Our company is passionate about its corporate partnership with the not-for-profit organization, Operation Smile, because they share our vision for making children smile.
Operation Smile is a wonderful organization that provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lip or cleft palate. After having partnered with them for the past 11 years, our company has helped provide over 7,361 new smiles to children all over the world!
This year, our company was given an amazing opportunity to select a Swimways employee to accompany their team on a trip to Puebla, Mexico to get a first-hand look at the amazing things Operation Smile does!
Swimways employee, Monica Jones, and her daughter, went on this trip. During the first two days, 174 children were screened for surgery. There are certain requirements for a child to be selected for surgery, such as: needing to be at least 3 months old. They also consider first time patients to be their #1 priority. (There are cases where children may need to go through more than one surgery.)
On day 3, the parents of over 100 children, were notified that their children would be getting the surgery on this trip!
Monica and her daughter spent much of the trip playing with the children while they were waiting. They brought four suitcases of toys for the kids to play with. These suitcases included: bubbles, coloring books, Matchbox cars, Gund bears (Gund was recently acquired by Spin Master, SwimWays’ parent company), and a collection of soccer gear that Monica’s daughter, Natalie, collected through a donation drive.
On day 4, Monica and her daughter, along with some of the other Operation Smile guests, had the opportunity to get a tour of a neighboring town, where they got the chance to see some of Mexico’s amazing sights!
Day 5 was the first day of surgeries. The doctors performed more than 100 surgeries over the course of five days. Monica was given the opportunity and privilege of handing one child back to his mother after surgery.
When asked about her experience on this trip in Mexico, Monica said, “You have a bigger perspective on the world.” She and her daughter will always remember this experience, where they got to see the lives of children changed. And now, every year a SwimWays employee will be given the opportunity to join Operation Smile on one of their trips. Along with Mexico, the organization travels to the Philippines, Ghana, Guatemala, China, and many others!
Pools are now open, so it’s time to gear up for some pool fun! Getting your kids off the couch and away from the controllers will be a breeze with our awesome SwimWays pool toys and floats! Take a look at these exciting products- most of which are brand new for 2018!
SwimWays Eaten Alive
Our Eaten Alive pool float line (available as a shark or crocodile) is bound to be a blast for you and your friends! Take entertaining selfies for Instagram or Snapchat with these inflatable carnivorous creatures!
Get #EatenAlive this summer and shop here!
SwimWays Spring Float SunCatcher
While similar to the original SwimWays Spring Float, the new Spring Float SunCatcher also comes with cup holders! Let the hammock-style float cradle you slightly below the surface for a relaxing, cooling afternoon in the sun!
Relax with the #SpringFloat SunCatcher and shop here!
SwimWays Spring Float Sol Seat
Relax while having the ability to chat with your friends in the Spring Float Sol Seat! This float is great for making conversation or keeping an eye on the kids as it helps you sit up comfortably with it’s cushy mesh seats and head rest! Then, pack it away in the included carry bag for great portability.
Relax with the #SpringFloat Sol Seat: shop here!
SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy and Baby Spring Float Animal Friends
Don’t forget about our Baby Spring Float Activity Center with Canopy (left) or Baby Spring Float Animal Friends (right)! Your little ones will have a blast splashing around in the pool with these interactive play floats!
The Activity Center with Canopy comes with an octopus or lobster and includes a squeaker fish, stacking rings, fish teether, and a soft touch star or shell! The Activity Center float is also part of our Swimways Swim Steps 1 program! Animal friends comes with a unicorn or dragon, and the inflatable head rotates 360 degrees!
Both of these floats have removable canopies and are for ages 9 – 24 months
Let your baby experience the water with #BabySpringFloat and shop here:
Enjoy watching your infant experience the water with the Infant Baby Spring Float with Sun Canopy! This float includes an adjustable 3-point harness, built-in handles for mom to hold onto, and a removable/adjustable UPF 50+ sun protection canopy!
For ages: 3 – 9 months (or until your infant attempts to climb out or sit up)
Let your baby experience the water with #BabySpringFloat and shop here!
The kids will have a blast with this new water-activated transforming pool toy! Place the pods in the water and they’ll watch in amazement as they turn into these amazing sea creatures (sharks and seahorses)!
For ages: 5+
Transform your kids summer with Aqualiens: Shop here!
SwimWays PAW Patrol Items
Chase and Skye can join in on the pool fun with these all new Paw Patrol swim gear and toys! We’ve got everything your kids need to be decked out in all things Paw Patrol for the pool! Your little ones can wear Paw Patrol 3-D Swimmies or the ( U.S. Coast Guard approved PDF) Swim Trainer Life Jacket as they play in the water. They can float around in the 3-D Swim Ring while the wind-up Paddlin Pups swim along beside! Or they’ll splash around and practice swim techniques with the Paw Patrol Kickboard and while the Paw Patrol Swim Googles or Character Masks keep the water out of their eyes!
Make a splash with Paw Patrol pool items this summer and shop here:
Show your Star Wars fandom with our brand new BB-8 float! You can take some great, shareable pictures with your friends and family, and BB-8!
Bring your pool experience to a whole new galaxy (far far away) and shop here!
Kelsyus Star Wars Bocce Ball, Bean Bag Toss, & Spring Slam
These awesome backyard games just became even MORE fun! Bring your family and friends together with Bocce Ball, Bean Bag Toss, OR Spring Slam- all with designs including the faces of your favorite Star Wars characters!
Bean bags are filled with pellets for critter and weather resistance. This also helps keep the bags from loosing weight over time.
Spring Slam is for ages 8+
Shop here to have fun with these Star Wars games this summer:
Sit back and relax this summer in the new Kelsyus Backpack Beach Canopy Chair! This chair is great for relaxing at the beach, enjoying an outdoor concert, or hanging out with friends at a BBQ! It’s got cup holders, a mesh seat, an adjustable headrest, and a 50 UPF sun protection canopy! Also, the canopy folds down into a bag that’s easy to carry!
Sit back and relax this summer in the Kelsyus Backpack Beach Canopy Chair: Shop here!
COOP Hydro Lacrosse
Bring lacrosse to the water! This is a great opportunity for young children, who aren’t ready to play with the larger lacrosse sticks, to learn the game- with the bonus of playing it in the water!
The COOP Super Skim now comes in a variety of vintage beach styles! Offering both quality AND style, these boards are made a with multi-layered cross laminate core with resin coating to help with longevity and better performance. It also comes with a traditional rocker design to help avoid nose digging.
Weight Capacity: 130 lbs
Ride into summer and shop here!
New designs are also available for the Super Pipe 41″! This durable, lightweight board includes a swim leash.
For intermediate or advanced riders who are 5′ – 6′ 2″ and weigh 120-190 lbs.
*Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-4? Help turn this tragedy around by teaching your kids to swim and practicing water safety with your family. Share this infographic online to help spread the word.
Join us for the 6th annual Swimways’ National Learn to Swim Day on Saturday, May 20th! Learn more at TeachMeToSwim.com.
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
See all the ways people celebrated learn to swim day around the world in our Storify post: