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SwimWays Halloween Photo Contest

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It’s that time of year again! Spooky decorations, lots of candy, and best of all… awesome costumes! This year, you can swing by our Facebook page and post an image of your best costume (or your pet’s costume). The top liked comment wins, so enlist your family and friends to swing by and like your entry too!

Grand Prize

The grand prize is a $200 electronic gift card for Target, which can be used in store or at Target.com. The grand prize winner will also receive 3 of the Death Star Light Up Beach Balls.

Runner Up Prizes

Two runner ups will also be chosen. Each will receive a $20 Target.com gift card and a Death Star Light Up Beach Ball.

Rules & Regulations

This contest is open to legal residents of the United States of America aged 18 years and older. No entry fee, payment, or proof of purchase needed to enter. You can participate by uploading an image to the contest post on the SwimWays Facebook page.

Complete set of official rules governing this contest

10 Water Safety Tips Everyone Should Know!

  1. Ensure everyone in your family can swim well. A quick google search is all it takes to find swim lessons near you. Until they’re experienced, make sure all swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water.41130P_160_act
  2. Use the buddy system! Never let anyone swim alone. Swimming is more fun with a friend anyways!
  3. Post “family pool rules” and make sure everyone knows what they are. There are great lists to get you started!
  4. Make sure at least one responsible adult is designated to supervise kids at all times around water – even if lifeguards are present.
  5. Prevent unsupervised access to the water – restrict access to the pool with safety covers and barriers and make sure kids ask if it’s ok before going swimming.
  6. If you have a home pool, make sure to maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Improper chemical levels can increase the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
  7. Protect your whole body – make sure to wear sunscreen whenever you’re out in the sun (even if you “never burn”) and drink plenty of water.
  8. Be aware of how different the beach is from the pool, like the presence of rip currents. If you’re caught in a rip current, stay calm. Swim parallel to the shore and once you are free, turn and swim toward the beach.
  9. Keep a lookout for aquatic life – water plants and animals can be dangerous. Dark blue and purple flags mean dangerous marine life like sharks and jellyfish.
  10. There are two things you should always have nearby while swimming – a cell phone and a first-aid kit. Better to be safe than sorry!

Are you a water safety expert? Take the American Red Cross safety quiz to find out!

The American Red Cross and Blue Haven Pools & Spas have tons of extra tips! And check out our other guides to boat safety, the beach, and even the off-season for more information.

Spring into Pool Season with the Original Spring Float!

The Spring Float is a Swimways original and a “must-have” for pool season!
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Why do you need a Spring Float in your pool this season?

1. Patented Inner Spring

Invented by our founder, SwimWays Spring Floats are the only floats on the market with a patented inner spring. What’s so great about the spring and why would you want one?

The Spring Float will always be there to support you.

The inner spring is sewn into the soft fabric outer ring, adding stability and comfort without ever poking and prodding like other spring-loaded products.

Spring Floats are your new travel buddies.

How to fold a Spring Float

How to fold a Spring Float

When folded as shown, the Spring Float twists into a compact ring, making this a great pool float for travel! Toss it in your luggage or pool bag and still have room to spare for all your travel necessities. With the Spring Float, you don’t have to ever leave home without it!

 

2. Perfect balance of warm sun & cool water

13004L_130_actAThe soft mesh hammock of the Spring Float keeps your body supported just under the water’s surface. With soft fabric covering and an over-sized inflatable pillow, we challenge you to find a more comfortable float!

Holds adults up to 250lbs!

 

3. Jet Valve Inflation

Tired of huffing and puffing just to inflate a pool float? With jet valve technology, inflation and deflation is fast and easy. You won’t need an air pump or lungs of steel to inflate this float!

4. Styles for the whole family!

Available in a range of colors and with patterns like Star Wars and palm trees, there’s something for everyone! We also have spring floats specifically made for dogs, babies, and kids! From our deluxe best-selling Spring Float Recliner to the deep Papasan, you can find the perfect Spring Float for your needs.

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5. Available at a store near you!

The spring float line is available at Target, Walmart, and select outdoors, sports, and pool retailers across the country! Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you.

Take a peek at the whole Spring Float line!

Swimways and USA Swimming Foundation Dive into New Partnership to Help Children Learn to Swim on National Learn to Swim Day

Saturday, May 21, was the fifth annual National Learn to Swim Day! This year’s event marks the beginning of our partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation, and we couldn’t be more honored to work with this amazing organization. Read all about the event and our new partnership in the press release.

National Learn to Swim Day 2016

National Learn to Swim Day 2016

See all the ways people celebrated learn to swim day around the world in our Storify post:

 

National Learn to Swim Day is an annual event that takes the third Saturday each May to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children how to swim to prevent drowning. Even though the official holiday is over, you can make any day learn to swim day by signing up for swim lessons, taking a water safety class, and many other ways! Visit our resources page on TeachMeToSwim.com for more ideas.