“May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars Pool Party

Are you ready for #StarWarsDay?

Celebrate Star Wars Day with an AWESOME party your friends will never forget! We’ve got everything you need right here, from cool Star Wars-themed pool items to Star Wars-themed food that’ll blow your guests away! The great thing is, you can cater this party to any age- because kids AND adults both love Star Wars.

Appetizers with a Twist

Go all out! Set the mood by playing the Star Wars sound track and begin the afternoon with some light snacks like this party favorite that’s got a Star Wars twist!

Star Wars TIE Striker Mini Hot Dogs

 

Yard Game Tournament

As your guests continue to arrive and get to know one another, warm everyone up with a tournament featuring any combination of these awesome Star Wars yard games: Kelsyus Bocce Ball, Bean Bag Toss, and Spring Slam!

Kelsyus Star Wars Bocce Ball Kelsyus Star Wars Bean Bag Toss Kelsyus Star Wars Spring Slam

Pool Time!

Allow your guests the opportunity to go in the pool (if they prefer) during the tournament. Whether your guests prefer to relax or play in the pool, kids and adults will have a blast with these Star Wars pool items!

The Oversized BB-8 Inflatable Float AND Millenium Falcon Ride-On are enjoyable for guests big or small (ages 5+)! Take some great, shareable pictures and enjoy some relaxation as you or your guests float around the pool.

Swimways Star Wars Oversized BB-8 Inflatable FloatSwimways Star Wars Millennium Falcon Ride-On

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep the kids busy with the Lightsaber Dive Sticks, Dive Rings, and Light-Up Hydro Ball! Between swimming after the dive sticks/rings, the inevitable Lightsaber Dive Stick duels, and bouncing the ball across the water, they should stay quite preoccupied throughout the afternoon!

Swimways Star Wars Lightsaber Dive SticksSwimways Star Wars Dive Rings

 

Swimways Star Wars Light-Up Hydro Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars- Themed Dinner and Dessert

By now your guests should have worked up a good appetite! Keep the theme going by offering up Star Wars-themed party food favorites like this classic! You can find the recipe here: Death Star Pizza

Star Wars Death Star Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then for dessert you can plan something super simple like these clever Lightsaber popsicles! Creating these felt popsicle cozies even offers the added bonus of keeping fingers from freezing while eating this nostalgic snack!

Star Wars Lightsaber Popsicles

 

 

Time for more fun?

Keep the party going with the Death Star Light-Up Beach Ball OR the XXL Light-UP Beach Ball! Hook up a pool volleyball net, pick teams and enjoy tossing the beach ball around as it lights up!

Swimways Star Wars Death Star Light-Up Beach BallSwimways Star Wars Death Star XXL Light-Up Beach Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there’s your complete guide to a Star Wars pool party your family and friends will LOVE!

 Star Wars May the 4th Facebook Giveaway

Be sure to enter our Star Wars May the 4th Facebook giveaway contest to win some of these awesome Star Wars pool items and get you started on your own Star Wars pool party! The winner will receive a BB-8 Oversized Inflatable Float, Star Wars Light-up Beach Ball, and a set of Star Wars Lightsaber Dive Sticks! Head over to our official Facebook page to find out how to enter!

Please read the official rules before entering!

Save the Date for the 7th Annual Swimways National Learn to Swim Day on Saturday, May 19th

Save the date for the 7th annual Swimways National Learn to Swim Day on Saturday, May 19th!

We started National Learn to Swim Day seven years ago as part of water safety month to help raise awareness about the importance of learning to swim to help prevent childhood drowning*. Learn more about how you can get involved at the National Learn to Swim Day website, and get tips on how to host your own National Learn to Swim Day event.

*Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-4? Help turn this tragedy around by teaching your kids to swim and practicing water safety with your family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Father’s Day Gifts for Outdoor Summer Lounging

If your dad is more likely to enjoy the great outdoors in a leisurely fashion, we’ve got 5 Father’s Day gifts he’s going to love!

1. SwimWays Spring Float Recliner XL

Spring Float Recliner XLThe Spring Float Recliner XL is 20% bigger than our original Spring Float Recliner. Dad will love the comfort and convenience of the backrest, ottoman, and cupholder and the roomy mesh seat will keep him cool on hot summer days. The inner spring provides added stability in the water – great for keeping his float in place even when the kids are making waves in the pool. When not in use the Spring Float Recliner XL folds flat into three compact rings. Supports adults up to 300 pounds.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

2. Kelsyus Big Nauti 4-Person Party Float

Kelsyus Big Nauti 4-Person Party Pool FloatIf dad is a lake enthusiast, the Kelsyus Big Nauti float is a must-have for the season! This 4-person party float features a durable fabric cover, beefy inflation, and backrests, ottomans, spacious seating areas and 8 cup holders for 4 adults. Includes side clips for tethering, two carry handles, and quick-release valves for hassle-free set-up and portability. Storage bag included.

Available for purchase at Bass Pro Shops.

3. Kelsyus Floating Chaise Lounger

Kelsyus Floating Chaise LoungerThe Kelsyus Floating Chaise Lounger is another great pool lounger dad will love! The Floating Chaise Lounger features an inner spring for stability, fabric cover and mesh seat, plus a super soft oversized backrest, ottoman, and cup holder. Fold it up into three compact rings for easy storage in the reusable tote bag. Supports adults up to 250 pounds.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

4. Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair

Kelsyus Original Canopy ChairDad will love the all-around awesome Kelsyus Original Canopy Chair! Perfect for any outdoor event, the convenient canopy on this portable camping chair provides 50+ UPF sun protection, is water resistant, and converts into a carry bag when dad is ready to head home. The sturdy powder-coated frame supports adults up to 250 pounds and the breathable mesh seat with a rounded front will keep dad comfortable and happy for hours. Includes a cup holder with O-ring for added stability. Also available in styles with an ottoman, bug net, and weather guard. Available at

Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Amazon, and Target.com.

5. Marvel Comic Book Floats

Marvel Comic Book Floats - Captain AmericaIf your dad is a Marvel fan, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to give him a piece of classic nostalgia he can also enjoy at the pool! Our Marvel Comic Book Floats feature graphics from real Marvel Comic Group covers:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #186, “Chaos Is… The Chameleon!”
  • The Invincible Iron Man #126, “The Hammer Strikes!”
  • Captain America #193, “Screamer in the Brain”

Of course, if dad is a collector, he may never open the box!

Available for purchase at Amazon.

Happy Father’s Day from all of us at SwimWays!

Swim Step 3: Teaching Kids to Swim

Editor’s Note: This is the third post in our three-part series focused on teaching kids 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!


After introducing your child to the pool, watching them explore the water and gain confidence, the time has finally arrived to start swim training! You may choose to enroll your child in formal swim lessons right away or begin with some exercises at home or use a combination of both methods for a balanced approach.

At this stage, your child will start testing their limits of what they can do, so it’s important to remember to stay within arms reach of your child and remind them that they should never be in the water without an adult who knows how to swim.

Formal Swim Lessons

If you are going the route of formal swim lessons, a great place to start your search for a swim instructor is using the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Local Partners. Additional swim lesson providers include the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and your local YMCA.

An experienced swim instructor can be an excellent partner in your child’s learning to swim journey, and group classes can help your child gain confidence along with their peers, particularly for children four and older. (Further Reading: Choosing a Formal Swim Instructor by Mario Vittone)

Swim Training Aids

Power SwimrFor teaching kids at home, you may wish to use a flotation aid such as the SwimWays Power Swimr swim vest. (There are differing opinions about the use of flotation aids in swim lessons, so we recommend reading more about this subject before you decide what’s best for your child.)

Power Swimr flotation padsThe SwimWays Power Swimr is a graduated swim trainer that includes 9 removable inner flotation pads inside (5 in the back and 4 in the front.)

As your child gains confidence and skill, remove the pads one at a time to gradually move your child into a proper forward swimming position.

Graduated swim trainers enable your child to learn at his or her own pace. It’s helpful to think of the Power Swimr like training wheels for the pool.

Power Swimr graduated swim training system

Important note: If you are heading to a community pool or club to practice swimming with your child, check to see if there are any restrictions on flotation aids. Some pools require a Coast Guard-approved device such as our Swim Trainer PFD.

Tips from Our Swimming Expert

Watch this video to see some swim training tips in action!

If your kids are learning to swim this summer, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and share your experience with us and other parents! Connect with our Swim Steps ambassadors who are also teaching their kids to swim this summer too.