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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"

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.

Introduce Your Baby to the Pool : Swim Steps 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first 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!


National Learn to Swim Day is May 19th! Get your child ready for a summer of fun and staying cool by beginning the process of teaching them to swim! But before you do, take a look at some of these tips on how to give your baby the most positive learn to swim experience they can have!

Before you head to the pool, make sure you are fully aware of water safety practices. Review the American Red Cross water safety checklist and visit our resources page on TeachMeToSwim.com. Arming yourself with knowledge and a plan will help you to relax and feel more confident. If you are one of the many adults that did not learn to swim, sign yourself up for swim lessons before you get in the pool with your child. There are swim lesson courses available just for adults, and it’s never too late to learn.

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, oral expression and social skills can also be bettered as a result of swimming.

1. Don’t force it

Swim Step 1 is focused on getting your child comfortable with being in the water. It’s very important that your baby want to be there. If he/she doesn’t, you may choose to sit with them on the edge of the pool or a shallow step where they can play, or allow them to do so while staying within arm’s reach. Then, once they’ve warmed up to the idea, you can bring them into the water!   Baby testing the water

2. Getting used to the water

The phrase about dipping your toes into something, couldn’t be more applicable to getting your baby acclimated to the water. The next step is to allow them to dip their toes in. Consider splashing a little water onto their stomach, too!

3. Help your baby become comfortable

Now, you can place your child in one of our comfortable and secure Baby Spring Floats (for ages 9-24 months).

The Original Baby Spring Float is designed with a large circumference and an inner spring around the outside edge for stability. You and your baby will have a fun time as they experience the wonderful feeling of floating in the water for the first time!

What makes a SwimWays Baby Spring Float different from other brands?

  • Fabric-covered inflation and soft mesh seats keep babies comfortable in the water.
  • Dual air chambers and safety valves enhance security.
  • Large circumference and a patented inner spring around the outside edge of the float for added stability in the water.
  • Folds flat into three compact circles for easy portability in the included carry case.

 

 

Additional styles include baby floats with sun canopies, designs that allow parents and babies to float together, and baby floats with integrated toys.

 

Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy for Infants

 

 

 

The SwimWays Infant Baby Spring Float with Sun Canopy is a fabric-covered baby float for infants.  This float is for ages: 3 months – approximately 9 months (or until baby attempts to climb out or sit up).

4. Time for some more fun

Here comes the fun part! You’ll want to begin encouraging your child to splash around, and maybe even splash you so that they will correlate FUN with being in the water.

Baby Spring Float Activity Center

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to take a look at the video on Swim Step 1 training.

Note: Signing up for a Mommy and Me swim class is another great way to help get your child comfortable in the water.


*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. Share this infographic online to help spread the word.

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.