So lately I’ve started to swim at the local gym as a low impact way of working out and getting some good cardio work in so I can live till I’m 200. The problem is, I haven’t gone swimming since I was a wee little lass, and it isn’t exactly like riding a bike, it is possible to forget. Remembering each stroke isn’t the hard part, it’s remembering how to breathe that presents me with problems. I end up flopping around like a fish out of water (ironic, I know) trying to remember at what point I turn my head and suck down air (I always end up sucking down a nice air/water mix) so that I don’t end up blue in the face after a lap or two. Luckily, Finis has developed a product near enough to gills that solves my swim breathing problems once and for all. Called the Swimmer’s Snorkel, it’s a front-mount snorkel design that is compatible with any standard swimming goggles and goes over the front of your face and exits near the center of your head, allowing you to breath without having to take your head out of the water and thus, destroying you barracuda like stroke. “The Swimmer’s Snorkel allows swimmers to concentrate on body balance, head position and stroke technique by eliminating the breathing cycle rotation”. Plus, you can recreate Jaws for hours at a time, albeit with a rather un-sinister looking blue dorsal fin. Also, for simulated high altitude training, you can add a Cardio Cap to the top, restricting the amount of air that can pass through and thus, increasing lung capacity. If I want to take in less air, I’d just swim without the snorkel, but for those whose skill level trumps mine (pretty much everyone else at the pool), the cap could be the perfect training tool before that next meet.