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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.

Steps to Swimming Success - Step 3

Steps to Swimming Success – Step 3

Learn to Swim Videos

This is the third in a series of three blog posts where we walk you through the steps to swimming success with your child. In the first blog post we talked about Swim Step 1 and making your child’s first time in the water comfortable and happy, in the second blog post we outlined Swim Step 2 and how you can help your toddler build water confidence by exploring the water. In our final blog post in this series we take a look at Swim Step 3 and how you can help your child ease into swimming on their own by using the appropriate tools and instruction. Former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer, Mario Vittone, joins us again as narrator. So let’s take a look at Swim Step 3 – Swim Training.  Continue reading

New SwimWays Products Coming Soon to a Store Near You

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.

Making a Swimming Difference, One Class at a Time

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.