How to Tie Swedish Goggles

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Swedish goggles, sometimes just called Swedes, are a type of swim goggles that typically come unassembled. When you buy a pair of Swedish swim goggles you’ll get 2 plastic eye covers, 1 string, 1 plastic or rubber nose piece, and 1 rubber strap. Oftentimes, the goggles only come with very basic instructions or none at all, so you may be wondering how to put the pieces together in the proper order and tie everything to get a tight fit. Go ahead and put the pieces of your Swedes on a table or other flat work surface in front of you and get started!

Assembling Swedish Goggles

  1. File down any sharp edges on the insides of the eye covers with a nail file. There are sometimes sharp bits of plastic, left over from molding, on the inside edges of the eye covers. Use a nail file to gently file these pieces off, so the goggles don’t hurt your face.
    • If you don’t have a nail file, you could carefully run an X-ACTO knife or other sharp blade along the inside edges to remove any sharp plastic bits. Be very careful if you do this and always slice away from your fingers and other body parts.
    • This might not always be necessary. If you don’t feel any sharp bits of plastic on the inside edges of the goggles, you don’t need to file them.
  2. Slide the plastic or rubber nose piece onto the middle of the string. Hold the short piece of string in 1 hand and pick up the small plastic or rubber nose piece in your other hand. Poke 1 end of the string through the nose piece and pull it through until the nose piece is centered on the string.
    • The nose piece is usually either cylindrical or rectangular and sometimes has the brand name of the goggles printed on it.
  3. Thread the string through the holes on the inside of the eye covers and tie it. Slip 1 end of the string through the small round hole on the inside edge of 1 of the eye covers and put the other end of the string through the round hole on the inside edge of the other eye cover. Tie the ends of the string together in an overhand knot to create a loop that holds the nose piece between the 2 eye covers.
    • The inside edges of the goggles are the narrower sides that go up against your nose. You can tell because the opposite sides are wider, so they can wrap around the sides of your eyes.
  4. Pull the rubber strap through the holes on the outside edges of the eye covers. Put 1 end of the rubber strap through the hole on the outside edge of 1 of the eye covers, then do the same for the other end of the strap and the other eye cover. Pull the ends of the rubber strap until you have an equal amount of strap on both sides.
    • Put the ends of the strap through the holes in the eye covers going in the same direction on each side. For example, if you pull the end down through the hole on the left side, stick it down through the hole on the right side, so the ends of the strap are facing the same way.

Adjusting the Fit

  1. Put the goggles on and pull the rubber strap to adjust the fit. Place the eye covers over your eyes and slide the rubber strap behind your head. Pull on the ends of the strap to tighten it or pull back on the strap to loosen it.
    • The goggles should be tight and snug, but not so tight that they are extremely uncomfortable. Over-tightening them can actually cause them to leak, just like having them too loose can.
  2. Tie the loop in the string through the nose piece looser or tighter, if needed. Untie the knot in the string and make the loop tighter if you want to pull the eye covers closer to your nose. Untie the knot and tie the string more loosely if you want to separate the eye covers to get a comfortable fit.
    • The plastic or rubber nose piece gives the eye covers a standard spacing, but everyone’s face and nose is different. This is why you might find that you need to loosen or tighten the loop.
  3. Tie the rubber strap in place around your head. Secure the loose ends of the rubber strap together in the middle of the back of your head with an overhand knot. Make sure the knot is very tight and that the goggles still fit comfortably and tightly.
    • You can always adjust this strap after trying your goggles out a few times, so don’t worry if you aren’t sure whether the fit is 100% perfect yet.
  4. Remove the goggles and use scissors to cut off the excess strap at the ends. Take the tied goggles off your face. Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut off the excess strap hanging off of the knot you tied in the back of the strap.
    • If you think you might want to loosen the goggles a bit after testing them, don’t cut the excess off just yet. Wait until after you swim in them a few times, then make any final adjustments before you remove the excess strap.

Tips

  • Rinse goggles off with cool, fresh water after every use to keep them clean.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
  • Store your Swedish goggles in a pouch or a dry area and keep them out of direct sunlight.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
  • If you notice water leaking into your goggles when you’re swimming, try adjusting the strap to loosen or tighten them until you fix the problem.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
  • If you want an adjustable nose strap, use some of the excess strap you cut off instead of the string. Just untie and remove the string and nose piece, then cut the ends of a piece of rubber strap to make them pointy and slide them through the holes in the eye covers instead.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
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Warnings

  • Run your fingers along the edges of the plastic eye covers to feel for any sharp bits of plastic left over from molding. If you feel any, file them down with a nail file so the goggles don’t hurt your face.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
  • Goggles that are too tight can let water in, just like goggles that are too loose can.Thanks!Helpful0Not Helpful0
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Things You’ll Need

  • Swedish goggles
  • Nail file
  • Scissors
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