Swimsuits and drag reduction
The Speedo Fastskin swim suit should have the least amount of drag and produce the fastest swim speed.
In modern swimming competitions, records are typically broken by fractions of a second and increasingly the way to win in the swimming competitions is either to be a faster swimmer or to use a better swimsuit.
The swimsuits used in competitive sports are designed to reduce water resistance or drag on the swimmers as they push forward in the water. The drag faced by the swimmer in the water is caused by the body shape of the swimmer and the friction of the water against the skin of the swimmer.
The fast swimsuits which cover most of the athlete’s body are made from two types of materials. A light and soft material is used to reduce the friction between water and skin whereas a stronger material is used to compress and streamline the body shape of the swimmer in order to reduce the water drag.
Always be careful and aware of the risks of getting/falling into a pool. Adult supervision required. Only swimmers should enter pools.