I think we can safely say that leaky goggles are the bane of a swimmer’s life. Whether you’re a fully-fledged pro or more of an occasional paddler, when your swimming goggles leak it’s sure to put a spanner in the works.

“But my goggles leak so often – isn’t it just part and parcel of wearing goggles?”

Thankfully, that’s not necessarily the case. We’ve put together 3 foolproof tips to stop your goggles from leaking, so you can swim clearly and with ease.

1. Check for damage

Are there any signs of damage to the frames, silicone or strap? If you can see that there is a bend on either the lenses or the silicone seal it can affect the suction and start letting water in.

If you’re having issues with slightly skew-whiff goggles, a top tip is to grab a pot of boiling water and pop your goggles in there for about five minutes or so. Obviously check the instructions and quality of your goggles before doing so and be careful when removing as they will get hot. When you have taken them out and the goggles are still warm and comfortable to touch, put the lenses over your eyes and press down gently – this will mould them back into the correct shape. From now on, keep them in a case rather than rattling around your gym bag to make sure they don’t get any further knocks.

2. Rinse, rinse, rinse

A buildup of chlorine or salt residue on your goggles can affect the seals around your eyes, which in turn will let pesky water in. After each swim, remember to rinse off your goggles then leave them to dry. Save yourself some time and do it while you’re in the shower!

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3. Are they the right size?

If neither of the above tips seem to have a worked, the problem may be that your goggles aren’t the right fit for you. When you put them on, do you have a secure seal all around your eyes, or can you see a gap? It’s really important to make sure you’ve got the correct fit, as this could be the main reason that your swimming goggles are leaking.

Not sure how to test whether your goggles are the correct size for you? Pop over to our blog ‘How to Fit and Secure Swimming Goggles’ and we’ll take you through the best ways to check.


Of course, if the leaking just won’t desist it may be time to treat yourself to a new pair. Generally the consensus is that it’s worth changing your goggles every six months to a year, but this will vary depending on how often you’re using them.

With these tips you should be able to swim unhindered by leakages – who knows, now that you’re no longer stopping to adjust your goggles, you might find yourself hitting a PB!