… someone kicks me in the face and I get a bloody nose?
Most of the time, swimmers will get bumped around by accident. If you do get a strong kick to the nose, try to stay calm and keep swimming. It may help to stop for a few seconds, adjust the goggles and move away from the swimmer with the tremendously strong kick. Also, be sure that when you’re swimming behind someone, swim a few inches behind his or her kick. If your hands are constantly touching the feet in front of you, you are slowing yourself and the person in front of you.