We hope you had an awesome weekend and celebrated National Learn to Swim Day with your family and friends! Memorial Day is coming up and that means outdoor pools across the U.S. will begin to open for summer. Are you prepared for your child’s first time in the water? If you’re looking for tips, click here to read 5 Tips for Your Child’s First Time in the Water on AltDaily.
Our Swim Team ambassadors and their families had a great summer in the water!
Did you know that tomorrow is the first day of fall? It’s hard to believe that summer is over. During the summer months our Swim Steps Swim Team ambassadors celebrated the warm weather with their families, from playing in the water to relaxing on a pool float. What was most important to us was that our ambassador friends took advantage of this opportunity to not only bond with their children, but to help their children become more confident in the water and teach them to swim.
Here are just some of our ambassador summer highlights for you to enjoy. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
With her brightly colored swim suit and equally sunny disposition, Leslie Paul stands poolside while she talks to the class about their upcoming lesson. Anxious to get started, the excited children quickly fall in line with their designated instructor and split off to different areas of the Windsor Oaks Pool for their third day of the week long swim training program. From the most timid of swimmers wearing fluorescent flotation devices, to confident splashers, each group is provided instruction based upon their level of comfort in the water.
Really Awesome People Swimming (RAPS) was founded by Leslie in 2007 after she found out about the high drowning rates amongst the minority population. The Hampton Roads, Virginia based organization teaches local children and teens who otherwise do not have the means to participate in swim lessons how to swim and to be safe while in, on or around the water. Leslie and her team of instructors passionately teach swimming and safety skills to children free of charge throughout the summer. Their goal is to ensure no child is left out when it comes to learning to swim due to lack of pool facilities, race or socioeconomic status.
Swimways Corp. supports Leslie and her team by donating swim training aids such as SwimWays water toys and pool noodles, and COOP waterproof balls and skateboard floats. In addition we also provide monetary support towards this worthy cause, enabling the RAPS team to ensure even more local children learn to swim.
Quick stats about RAPS:
- 346 children + 6 adults = 352 people served through the RAPS program in 2013
- 15 instructors with a combined total of 303 years of experience, and 1 lifeguard with 5 years of experience
- Total number of people served through the RAPS program since 2007 = 1,315
Did you know?**
- About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Making it the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.
- Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.
- Taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years.
- African-American children ages 5 to 14 drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers.
- Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.
For more information about this amazing program, or if you’d like to contribute to the cause, visit: reallyawesomepeopleswimming.org
** Sources: Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. CDC.