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Some of Our Favorite Things for Your Holiday List

5 Holiday Gift Recommendations

It wasn’t long ago that we were sharing outdoor theme party ideas, water confidence tips and fun pool games with you. As you know, the holidays are just around the corner. We can clearly see this in stores and hear festive tunes on the radio on our way to work, even though we might feel it’s just a little bit too early!

Have you started planning your holiday shopping list yet? For those of you who need a little inspiration we’ve picked out some of our favorite products from the SwimWays.com Holiday Gift Guide.

1. Radically creative snow play

We have to give a shout out to our sister brand COOP. Last year COOP introduced us to Shredz, a new line of snowboarder action figures. These little guys are about 3.75″ high and can glide on snow with their included snowboard. Using the Track Maker, Big Air Jump and Trick Set, kids will experience imaginative snow play by carving out a snowboarding terrain park for their Shredz toys. Perfect for families who enjoy the great outdoors.

2. Introduce baby to the water with the Baby Spring Float

SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy

Do you know a new parent who loves to swim? Why not get a gift that allows mom and dad to engage with their little one in the water? The Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy provides a memorable bonding experience between parent and child. This inflatable pool float for older babies and younger toddlers has fabric-covered inflation and a soft mesh seat for durability and comfort. It also features a removable canopy for added shade on those bright, sunny days. Suitable for children ages 9-24 months.

3. The travelling pool float

SwimWays Spring Float Sun Seat

We all know someone with the travel bug! Treat your frequently vacationing friends to a Spring Float SunSeat. This inflatable chair with fabric-covered inflation provides a relaxing sit-up floating experience; it even includes a cup holder for a favorite beverage. Super portable, this comfortable pool float easily folds and stores. It’s also the perfect size for a suitcase, so it can go pretty much anywhere!

4. Victory! A flotation device children want to wear!

We can’t say enough good things about our U.S. Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device just for kids. The perfect gift for a child in an active outdoor family, the colorful styling and fun flexible dorsal fin encourages imaginative role-play, making it a life jacket kids want to wear. Extremely comfortable, this children’s PFD offers freedom of movement for continuous wear, and buoyancy technology allows for successful balance of the child’s center of gravity, giving him or her greater control and stability in the water.

5. Because they should always swim with a buddy!

Our award winning Pooligans are sweet, huggable plush toys with buoyant flotation. These little guys are anti-microbial with quick-dry outer fabric and stuffing. Not just for the pool, once Pooligans dry off they’re great as an indoor buddy too!

Need something else for the water lovers in your life? Check out our other recommendations for your holiday list from our complete holiday gift guide and Pinterest boards.

There's something for everyone on your holiday list at SwimWays.com

What to do with Oodles of Noodles

Let’s just admit it. Summer is over. There’s no going back as we watch the leaves turning brown on the trees. Now that your pool is finally closed, you may have left over foam noodles from those warm summer days, but where do they go when the air gets chilly? Why not put them to work?!

Our 5 Favorite Pool Noodle Ideas

  1. This simple, yet beautiful pool noodle garland really brings everything together. Check out the blog post from Sugar & Cloth for a full tutorial.Pool Noodle Garland via Sugar & Cloth
  2. At the Swimways Corp. annual cookout this summer we used our noodles as napkin rings – a cute and colorful way to brighten up any party. Using three different colored noodles, simply slice evenly and pull your napkins through the hole for a cheap and quirky solution.Pool Noodle Napkin Rings
  3. This tutorial for creating Pool Noodle Ponies from Ginger Snap Crafts is great for imaginative young minds and makes for an awesome weekend craft project for kids and parents. Pool Noodle Ponies
  4. It is October! So here’s a fun decorative fall idea from Coupons Are Great, with tutorial – Pool Noodle Pumpkins!Pool  Noodle Pumpkins
  5. Ahoy thar me mateys! Do you have a pirate party t’plan? If so, Sophie’s World has a great tutorial and video walk-through that teaches you how to make a special foam noodle pirate sword for your little rapscallions!

But Wait, There’s More!

We’ve scoured Pinterest for the most creative pool noodle craft ideas out there and created a dedicated board. Here are our favorites! What’s your favorite noodle re-purposing idea?

Follow SwimWays’s board Creative Pool Noodle Ideas on Pinterest.

Making a Swimming Difference, One Class at a Time

With her brightly colored swim suit and equally sunny disposition, Leslie Paul stands poolside while she talks to the class about their upcoming lesson. Anxious to get started, the excited children quickly fall in line with their designated instructor and split off to different areas of the Windsor Oaks Pool for their third day of the week long swim training program. From the most timid of swimmers wearing fluorescent flotation devices, to confident splashers, each group is provided instruction based upon their level of comfort in the water.

Really Awesome People Swimming (RAPS) was founded by Leslie in 2007 after she found out about the high drowning rates amongst the minority population. The Hampton Roads, Virginia based organization teaches local children and teens who otherwise do not have the means to participate in swim lessons how to swim and to be safe while in, on or around the water. Leslie and her team of instructors passionately teach swimming and safety skills to children free of charge throughout the summer. Their goal is to ensure no child is left out when it comes to learning to swim due to lack of pool facilities, race or socioeconomic status.

Swimways Corp. supports Leslie and her team by donating swim training aids such as SwimWays water toys and pool noodles, and COOP waterproof balls and skateboard floats. In addition we also provide monetary support towards this worthy cause, enabling the RAPS team to ensure even more local children learn to swim.

Quick stats about RAPS:

  • 346 children + 6 adults = 352 people served through the RAPS program in 2013
  • 15 instructors with a combined total of 303 years of experience, and 1 lifeguard with 5 years of experience
  • Total number of people served through the RAPS program since 2007 = 1,315

Did you know?**

  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Making it the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.
  • Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.
  • Taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years.
  • African-American children ages 5 to 14 drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers.
  • Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.

For more information about this amazing program, or if you’d like to contribute to the cause, visit: reallyawesomepeopleswimming.org

** Sources: Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. CDC.

The Best Flotation Device for a Child

Flotation device for children

Here’s why parents (and kids!) love our Sea Squirts PFD

1. It’s US Coast Guard Approved.

The SwimWays Sea Squirts PFD is a US Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device just for kids. Buoyancy technology allows for successful balance of your child’s center of gravity, giving him or her greater control and stability in the water. Straps across the chest and between the legs ensure a snug fit, keeping the flotation aid in the correct position.

2. It’s comfortable.

The quality neoprene outer cover and inner fabric liner are extremely comfortable, offering freedom of movement and comfort for continuous wear in and around the water. The cute, flexible back fin is appealing to kids and naturally folds flat so they can sit comfortably in a boat or chair.

3. They want to wear it.

Sometimes they just don’t want to wear a flotation device; that’s where the Sea Squirts PFD with its flexible fish fin comes in. So suit ‘em up for added peace of mind and let their imaginations run wild!

The experts agree!

“The Sea Squirts PFD is simply the best flotation device on the market for a child”Mario Vittone, former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer and learn to swim expert.

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What parents are saying:

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We sent samples of our Sea Squirts PFD around the country to real parents, here’s what they had to say about it:

“Talon could not wait to hit the beach in his blue Sea Squirts PFD. Honestly; he spent the first two days wearing it around the house, chasing his sisters because he loved it so much! While he thinks he’s pretty cool with his fins, I’m happy to know he’s safe near the water!” – Stacey, thesimplemoms.com

“We bought a life jacket for him before our day trip to Destin, but he did not like it…it almost seemed like he felt he was being smothered in it. With the Sea Squirts life jacket, he has plenty of room around his neck to feel comfortable, while still keeping him safe.” – Lynn, thephotographerswife.com