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Swimming Equipment for Kids

August 5, 2018

 

Summer is still here. So you have a chance to have a vacation by the sea or other water.

 

But  if you have a young person in your charge, you’ll want to make sure they are well equipped for the water.

 

Here you can find a list of kids swimming aids and their short description in english, that will help your little water baby gain confidence from their first splashes to their first strokes.

 

 

1. Swim Ring

 

A swim ring is a cheap and durable item of swimming equipment that is ideal for the non-swimmer.  It is used mainly by children as a way of enhancing their confidence the water. 

 

The aid is worn around the body of the child and like armbands, it can restrict arm movements.  It does however allow full movement and freedom of the legs.

 

It is vitally important to take into consideration the size of the child to be put into the ring.  It's also very quick and easy to fit and remove, making it all round very convenient. 

 

1.1 Sit-in float 

 

Aimed at swimmers in their very first stages,  sit-in float is an ideal way to introduce your baby to the water. Encompassing a seat with leg holes, it offers a back rest for support and is made up of four air chambers.

 

2.Arm Bands or Water Wings

 

 

 

Swimming armbands are probably the most popular and most commonly used swimming aid for children.  

 

Armbands are very cheap and very durable floatation aids that are ideal for assisting young children in the early stages of learning to swim.

 

They help to keep kids afloat in the water whilst at the same time give them a sense of freedom, allowing them to kick and move about the pool independently.

 

Although they can be restrictive to the movement of their arms, they keep a child close to the surface of the water.  This allows them to experience blowing bubbles in the water and any splashing sensations, all of which are vital parts of the learning to swim process.

 

3. Swim Belt

 

The swim belt or floatation belt as it is sometimes called, is commonly used in swimming lessons where beginners and non-swimmers are being taught in water depth where they are unable to touch the floor.

 

Swimming belts are available in sizes that suit small children and are also available for adults in the form of aquatic exercise belts. 

 

Aquatic exercise belts can be used as part of aquatic exercise classes and for individual swimming pool based exercises as well as learning to swim.

 

A swimming belt is usually constructed of a series of small floats arranged along a belt that is fastened, tied or clipped in place.

 

4. Swimming Vest

 

A child swim vest is a very popular and successful example of children's swimming aids.  

 

The vest, often referred to as a swim jacket, promotes floatation and enhances confidence in the water.

 

This type of child swimming jacket usually provides buoyancy at both the front and rear of the torso.

 

 This promotes an upright body position, which for a toddler learning to experience the water and move about in deep water, is perfect. 

 

5. Floats or Kickboards

 

Swimming floats are by far the most popular items of swimming equipment used by swimmers due to their versatility and adaptability.

 

They are suitable for non-swimmers right up to advanced swimmers, and can be used by both adults and children.

 

Swim floats are used by swimming teachers as part of lessons for many different exercises.  They can be used by non-swimmers to strengthen and by established swimmers to isolate and perfect technique.

 

 

6.Woggles or Noodles

 

One of the most popular buoyancy aids, the swimming noodle, is a simple polythene foam cylinder approximately 3 inches in diameter and about 58 inches long.  One of the most popular and widely used floats during swimming lessons. 

 

Sometimes called a 'woggle', it is cheap to make, cheap to buy and easy to use in large group swimming lessons.

 

The main advantage is that it provides a high level of support whilst as the same time allowing the swimmer movement of their arms and legs. The swimmer is able to learn and experience propulsion through the water from both the arms and the legs.

 

The noodle is very versatile and as it is not a fixed aid, it can be used and removed with ease.  It can also add a sense of fun to swimming as it can be tucked under the arms on the front and the back as well as placed between the legs and used as a 'horse'.

 

 

7.Pull Buoy

 

A pull buoy is a figure-eight shaped piece of solid foam and used mainly by established and advanced swimmers. 

 

It is placed between the legs in the upper thigh area to provide support to the body so the swimmer can swim without kicking the legs.  This allows them to focus on other parts of their swimming stroke, such as arm or breathing technique.

 

This type of swimming aid is available in a smaller size for younger swimmers as well as full size for adults.

 

 

8.Goggles

 

Goggles, or safety glasses, are forms of protective eyewear that usually enclose or protect the area surrounding the eye in order to prevent particulates, water or chemicals from striking the eyes.

 

Must be watertight to prevent water, such as salt water when swimming in the ocean, or chlorinated water when swimming in a pool, from irritating the eyes or blurring vision. Allow swimmers to see clearly underwater. 

 

9. Fins

 

Fins are a great way to work your legs while improving ankle flexibility.

 

Swim fins help to strengthen the large muscle groups in the legs that propel the body forward through the water and teach proper horizontal form.

 

Fins are typically made of flexible plastic, and mimic the shape of fish fins or duck feet.

 

They essentially function as extensions of the foot and ankle, giving every kick more power.

This is especially rewarding to younger children as they learn to control their muscles.

 

 

 

Cover photo: Pixabay

 

Source: https://www.swim-teach.com

https://www.independent.co.uk

 

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