Divers and swimmers are trained to blow out through their noses to keep water out when below the surface, but synchronized swimmers, who spend a great deal of their time in the pool upside down, need the power of a nose plug. There are several on the market made by all the major sport companies—like Speedo, Tyr and Nike — made of metal and synthetic, a little more subtle than the rubber nose clips hanging around the neck ($1.50-$3.50). Backstroke swimmers also wear them; in fact, Tyler Clary struck gold in the 200 m backstroke wearing Speedo’s version ($6).
Get in Gear: How to Compete (Or At Least Dress) Like an Olympian
If seeing all those toned bodies at this past summer’s London Games inspires you to go from spectator to contender, TIME has put together a list of equipment used in the Olympics and Paralympics. This way, even if you can’t compete like an elite athlete, you can at least look like one
Swimming and Diving: Nose Clip