How to Use Nose Clips for Swimming

A synchronized swimmer wears a nose clip to keep her nostrils dry.
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Nothing puts a damper on a good swim quite like getting a nose full of water. Fortunately, you can avoid this by wearing a nose clip that holds your nostrils shut. There are two basic types of nose clip: those with straps and those without. Whichever you choose, be sure to wear your nose clip correctly to keep your nostrils free of water.

Strapless Clip

Step 1

Place the metal part of the clip on the bridge of your nose with the arms of the clip pointing downward.

Step 2

Pinch the nose clip, closing off your nostrils. The clip will stay in place after you let go.

Step 3

Try breathing through your nose. If you have put the clip on properly, no air should come in or out your nose.

Clip With a Strap

Step 1

Place the nose clip on the bridge of your nose. The center of the U-shaped clip should rest on your nose. The clip will automatically tighten over your nose, closing your nostrils.

Step 2

Place the strap behind your head to hold the clip in place.

Step 3

Test the clip by breathing through your nose. No air should pass through your nose.

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