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The best swim gear and accessories

Whether you're training to improve your technique for competition or swimming for exercise, here are 14 pieces of gear that can enhance your workout.
Swimming on your period won't increase your risk of infection.

Yes, you can safely swim while on your period with or without a tampon

If you're choosing a feminine product to wear while swimming, experts recommend either tampons or menstrual cups.

The best rash guards

Apart from the myriad rashes that form when we swim and surf, rash guards protect us from a whole host of other things, not least of which the sun.

The best board shorts

We researched several pairs of board shorts to find the most functional and stylish options for water sport enthusiasts and casual beachgoers alike.

Michael Phelps says he ‘never competed in a clean field once’ and athletes who test positive for doping should be banned immediately

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps says doping in sports has to change, and that one positive test should disqualify athletes from competition.

19-year-old Sarawak swimmer Ayrton Lim found dead at home

Lim specialised in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and had recently returned from training in Singapore.

The best wetsuits

Since the 1950s, neoprene wetsuits have let surfers and swimmers enjoy the water long past summer. These are the best wetsuits we've tested.
Sarah Thomas.

An American cancer survivor has become the first person to swim the English Channel four times nonstop

Sarah Thomas, 37, began her swim through the 20-mile English Channel on Sunday just after midnight. She completed her swim 54 hours later.
The teen was disqualified over her school-issued bathing suit.

A high school swimmer who was disqualified over a ‘suit wedgie’ had the decision overturned

A referee told a swimmer that her school-issued uniform was inappropriate. Now, the Alaska School Activities Association has overturned that decision.