A swimming cap is a tight-fitting cap usually made of silicone, latex or some such material. Whether you are swimming for recreational purposes or for a competition, you would do well to wear a swimming cap to protect your hair. They are pretty tight and will not let water in, but some come with ear plugs on the inside for added protection for your ears. There are no strict rules about what kind of swimming hat you need to wear, and it just boils down to your preferences. They come in all sizes and colors, and you can pick a particular color if you want you or your team to stand out in the crowd of swimmers. They can even be custom-made with your team logo on it, or the graphic design you like.
Silicone - Swimming caps are mostly made of silicone, which is a durable material and sticks firmly to your head. It also does not tug at the hair and has a comfortable feel about it, which is equally good both for beginners and professionals.
Latex -Latex swimming caps are also as popular as the silicone ones. As it is thinner than silicone, it is less durable, but is good for warmer climates. It is also cheaper, so that you can have a handful handy, just in case one tears.
Rubber - Rubber swimming caps are thicker than the latex ones, and more suited for colder climates. Since rubber tends to slip off, most of them come with a chin band to keep it in place.
Spandex or Lycra- Spandex swimming caps, also called Lycra swimming caps, are the most comfortable. They are also more durable if maintained properly. They need to be washed with a solution that neutralizes the chlorine they come in contact with in the swimming pool, otherwise they may lose elasticity.
Neoprene - Neoprene is a material which is used to make wetsuits, and swimming caps made of this material help in retention of head heat. They are perfect for outdoor swimming in lakes with extremely cold water.
Swimming caps come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some of the main brands making them are ANARWALI SPORTS, Arrowmax, Cosco, HAVICK, HAWKISH, Konex, Magideal, Speedo, Star X, etc. Depending on the size and quality of material used, these swimming caps can cost between Rs. 100 and Rs. 4000.
While you are browsing for swimming caps, you might want to check out other swimming gear to make your swimming more enjoyable, whether you are doing it for recreational purposes or for participating in competitions. You could choose from an array of swimming gear on Paytm Mall from goggles to protect your eyes, inflatable tube rings to prevent beginners from drowning, hand or feet fins, waterproof waist pack belts to keep your cash, to full-fledged rafts to help you soak the sun in during winters while reading a book or taking a little nap.