kit

  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Goggles
  • Swimming hat
  • Water bottle
  • Fins
  • Kick board
  • Pull buoy (Performance squads only)
  • Hand paddle (Performance squads only)
  • Snorkel (required for Performance squads only, but desirable from Gold Academy upward)
Training fins are lightweight, shorter than dive fins, and have a shoe-shaped fit. We suggest avoiding fins with weird shapes, long fins and fins with heel bands.
Swimming snorkels curve centrally up from the mouth past the forehead as in the image, rather than to the side like a diving snorkel.

Hand paddles come in two basic forms:

Small finger paddles:

Larger strength-training hand paddles:

Younger swimmers are best to avoid concave paddles like the Speedo Tech paddle and large 'power' paddles, as they're highly taxing and not really suitable for Cormorants sessions.


Competition kit 

  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Goggles
  • CCSC Swimming hat
  • Water bottle
  • CCSC shirt

You can buy CCSC branded kit at the swim desk, including swim hats, polo shirts, hoodies, water bottles and Swans goggles. For all other swimming kit, we recommend the ProSwimwear website:


 If you use the link to hit the club page at ProSwimwear, the club gets a small cashback on anything you buy, at no extra cost to you. Other websites also provide good-value swimming kit, but in general Proswimwear currently seems to have the widest choice and the best prices.