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Make Summer Snappable with New Products from SwimWays

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!
Ages: 5+
Get #EatenAlive this summer and shop here!

Eaten Alive Float

 

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!
Ages: 15+
Relax with the #SpringFloat SunCatcher and shop here!

SwimWays Spring Float SunCatcher

 

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.
Ages: 15+
Relax with the #SpringFloat Sol Seat: shop here!

Spring Float Sol Seat

 

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:

SwimWays Baby Spring Float Activity Center with CanopySwimWays Animal Friends

SwimWays Infant Baby Spring Float with Sun Canopy

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!

SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy for Infants

 

SwimWays Aqualiens

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 Aqualiens

 

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:

SwimWays Paw Patrol Paddlin PupsSwimWays Paw Patrol 3-D Swim RingSwimWays Paw Patrol 3-D SwimmiesSwimWays Paw Patrol Swim Trainer Life JacketSwimWays Paw Patrol Swim Goggles  SwimWays Paw Patrol Character Masks

SwimWays BB-8 Oversized Inflatable Float

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!
Ages: 5+
Bring your pool experience to a whole new galaxy (far far away) and shop here!

SwimWays BB-8 Oversized Inflatable Float

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:

Kelsyus Star Wars Bocce BallKelsyus Star Wars Spring Slam

 Kelsyus Star Wars Bean Bag Toss

Kelsyus Backpack Beach Canopy Chair

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!

Kelsyus Backpack Beach Canopy Chair

 

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!

For ages 5+
Shop here!

COOP Hydro Lacrosse

COOP Skim boards

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!

COOP Super Skim

 

COOP Bodyboards

New designs are also available for the Super Pipe 41″! This durable, lightweight board includes a swim leash.

Ages: 8+
For intermediate or advanced riders who are 5′ – 6′ 2″ and weigh 120-190 lbs.

Ride into summer and shop here!

COOP Super Pipe 41"

Your Guide to a Fantastic Backyard BBQ

So you’re having a backyard BBQ for your friends and neighbors? Here’s all you need to make it great!

1. Comfort

The issue of “not having enough chairs” usually comes up at most get-togethers. So if you want to be sure all your guests are comfortable and have a place to sit, you may want to have a few spares sitting around. If you want to go the extra mile, have a selection available, as some guests might prefer a classic chair with a canopy, others may like to put their feet up, another might prefer a bug net (there is always one guest who freaks when bugs touch their food, and it’s usually me!), or you might need one just the right size for kids! One way or another, make sure you’re guests all have a place to sit to enjoy your food and company!

Original Canopy Chair With Ottoman Original Canopy Chair

 

 

Original Canopy Chair With Bug GuardKids Canopy Chair

2. Food

You can find burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, steak, or BBQ sandwiches at just about any backyard barbecue you go to. You’ll typically see sodas, chips, corn on the cob, baked beans, coleslaw, and potato salad as well.

Since these are dishes people will expect to find at a barbecue, you may want to include some of those familiar items, but you can also try some items that are a little different too!  Here are some foods that are super easy to make, and will really get your guest’s attention- making your party stand out among the rest. This arrangement screams summertime- Sparkling Pineapple Strawberry Punch, Red White and Blue Mason Jar Salad, and Bacon Pineapple Chicken Kabobs!

Sparkling Pineapple Strawberry Punch

Red White and Blue Mason Jar Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bacon Pineapple Chicken Kabob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Games

Break out some great, backyard games like Ladder Ball, Badminton or Volleyball, Bocce Ball, and Bean Bag Toss! Each of these games require sets of teams, ensuring there is something for everybody to play and a little friendly competition!
Kelsyus Ladder Ball Kelsyus Premium Badminton/Volleyball Combo

Kelsyus Bocce Ball Kelsyus Premium Bean Bag Toss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Have a pool?

Kelsyus Floating Pong

 

If you have a pool, another great game to include is Kelsyus Floating Pong! Fill the cups with punch or water and toss the ball into the cup!

You can even create a combination of these backyard games to make a full-blown tournament if you’re feeling competitive!

 

 5. Grand Finale

S’mores is a classic way to go for an outdoor dessert. But you may not have the ability to set up a campfire in your backyard, and holding marshmallows over the grill might not be a sensible option for you if you have a large number of guests. Even if you simply want to try something different, we’ve got you covered with an awesome snack-movie combo! Set up a really easy DIY movie screen in the backyard and enjoy while snacking on a Strawberry Brownie Kabob!

DIY Backyard Movie Screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim Step 3: Swim Training

Editor’s Note: This is the third post in our three-part series focused on teaching children to swim with the SwimWays Swim Steps program. The steps include Swim Step 1: Water IntroductionSwim Step 2: Water Exploration, and Swim Step 3: Swim Training. Swim along with us and teach your child the skills of a lifetime!

They grow up so fast, don’t they? If you’re reading this, your child should have the skills from swim steps 1 and 2 down, and they should be between the ages of 4-6! Here, they’ll begin using kickboards and start to learn paddle-like strokes while wearing flotation devices! Remember, they are still learning, so be sure that you, or another responsible adult continues to be with them and available to help while they are in the water.

There are so many positive effects of teaching your children to swim at an early age. Studies show that children who are taught to swim by the age of 5 have increased confidence, are ahead in their cognitive and physical development and are more likely to have higher IQ’s (due to an early exposure to sensory and motor stimuli in the water). Learning this skill by this age can also help in developing math skills. Finally, better oral expression and social skills are also wonderful benefits of swimming.

 

During your child’s Swim Step 3 training, they should continue wearing swim training flotation aids like the Sea Squirt Swim Trainer Life Jacket or Power Swimr. These wearable flotation devices help them stay in well-balanced swimming positions and they’re easily adjustable.

 

These vests help them to use their arms and kick their legs- training them to develop coordination for independent movement in the water.

As your child progresses, and continues to wear the Power Swimr or Sea Squirts Swim Assist Vest, you can begin to take 1 of the 9 flotation pads out at a time.

Make sure you continue to encourage and be patient with them as they are still learning. Also, remind them never to swim without proper supervision.

A great swim training practice is to allow your child to stand where their toes can just touch the bottom of the pool. Then, tell them to try to use their arms and legs to spin around in a circle.

Another great technique is to begin to back away as your child swims (even using the doggie-paddle method) toward you. This gives them the opportunity to control where and how they get around the pool.

Consider signing them up for organized swim lessons. These are great for children (particularly those 4+), as it encourages confidence and can further their love of spending time in the water! The USA Swim Foundation is a great resource for finding swim lessons for your child. Make sure to check with your child’s swim instructor on the requirements for swim training equipment before he or she starts their swimming lessons. Some instructors may require U.S. Coast Guard Approved swim gear such as the Sea Squirts Swim Trainer Life Jackets.

Be sure to take a look at the video on Swim Step 3 training. And don’t forget to use your other resources: Review the American Red Cross water safety checklist and visit our resources page on TeachMeToSwim.com.

SwimWays Swim Sweater

Water Exploration: Swim Step 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second post in our three-part series focused on teaching children to swim with the SwimWays Swim Steps program. The steps include Swim Step 1: Water Introduction, Swim Step 2: Water Exploration, and Swim Step 3: Swim Training. Swim along with us and teach your child the skills of a lifetime!

Congratulations! If your child has completed the skills in Swim Step 1,  you’re ready to walk them through Swim Step 2! This step is about helping your child gain some independence and more confidence in the water. Here is where they’ll begin to paddle and kick, which are important building blocks for their future swim training.

Here’s a list of skills your child will be working on in SwimSteps 2: floating, kicking, splashing, and paddling! They’ll be building muscle coordination and balance in this step as well. At this stage, your child should be wearing a flotation aid, such as; Swim VestFloat Shorty or Swim Sweater. (Please note that our Swim Steps flotation aids aren’t life-saving devices and are only meant for swim training. We do however, have kids PFD life vests here!)

There are so many positive effects of teaching your children to swim at an early age. Studies show that children who are taught to swim by the age of 5 have increased confidence, are ahead in their cognitive and physical development and are more likely to have higher IQ’s (due to an early exposure to sensory and motor stimuli in the water). Learning this skill by this age can also help in developing math skills. Finally, better oral expression and social skills are also wonderful benefits of swimming.

1. Touch Supervision

Swim Step 2- SwimWays Swim Sweater

 

It’s very important that you stay within arm’s reach of your child (known as Touch Supervision) while they continue to explore the water in this step. This will help to build trust and security in the pool, as well as gain some independence.

2. Fun + Instruction

Swim Step 2- SwimWays Pick Me Up Pelican

 

Combine your little one’s swim training with time spent with a swim instructor and time directed at having fun in the pool. You can even use floating pool toys such as Pick Me Up Pelican. Place the floating toys around the pool and as your child begins to swim over to collect them, they’ll be developing hand-eye coordination, balance, and confidence! But remember to stay within arm’s reach of your child.

3. Breath Control

Swim Step 2- Finding Dory Swim Goggles

 

Breath control is the next step, and a great way to do this is by using games. Lower and raise a toy above and below the surface of the water. Make sure they also have goggles to keep water out of their eyes.

After you’re child has completed these skill sets, and is between the ages of 4-6, they’ll be ready for Swim Step 3!

Be sure to take a look at the video on Swim Step 2 training. And don’t forget to use your other resources: review the American Red Cross water safety checklist and visit our resources page on TeachMeToSwim.com.