Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming Club

Club Kit

If your child is new to swimming, it can be difficult to understand or know what kit is correct for them to have.  When it comes to fins/kickboard/pull buoys, you do not need to break the bank to get ones that do the job. A good thing to remember is to name the kit with a permanent pen, as most children end up with very similar kit.

If you have any questions about kit, please contact Fabrizio at [email protected].

Here is a quick breakdown of what is required:

Basic kit list for all squads:

  • Working goggles

  • Spare goggles

  • Club swim hat

  • Short fins

  • Kickboard

  • Pull buoy

  • Drinks bottle with water

Short Fins

These range in price from £16 upwards.  For a new swimmer, the £16 fins will do just as good a job as the £35 pair.


These range from £12 upwards. For a new swimmer, the £12 kickboard will do the job. You can usually find kickboards at the leisure centres to buy.


These range from £10 upwards. For a new swimmer, the £10 pullbuoy will do the job. You can usually find pullbuoys at the leisure centres to buy.

Swim hats

All members are required to have a Bristol Penguin hat when competing in competitions. When competing, swimmers are expected to be wearing a hat with the club logo on (ie not a House hat). Hats are £7.99 plus delivery for a standard Bristol Penguin hat (see photo). Order this online at SwimPath or fill in this form to order directly from him (£8 plus postage and packaging).  

In addition to white Bristol Penguin hats, swimmers may want to purchase a Penguin House hat. These can be ordered by filling in this form.


As a reward for personal performance, there are three additional coloured club hats that you will see swimmers wear. The black Penguins hat is awarded to swimmers who gain Regional qualifying times. The red Penguins hat is awarded to swimmers who gain National qualifying times. The pink hat is awarded to swimmers who gain open water qualifying times. None of these hats had be bought by swimmers - instead they are awarded by the Head Coach and Lead Coach for achieving a the specific level of personal performance.


Bristol Penguins are fortunate to have a discount of 10% with leading swim shop Bristol Penguins Swimming Club Team Kit Page.  Swimpath offer a variety of brands, from their own and all the leading brands.

To receive the discount, please follow this link, you will need to sign up to the exclusive club membership and you’ll receive an exclusive code by email. Members will also have priority access to new product releases and discounted products before we market to the general public. 


Kit pictured below can be ordered online here.

Kit recycling

For equipment that no longer fits your swimmer and can be reused, please post the relevant details on the club Facebook parents page.