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8 Things You Need for an Awesome Marvel Pool Party

It’s been a great year for Marvel fans with the release of some great movies! If you’ve got kids who are Marvel fans, throw the coolest pool party around with these Marvel-themed pool products!

Pool Bops

SwimWays Marvel Pool Bob




Decorate the pool with 3 great Avengers characters with our Inflatable Pool Bops!

Hulk Punch


Start the festivities off right with some funky green Hulk Punch! As the kids are arriving with their parents, offer them a cup and let everyone mingle.

3-D Swim Vest

SwimWays Marvel 3-D Swim Vest


Once everyone is ready to get in the pool, allow the little ones to select the 3-D Swim Vest featuring their favorite Marvel character! Choose from Captain America, Iron Man or the Hulk!

Small/Medium size fits kids age 2-4. Medium/Large size fits kids age 4-6.


Water Whirl Squirter

SwimWays Marvel Character Water Whirl Squirter



The kids will have a blast surprising their friends by spraying them from up to 10 feet away with the Spider-man and Iron Man Water Whirl Squirters!

Dive Rings

SwimWays Marvel Character Dive Rings



Drive rings are a great way to get your kids excited about swimming underwater. If your kids have gone through swim training, throw the dive rings in and let them practice their underwater swimming skills to collect them! Ages 5+.

Avengers Pizza and Captain America Shield Snack Tray

Avengers Pizza






Blow everyone away with these easy, but impressive-looking, food items; Avengers Pizza and Captain America Shield Snack Tray!


Comic Book Float and Oversized Inflatable Shield Float

SwimWays Comic Book Float

SwimWays Oversized Inflatable Shield Float








Make some great memories for the party by taking a picture of your kid on one of these awesome Comic Book Floats or Oversized Inflatable Shield floats!

Iron Man Cookies

Iron Man Hand-Print Cookies



This Iron Man cookie idea couldn’t be better! Send the kids home with an awesome memento (even though the cookies probably won’t make it home)! You can even make this a craft that the kids participate in at the beginning of the party- letting each kid make their own hand-print!



If you decide to have a Marvel-themed Pool Party, we’d love to see some photos! Tag @SwimWays on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

SwimWays Swim Sweater

Water Exploration: Swim Step 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second 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!

Congratulations! If your child has completed the skills in Swim Step 1,  you’re ready to walk them through Swim Step 2! This step is about helping your child gain some independence and more confidence in the water. Here is where they’ll begin to paddle and kick, which are important building blocks for their future swim training.

Here’s a list of skills your child will be working on in SwimSteps 2: floating, kicking, splashing, and paddling! They’ll be building muscle coordination and balance in this step as well. At this stage, your child should be wearing a flotation aid, such as; Swim VestFloat Shorty or Swim Sweater. (Please note that our Swim Steps flotation aids aren’t life-saving devices and are only meant for swim training. We do however, have kids PFD life vests here!)

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.

1. Touch Supervision

Swim Step 2- SwimWays Swim Sweater


It’s very important that you stay within arm’s reach of your child (known as Touch Supervision) while they continue to explore the water in this step. This will help to build trust and security in the pool, as well as gain some independence.

2. Fun + Instruction

Swim Step 2- SwimWays Pick Me Up Pelican


Combine your little one’s swim training with time spent with a swim instructor and time directed at having fun in the pool. You can even use floating pool toys such as Pick Me Up Pelican. Place the floating toys around the pool and as your child begins to swim over to collect them, they’ll be developing hand-eye coordination, balance, and confidence! But remember to stay within arm’s reach of your child.

3. Breath Control

Swim Step 2- Finding Dory Swim Goggles


Breath control is the next step, and a great way to do this is by using games. Lower and raise a toy above and below the surface of the water. Make sure they also have goggles to keep water out of their eyes.

After you’re child has completed these skill sets, and is between the ages of 4-6, they’ll be ready for Swim Step 3!

Be sure to take a look at the video on Swim Step 2 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.