How to Fix the Back of Swimming Goggles

Updated March 28, 2017

Swimming goggles are used for pool swimming, competitions and triathlons. These small goggles provide watertight seals around the eyes, allowing for underwater visibility during the swim session. Common fixes to the back of the goggles include regluing the rubber gasket around the hard edge of the lens and repairing the strap. Keep your goggles working and watertight to ensure productive swimming regimens.

Hold the goggles under a faucet at slow flow. Let the water drip onto the top of the lens and gasket and find the leaking area surrounding the rubber gasket and lens.

Let the goggles dry completely, then push the leak area of the gasket up from the lens and apply a generous amount of the clear liquid adhesive to the edge of the gasket and lens. Be sure the entire area of the leak gets a coating of the glue.

Pinch the gasket to the lens and hold for five minutes to set the adhesive. Once set, go along the edges of the connection point and add another coating of the adhesive to ensure the entire gasket remains watertight. Allow the adhesive time to dry.

Inspect the strap for cracks as well as the adjustment slide. If broken, either replace with a new one or use the adhesive to glue the broken pieces of the slide together. Remove the slide from the strap by pulling the end of the strap all the way through the slide and then pulling the slide off the opposite strap. Glue the slide when off the strap. Let it dry and place it back on the strap.

Apply anti-fog cream to the lenses of the goggles and wipe it over them with the toothbrush. Wipe away with the chamois cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear liquid super adhesive
  • Anti-fog cream
  • Chamois cloth
  • Toothbrush and soft-abrasion cleaner
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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.