New water toys and pool floats for lots of water-full fun!
We have many awesome new pool products this year! We’ve also updated the styles of some of our existing products for a more contemporary look. Read on to learn more about our 2015 offerings and get a sneak peek of what you’ll find in stores this spring and summer. Continue reading →
We love Halloween at Swimways! If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen the lengths we go to as a company each year to create our costumes. Our contest this year is next Friday, so stay tuned to our social media channels and we will share the fun with you!
Each year we throw a fun and creative Halloween costume contest that gets very competitive. Some employees team up with others in their department and a brave few go out on their own. Costumes are kept top secret, and on the days leading up to the contest we witness our colleagues stealthily bringing in overstuffed bags and hauling mysteriously covered objects into the office.
Here’s a look back at some of our favorite Swimways Halloween contest costumes from the last few years. Continue reading →
To celebrate the third annual National Learn to Swim Day on May 17th, we’re hosting a kids coloring contest during the month of May!
How to enter: Simply print one of the coloring pages from the Coloring Contest page on TeachMeToSwim.com for your child to color, or you can even let your kid create his or her very own masterpiece! Scan or take a picture of their work of art and submit it via our contest page on Facebook (click on the “Color and Win” tab.)
Judging and prizes: Three winners will be chosen from the drawings entered. Two will be chosen by our staff and the other by popular vote on Facebook. Each winner will receive a prize pack containing three items of their choice: One Swim Step item, one Toy, and one Spring Float!
For more information, to check out the prizes, and to read the official rules, click here.
From the editor: Relaxation AND play on your vacation are requirements. Our relaxation expert, Tracy Kunzler, has some water-full recommendations for kids and grown-ups. And if you’re anything like us, you’re always a kid at heart!
What to Pack for Relaxation
Yes, it’s great to explore new places, learn about different cultures and broaden our horizons while on vacation, but let’s face it. The most-cherishedpart of vacation is lollygagging, and its importance should not be overlooked. Many studies have shown lollygagging is good for your health. No one produces better best lollygagging-enhancing water products than SwimWays. As a professional lollygagger, when it comes to travel, I highly recommend packing the SwimWays Spring Float Papasan. Three really important facts about this baby:
It provides you with a really comfortable way to float and lollygag in the pool, lake or ocean.
It makes everyone around you envious that they don’t have their own Papasan, and…
It packs away so small, it takes up about the same amount of space as a Frisbee in your suitcase!
Just a head’s up: you’ll want to be sure to have one for each adult in your group so there’s no fighting over it.
What to Pack for Play
I think we can all agree outdoor play is important for children. It promotes fitness, hand-eye coordination, and vitamin D. Most importantly, it gets kids out of your hair for a few minutes. Following are some great toys that will keep your kids from pestering you – I mean happy and fit – on your family vacation.
Dive Toys – SwimWays Toypedo Bandits
Catch Games – COOP Hydro Catch
Swimming Toy Fish – SwimWays Rainbow Reef Guppies
Small dive toys like Toypedo Bandits are half the size of the popular Toypedo Original, and only take up 50% of the room in your suitcase while providing 100% of the fun. Suited for kids ages five and up, these colorful little dive sticks glide underwater up to 20 feet! Let kids use your empty plastic drink cups as underwater targets for a fun game even the adults will want to get in on.
Another suitcase friendly game that’s ideal for players of all ages and skill sets is simply… catch! Stick to the basics and pack a ball or step it up a little and get a catch game with water-friendly mitts like COOP Hydro Catch. The fuzzy ball is designed to easily cling to the water-friendly mitts, so players of all skill levels can enjoy. Whatever you choose, you’ll want to consider getting enough for your family, so everyone gets to play!
Swimming Toy Fish
When kids are just starting to get used to the water, swimming fish come in small sizes and will take up little room in your suitcase but provide lots of fun. Bright, colorful Rainbow Reef Guppies allow kids to simply pull the drawstring and delight in watching the fish “swim” on their own! No batteries required!
Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on spring break travel and packing tips!
Tracy Kunzler knows relaxing like no other! She has devoted her life to the field of relaxation and is incredibly disciplined in the subject. Tracy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she regularly relaxes and entertains beachside and at her backyard pool with husband Neil,their twin sons Cole and Duke (when not away at college), and their beloved mixed breed Bogie. Tracy’s Book