January 15, 2022 6 min read

Wearing a nose clip can help swimmers breathe easier and make it easier to stay submerged in the water. Most nose clips are made of latex or silicone. Some models have a strap that reaches around the head to ensure the clip does not fall off while swimming. A person should always be sure to rinse the clip thoroughly before putting it on. A person should never use a nose clip more than six times or they put themselves at risk for possible infection. For maintenance purposes, a person should wipe the clip down with a cloth and a good antibiotic soap.

How Does a Swimming Nose Clip Work

Swimmers wear a nose clip that is a type of earring that is worn by males and females. Some people believe that nose clips were traditionally worn in Persia in the 1400s to show that the person was in the royal family, but they were originally used to block the nose and close the mouth in order to prevent bad smells from entering.

Today, nose clips are often worn by athletes in order to prevent any fluids from entering the nose and mouth and to keep water out of the lungs in case the person falls and their head dips underwater in the process. When swimmers are training pool they are often told to use nose clips to cover their nose, rather than using a nose plug. The reason for this is that the nose clip only blocks the respiratory tract, leading to less water getting into the system.

blue nose clip

Nose clips are also very inexpensive and are very easy to use, - same as use of ear plugs for swimming. Nose clips are small pieces of soft, flexible rubber. They are designed to be placed over the nose to help keep the airway clear. The nose clip is placed on one side of the nose with the strap or strap guides, depending on the type, resting on the bridge of the nose. The strap is then placed behind the head to hold the clip in place. This is a great swimming device because it helps during being in the water and allows breath air at the same time.

Choosing a Nose Clip

Many people don't know that there are many different types of nose clips available so finding the best one for you might be more difficult than you think. There are brands that specialize in specific applications, so understanding what you need can help you narrow down your search. Some important factors to consider when looking for the best nose clip include: how often you plan on using it, what type of application is best for you, how large your nose is, and the price point.

There are many different types of nose clips. One type of nose clip is a clip that is typically used for competition with a stiff, metal spring to keep the seal tightly in place in the epidermal groove in the side of the nose. Another type of nose clip is a silicone clip in various shapes to suit the needs of the user. Lastly, there are over-the-nose mouthpieces that are typically made of latex with a built-in mouthguard to prevent the mouth from opening when the mouthpiece is in place.

Quality nose clips are important when swimming because they help prevent water from going up the nose and into the sinuses. The cost of a nose clip can vary depending on the material, brand, and design. A nose clip may cost anywhere from $5 to $30. However, the more costly one offers better quality and more parts to offer a better seal around your nose, and they last longer.

girl wearing a nose clip

Why Nose Clips Are Better fro Wearing Than Other Nose Stretching Methods

A nose clip is a device that you can use to keep your nostrils open when you are swimming. The nose clip works by trapping the nostrils at the top of the nose and making sure they do not close. The mouth can still be closed when wearing a nose clip so you can still take a breath. Nose clips are worn in three different ways, but they are basically the same.

There are beak-shaped noses clips, loops with elastic bands, and U-shaped clips that are inserted into the nostrils. Nose clips are better than other methods for swimmers because they ensure that you can continue to perform in the water without pain. Without the nose clip, your nostrils would close and you would not be able to breathe. This nifty little device can also help you get the most out of your workout. Nose clips are made of nylon so they are waterproof - perfect for water sports. And they are durable so they can take your activity for a while without breaking. Swim clips are really good for any type of water sport.

Benefits of Nose Plugs

Whether it is adults or children, nosebleeds are painful and uncomfortable moments. The pain from a nosebleed can cause someone to panic, can lead to a feeling of confusion, and can even lead to blood clotting in the brain. For this reason, many people seek protection against nosebleeds when they know they are prone. One way to prevent nosebleeds is by wearing nose clips to keep water out of the nose. Nose clips are made of silicone or plastic material and are small enough to fit comfortably in the nose without any discomfort. Nose clips come in different shapes and thicknesses- ranging from gentle to rigid. There are also ones made specifically for children that are designed to fit small noses.

There are numerous other benefits that come with using swimming nose clips and nose stretching. A few of them include:
  • Helps with congestion
  • Supports the sinus cavities
  • Improves blood oxygen levels
  • Maintains drainage of mucus
  • Improved respiration with nasal passages lined with water

There are many more benefits to wearing swimming nose clips and nose stretching for a sport such as swimming. If you or someone you know is interested in these benefits, they should consider trying it today!


Every professional swimmer uses nose clips, and you should as well. If you are a swimmer, you know how important it is to keep water from entering the nose. Many swim nose clips are available to help keep water from entering the nose. However, it is important to make sure the swim nose clip is worn correctly or it can be ineffective. Remember to follow the directions to wear a nose clip correctly. Hold the swim nose clip at a downward angle. This will help the water run along the bridge of the nose and over the top of the nose. Some individuals with low nasal bridges may need to insert the swim nose clip higher.


How long can you wear a nose clip?

The amount of time you can wear a nose clip is truly dependant on your personal preference. When wearing a nose clip, you should always be sure to place it so it is not only comfortable on your nose, but also so it does not put too much pressure on your septum.

nose clip

Do divers wear nose clips?

Some people wear nose clips when they go scuba diving because they believe they are more comfortable than using a mouthpiece, but it is best to be safe when you are in the water. In most cases, nose clips are not necessary when in the water to breathe.

Why do free divers pinch their nose?

Free divers often pinch their noses in order to equalize the pressure when they descend in depth. Free diving is an activity in which one does not use any breathing apparatus.

In other words, one does not use oxygen tanks or scuba gear. This is mainly due to the fact that free diving is typically done in shallow waters near the surface. However, when one goes deep enough, the pressure will force water up through an eardrum.

Is a nose clip safe?

Nose clips are safe for some people, but they can be dangerous for other people. It's best to consult your doctor to find out if you're at risk.
Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the surf, watersports and outdoor adventure space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.

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