A child who is dependent on goggles when swimming is at a higher risk of drowning.  Often, children that have only learned to swim with goggles aren’t accustomed to swimming without them.  These children can become shocked and panic if they fall or get pushed into water without their goggles. We know goggles don’t make the swimmer, but children can become so severely attached to goggles that not having them make them think the forgot how to swim. It is as important for competitive swimmers as well as children to make sure they can swim without goggles.  Athletic swimmers would have a problem finishing their race if their goggles fell off when diving into water or their goggles begin leaking.  It is important that parents understand that goggles are not essential when learning to swim.  However, they may make water time more fun and enjoyable. In addition, goggles can help protect eyes from pool unbalanced pool chemicals and keep contact lenses in.  If we have a child that is especially fearful to go under water, we may first allow them to try goggles so they can see more clearly.  They will find that there is a whole different world under water to explore and enjoy!  It may take your child some time to get used to swimming without goggles if they have become dependent.  They may cry, sulk, maybe even throw a tantrum if their goggles are taken away.  We recommend children swim with their goggles 80% of the time and swim without goggles 20% of the time.  This small skill could save your child’s life one day.