10 Water Safety Tips Everyone Should Know!

  1. Ensure everyone in your family can swim well. A quick google search is all it takes to find swim lessons near you. Until they’re experienced, make sure all swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water.41130P_160_act
  2. Use the buddy system! Never let anyone swim alone. Swimming is more fun with a friend anyways!
  3. Post “family pool rules” and make sure everyone knows what they are. There are great lists to get you started!
  4. Make sure at least one responsible adult is designated to supervise kids at all times around water – even if lifeguards are present.
  5. Prevent unsupervised access to the water – restrict access to the pool with safety covers and barriers and make sure kids ask if it’s ok before going swimming.
  6. If you have a home pool, make sure to maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Improper chemical levels can increase the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
  7. Protect your whole body – make sure to wear sunscreen whenever you’re out in the sun (even if you “never burn”) and drink plenty of water.
  8. Be aware of how different the beach is from the pool, like the presence of rip currents. If you’re caught in a rip current, stay calm. Swim parallel to the shore and once you are free, turn and swim toward the beach.
  9. Keep a lookout for aquatic life – water plants and animals can be dangerous. Dark blue and purple flags mean dangerous marine life like sharks and jellyfish.
  10. There are two things you should always have nearby while swimming – a cell phone and a first-aid kit. Better to be safe than sorry!

Are you a water safety expert? Take the American Red Cross safety quiz to find out!

The American Red Cross and Blue Haven Pools & Spas have tons of extra tips! And check out our other guides to boat safety, the beach, and even the off-season for more information.

Spring into Pool Season with the Original Spring Float!

The Spring Float is a Swimways original and a “must-have” for pool season!

Why do you need a Spring Float in your pool this season?

1. Patented Inner Spring

Invented by our founder, SwimWays Spring Floats are the only floats on the market with a patented inner spring. What’s so great about the spring and why would you want one?

The Spring Float will always be there to support you.

The inner spring is sewn into the soft fabric outer ring, adding stability and comfort without ever poking and prodding like other spring-loaded products.

Spring Floats are your new travel buddies.

How to fold a Spring Float

How to fold a Spring Float

When folded as shown, the Spring Float twists into a compact ring, making this a great pool float for travel! Toss it in your luggage or pool bag and still have room to spare for all your travel necessities. With the Spring Float, you don’t have to ever leave home without it!


2. Perfect balance of warm sun & cool water

13004L_130_actAThe soft mesh hammock of the Spring Float keeps your body supported just under the water’s surface. With soft fabric covering and an over-sized inflatable pillow, we challenge you to find a more comfortable float!

Holds adults up to 250lbs!


3. Jet Valve Inflation

Tired of huffing and puffing just to inflate a pool float? With jet valve technology, inflation and deflation is fast and easy. You won’t need an air pump or lungs of steel to inflate this float!

4. Styles for the whole family!

Available in a range of colors and with patterns like Star Wars and palm trees, there’s something for everyone! We also have spring floats specifically made for dogs, babies, and kids! From our deluxe best-selling Spring Float Recliner to the deep Papasan, you can find the perfect Spring Float for your needs.


5. Available at a store near you!

The spring float line is available at Target, Walmart, and select outdoors, sports, and pool retailers across the country! Check out our store locator to find a retailer near you.

Take a peek at the whole Spring Float line!

Swimways and USA Swimming Foundation Dive into New Partnership to Help Children Learn to Swim on National Learn to Swim Day

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

National Learn to Swim Day 2016

See all the ways people celebrated learn to swim day around the world in our Storify post:


National Learn to Swim Day is an annual event that takes the third Saturday each May to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children how to swim to prevent drowning. Even though the official holiday is over, you can make any day learn to swim day by signing up for swim lessons, taking a water safety class, and many other ways! Visit our resources page on TeachMeToSwim.com for more ideas.


May the Fourth Star Wars Trivia Contest and Giveaway

Editor’s Note: The Star Wars Trivia Contest has ended. Thanks for everyone who participated!

Unless you’ve been stuck on the outer rim for a few decades, you’ll know that May the Fourth is the BIG DAY for Star Wars fans across the galaxy.

May we be the first to say, May the Fourth be with you!

In honor of international Star Wars awesomeness day, we’re hosting a trivia contest on May the Fourth for Star Wars fans with some great prizes. Read on for the details.

May the Fourth Star Wars Trivia Contest

Head on over to the SwimWays Facebook page to enter our Star Wars Trivia Contest on May 4! All you have to do is share your favorite piece of Star Wars trivia in the comments section of our contest post. Here’s what the post looks like:

May the Fourth Star Wars Trivia Contest

You can also enter by sharing your favorite piece of Star Wars trivia on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SwimWaysOfTheForce.

Share your trivia from 9AM EST – 11:59PM EST on May 4, 2016. The most number of likes on a shared piece of Star Wars trivia (across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) during the contest entry period wins the GRAND PRIZE:

  • One (1) Star Wars Millennium Falcon XL Ride-On, one (1) Star Wars Death Star Light-Up Beach Ball, one (1) Star Wars Dive Ships, and one (1) Star Wars Spring Float.
Star Wars Trivia Contest Grand Prize

Star Wars Trivia Contest Grand Prize

Two runners-up will also receive:

  • One (1) Star Wars Death Star Beach Ball and one (1) Star Wars Dive Ships

You can enter as many times as you want, but only one prize will be awarded per person. Winners will be announced on Facebook May 5.

Please read the official contest rules before entering!

20% Off Star Wars Swim Toys at Toys “R” Us

Stock up on Star Wars swim items at Toys “R” Us this week! From May 1-7, save 20% on Star Wars swim training items, including goggles, kickboards, swim vests, and dive toys.

More Star Wars Pool Toys

Visit the Star Wars pool toys shop at SwimWays.com to see all of our Star Wars toys.