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!
From the editor: What do you pack so the kids have fun in the water on you next vacation? Be it for spring break or your annual summer holiday, our relaxation blogger Tracy Kunzler has suggestions for all ages.
Why not introduce the smallest family members to the water in a fun way! A baby float with an adjustable canopy helps keep baby from getting sunburned, buy one with a play area for toys and splashing like the Baby Spring Float. Don’t forget to choose a float that folds up quickly and easily for storage, so it takes up very little space in your suitcase!
For Toddlers and Preschoolers
For little kids, around 2-4 years old, who are ready to explore the water with a little more confidence a swim vest or swim sweater will help them get started! The best flotation vests keep kids stable and their faces a comfortable distance from the water, some even offer sun sleeves for add extra sun protection. The SwimWays Swim Sweater has nothing between the legs to pinch and bind or get in the way of potty-training. Deflated, it takes up very little room in your suitcase. Inflated, it can help protect treasured souvenirs in your suitcase on the trip back home!
For Older Kids
The Power Swimr System, dubbed “training wheels for the pool,” gives kids freedom of movement while keeping them in proper swimming position as they gain the skills and confidence needed to swim unaided. When choosing a swim training vest for your child, look for one that offers internal flotation pads you can remove one at a time as your child progresses at his or her pace. The Power Swimr has 9 flotation pads that can be removed one at a time as your child gains confidence in the water.
Check out the links below for more of Tracy’s series on spring break travel and packing tips!
Create Memories That Last a Lifetime with These New SwimWays Products
We’re so excited to share our new products and some of our new styles with you for 2014! At SwimWays®, we’re always looking for ways to bring more fun to the pool, making sure your happy place is the most water-full imaginable. In addition to most of our products being available to purchase in our online store, you’ll also find us at your favorite retailers, click here to find out where to buy our products.
So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and check our what we have lined up for you this year!
Our Swim Steps Line of Products Keeps Getting Better!
The Swim Steps line of products includes items that not only help parents and guardians introduce children to the water, but we also have some great swim training tools in there too. This year we bring you Baby Spring Float Animal Friends™ featuring amazingly cute animal character heads for added interactive fun, and introducing the Kick Trainer™, a full-size EVA foam kick board with a high-performance design and a textured, molded surface that’s easy to hold onto.
The brightly colored, super cute, and totally huggable animal heads twist and turn 360º for added interactive fun as baby floats in the water.
This inflatable pool float has fabric covered inflation for durability and comfort. A lower center of gravity, safety valves and separate air chambers ensure security and stability.
The removable, two-position canopy offers added shade, and the mesh sides of the canopy ensure baby is visible at all times. Ultra-portable, the Baby Spring Float folds easily into the included carry bag for storage.
The Baby Spring Float is a wonderful baby shower gift idea; giving parents the opportunity to bond with their child in the water as he or she grows. SwimWays Swim Step 1 supports young children as they are introduced to the water, helping them stay comfortable and happy.
This full-size EVA foam kickboard is built to last and the high-performance design features a sleek hydrodynamic nose. The textured, molded surface is soft on children’s skin for maximum comfort.
Ready, set, kick! The SwimWays Kick Trainer kickboard is great for gliding and racing through the water. An excellent swim training tool, these children’s kickboards are great for swim lessons, and an ideal training tool for developing proper kicking skills and building leg strength.
Pool Noodles Made in the USA
In 2013 we started to make noodles right here in the USA at our Virginia Beach, VA headquarters! Our pool noodles come in two different sizes: Swim Noodles™ (55″ long and 2 3/8″ diameter) and Super Swim Noodles™ (55″ long and 3 1/4″ diameter). We’ve also developed a full line of accessories for our noodles, including the Noodle Head Shooter™ water squirter attachment, the Noodle Sling™ fabric attachment to create a floating chair from a noodle, and Noodle Loops™ so kids can make water rafts and floats from their own collection of noodles.
It’s simply not summer without a noodle! SwimWays Swim Noodles bring the party to the pool!
These soft floating foam noodles provide additional buoyancy when in the water. Great for learning to swim – and most importantly, fun! Swimmers of all ages will love using these colorful noodles for pool games or extra flotation.
Make a monster ride-on with the SwimWays Noodle Head Shooter! Shoots water up to 10 feet!
These cute, colorful and textured characters are made of flexible PVC heads, simply attach them to a SwimWays Super Swim Noodle and you’re ready for some water blasting fun! To get some awesome squirting action – squeeze the Noodle Head Shooter underwater to draw in water, squeeze it again above the water surface to squirt. Choose from one of the three styles, or collect them all!
It’s the best seat in the pool – just add a noodle! Have lots of noodles and looking for a more affordable and convenient way to float? Create your own personal floating chair with the SwimWays Noodle Sling – all it needs is a noodle! Simply thread through the noodle-width holes to create the perfect floating seat – it’s new way to float – simply sit and drift! Relax on the soft, soothing mesh and enjoy the comfort of the fabric-covered sleeve. No inflation needed!
Our Pool Floats Allow You to Relax in Perfect Harmony with the Water
Our new premium pool float for 2014 is the Aquagami™, it provides a cool way to float with no inflation required. Comfortable and buoyant, this accordion-style float instantly unfolds when you’re ready to relax. Our Spring Float® line of products have also been refreshed for 2014 with new colors and graphic prints influenced by this seasons hottest trends.
Wild and Wacky Water Toys
We have just about everything kids need to soak up some serious summer fun! Watch the water go in all directions, soaking friends and family members with the new Squiggle Squirter™ and Pinwheel Squirter™. Colorful and flexible new dive toys like SquiDivers™ and Fish Styx™ will have kids everywhere diving to new depths, for lots of speedy, motorized fun Boatz™ water toys are great for the pool or bathtub, and the super squishy feeling Squid Disk™ will make a huge splash at the pool this summer.
To use this crazy water shooter, dip the fish head underwater and draw back the pump handle to fill the water reservoir. When done, lift the fish above the water and push up the handle to squirt. Get ready to get soaked!
The Pinwheel TWIRLS! The Water WHIRLS! Fill the SwimWays Pinwheel Squirter by dipping the pinwheel underwater and draw back the handle to fill the water reservoir, then lift the pinwheel above the water and push on the handle to squirt.
SwimWays SquiDivers are the original soft and flexible learn to swim toys. SquiDivers wiggle, jiggle, and giggle their way to the bottom of the pool landing nose down, the soft, flexible tentacles float upright making these dive toys easy to grab for kids, or more advanced swimmers can use their fingers to grab the dive toy by the nose.
Watch the water fly in all directions and power the pinwheel as it twirls! A great way to cool-off, kids will love this wet and wild water toy during those hot summer months.
Get ready for wacky, water-full fun with the SwimWays Squiggle Squirter! These cute and colorful crazy fish are a liquid launcher in disguise! Experience a surprise with every spray, watch the flexible tubes send water in all directions – who knows who will get wet next?!
Each SquiDiver in the package has a number assigned for score based games. Check out swimways.com/squidivers for 8 great underwater SquiDivers pool games. Three SquiDivers per package.
Watch SwimWays Fish Styx wiggle as they sink to the bottom of the pool.
SwimWays Boatz are motorized pool toys you can race and chase in the water. Perfect for active imaginations, best buddies Streak and Subby go on a water-full high-speed adventure, coming to life in a child’s watery world, making them perfect pals for preschoolers learning to swim.
Let the fun fly with the SwimWays Squid Disk! This squishy, funny feeling, water toy is all you need for hours of soaking fun! Simply dunk the Squid Disk underwater to saturate, then launch it!
Learning to Love the Water with Preschoolers
Some little kids might not like getting completely soaked like their older brothers and sisters, so we have a couple of alternatives that make water exploration more fun as they build confidence. Sea Squirters™ are cute water shooters available in three friendly styles: alligator, hippo and sea turtle. We’ve also refreshed the style of our popular Gobble Gobble Guppies™ to an Orca. The included floating guppies are numbered 1-5 for an added educational experience to a fun catch ‘em game!
This little guy isn’t new, but we’ve given him a new Orca style for 2014! Yum! Yum! Preschoolers can catch, count and learn their colors with the SwimWays Gobble Gobble Guppies Orca whale. This hungry whale has one thing on his mind and on the menu – guppies!
Watch out for this water surprise! SwimWays Sea Squirters are adorable animals with a watery surprise in store!
Children squeeze the trigger to open his mouth, then try to gobble up all the little guppies as they float on the water’s surface as fast as they can. Each colorful guppy is numbered 1-5 for an added educational experience to a fun catch ‘em game.
Squeeze the handle on the cute and colorful characters tail to squirt water up to 10 feet from the character’s mouth. To fill squirter: Turn cap counter clockwise on belly to open. Fill reservoir with clean, fresh water. Replace cap and tighten by turning clockwise.
Swim Goggles and Gear for Your Entire Family!
We’re passionate about helping you create a water-full life for you and your family! So we developed a line of swimming goggles and swim masks and snorkels so you can have more fun in the water – whether swim training, competing or for general recreation. These colorful goggles and masks for children, teens and adults are available in different sizes and styles with a soft water-tight seal, easy-adjust head strap and latex-free construction. Our top pick is Gogglemates™, ouch-free swim goggles with a specially integrated neoprene strap that doesn’t get caught in children’s hair. The best thing about Gogglemates is that they float, making them easier to grab for beginning swimmers.
SwimWays Gogglemates swim goggles are ouch-free! These bright, colorful goggles have a specially integrated neoprene strap, so they don’t get caught in children’s hair. The soft strap with on trend graphics eliminates hair pulling making the goggles easier to put on and take off. These floating goggles are easy to retrieve – no sinking!
SwimWays Fish Face Marlin Pro swim goggles give you the best underwater view available! These pro-style swim goggles allow you to have more fun in the water – whether you’re training for your next big event, competing, or for general recreation. The two included interchangeable nose pieces ensure a custom fit and the soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so your performance goes uninterrupted above and below the surface. The easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy – so you can dive right in! Latex-free. Ages: 12+
SwimWays Fish Face Dolphin swim goggles give kids the best underwater view available! These bright, colorful goggles were developed so kids can have more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to swim or already diving to collect underwater treasures. The soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so below and above surface play goes uninterrupted and the easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy for kids and parents. Latex-free. Ages: 6-12
SwimWays Fish Face Guppy swim goggles give kids the best underwater view available! These bright, colorful goggles were developed so kids can have more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to swim or already diving to collect underwater treasures. The soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so below and above surface play goes uninterrupted and the easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy for kids and parents. Latex-free. Ages: 3-8
SwimWays Fish Face Tarpon Trainer swim goggles give kids the best underwater view available! This 3-pack of bright, colorful goggles were developed so kids can have more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to swim or already diving to collect underwater treasures. The soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so below and above surface play goes uninterrupted and the easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy for kids and parents. Latex-free. Three goggles per pack. Ages: 3-8
SwimWays Diver Down Masks make cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows for even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks made from high-quality materials have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. Latex-free. Ages: 12+
SwimWays Diver Down Masks make cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows kids to have even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks made from high-quality materials have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. Latex-free. Ages: 5-12
The SwimWays Diver Down Mask and Snorkel set makes cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows kids to have even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks and snorkels are made from high-quality materials, have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. The kid-sized snorkel mouthpiece is BPA-free, so you can both breathe easier. Latex-free. Ages: 5-12
The SwimWays Expedition Mask and Snorkel set makes cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows kids to have even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks and snorkels are made from high-quality materials, have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. Breathe easier with the BPA-free snorkel mouthpiece. Latex-free.
A Little Something for Fido
There are a lot of proud dog owners at SwimWays, sporting our newest dog product the Sea Squirts Doggie Vest™, this little cutie is owned by one of our Product Integrity team members. This dog swim vest with shark fin provides full-body flotation, supporting your pet in and around the water and the cute flexible fin and grab handle on the back allow for quick and easy pup retrieval.
A Fin-Tastic swim aid for your four-legged friend! At SwimWays we want to share our water-full experiences with our beloved canine friends, so we developed the Sea Squirts Doggie Vest, a fun and functional swim jacket specially designed for dogs so Fido can join you in the water with style.
Full-body flotation supports your pet in and around the water, the flexible (and cute!) dorsal fin and handle on the back allow for quick control of your pup, and there’s also a metal d-ring so you can easily connect a leash. Boost your dog’s confidence and make him the center of attention with our stylish swim vest made of heavy-duty fabric.
What do you think of our line up coming to stores this Spring? Comment below if you have questions about product features and we’ll be happy to answer them here.
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
Shredz snowboarding action figures actually ride the mountain!
Each action figure comes with his own snowboard and helmet (helmet not shown in this image)
The Track Maker is an additional accessory that allows children to sculpt slopes for their Shredz action figures
Xtreme Terrain Park Trick Set and Big Air Jump accessories allow children to build an awesome terrain track for the best tricks and jumps!
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
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
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!
A personal flotation device just for kids – US Coast Guard Approved Type III PFD
The cute dorsal fin is flexible and bends when children sit back for comfort
Multiple colors to match their style
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!
Pooligans are sweet huggable plush toys for in and out of the water
They provide buoyant flotation and quick-dry outer fabric and stuffing
Four fun character styles: Penguin, Polar Bear, Pink Dolphin and Blue Shark
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.