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

Pool Toys for Water Confidence

Mario Vittone - Water Safety Expert

Mario Vittone – Water Safety Expert

Water safety expert, Mario Vittone, has written a special feature article for our main website called Pool Toys for Water Confidence. Did you know that the best way to build confidence in the water is through play? In his article Mario explains how water fun helps children develop their swimming ability and build water confidence, he also gives some pointers on what pool toys to use to get started.

“Though I grew up on summer swim teams and went to more than my fair share of swim practices, I believe a great deal of my confidence and ability in the water was developed not when I was “learning” to swim – but rather when I was just playing in the water. I was learning how to be a better swimmer and didn’t even know it was happening.” - Mario Vittone

Click here to read the full feature article by Mario on SwimWays.com

How to Host a National Learn to Swim Day Event

National Learn to Swim DayNational Learn to Swim Day is on Saturday, May 18th. If you’re wondering how to celebrate, why not throw your own event? And if you can’t host it on Saturday – National Learn to Swim Day can be any day you want – there’s no time limit on learning to swim, we want learning to swim to be an everyday event! Where do you start? Check out these tips we put together for you:

CHOOSE & BOOK A VENUE

Contact your local public pool, community pool or YMCA and book a location for your event.

BRING IN THE EXPERTS

The following people and organizations have the tools and resources you need. Reach out and invite them to speak or perform a demon­stration at your event regarding learning to swim and water safety.

  • YMCA pool staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Swimming coach / instructors
  • Emergency Services

SPREAD THE WORD

Once you have your venue and suitable speakers it’s time to promote your event!

  • Use one of our event posters and place it in high traffic areas.
  • Email invitations to your friends and other contacts.
  • Create a Facebook event.
  • If an expert will be there, let people know! Having an expert attend will really help your event attendance. People are looking for expert advice.
  • Contact your local newspaper, tele­vision, or radio station for media coverage.
  • Let SwimWays know! We’ll be happy to share your event on our website or social media pages.
National Learn to Swim Day 2012

National Learn to Swim Day 2012

REFRESHMENTS

When you know how many people plan to attend your event, think about providing some food and drink. Keeping your attend­ees refreshed and nourished will ensure energy remains high throughout the day. Bottled water, chips, or trail mix will keep everyone happy. If you have the budget, have the event catered. Or even better, ask attendees to bring their favorite dish to share with others!

PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT

Whether it’s music, pool games, poolside games, or even coloring sheets – think of something for everyone so no one gets bored!

ESTABLISH SOME RULES

Make sure your attendees stay safe. At the start of your event, communicate the rules of the pool where your event is being hosted. Post rules around the area and make sure attendees follow them. If everyone follows the rules, the event will be fun and safe for all involved!

National Learn to Swim Day 2012

National Learn to Swim Day 2012

WHEN IT’S ALL OVER

Tell SwimWays about your event! We’d love to see your pictures and read your stories!

How are you celebrating National Learn to Swim Day?

There’s still time to enter the Swim Steps Giveaway. You have until 12:00 PM EST on Friday, May 17, 2013 for the chance to win one of three cute Swim Steps prize packs!