New Aqua Rider® Pool Noodles Tap into Kids’ Imaginations and Let Swimmers Ride on the Back of Aquatic Animals to Their Next Great Pool Adventure
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – July 23, 2014 – Swimways Corp., a leader in the pool and leisure products marketplace, announced today that it is acquiring the popular Aqua Rider, a patent pending pool noodle float that features the head and tail of colorful animal characters and built-in seat for easy riding. 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.
The brightly colored, super cute, and totally huggable animal heads twist and turn 360º for added interactive fun as baby floats in the water.
This inflatable pool float has fabric covered inflation for durability and comfort. A lower center of gravity, safety valves and separate air chambers ensure security and stability.
The removable, two-position canopy offers added shade, and the mesh sides of the canopy ensure baby is visible at all times. Ultra-portable, the Baby Spring Float folds easily into the included carry bag for storage.
The Baby Spring Float is a wonderful baby shower gift idea; giving parents the opportunity to bond with their child in the water as he or she grows. SwimWays Swim Step 1 supports young children as they are introduced to the water, helping them stay comfortable and happy.
This full-size EVA foam kickboard is built to last and the high-performance design features a sleek hydrodynamic nose. The textured, molded surface is soft on children’s skin for maximum comfort.
Ready, set, kick! The SwimWays Kick Trainer kickboard is great for gliding and racing through the water. An excellent swim training tool, these children’s kickboards are great for swim lessons, and an ideal training tool for developing proper kicking skills and building leg strength.
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.
It’s simply not summer without a noodle! SwimWays Swim Noodles bring the party to the pool!
These soft floating foam noodles provide additional buoyancy when in the water. Great for learning to swim – and most importantly, fun! Swimmers of all ages will love using these colorful noodles for pool games or extra flotation.
Make a monster ride-on with the SwimWays Noodle Head Shooter! Shoots water up to 10 feet!
These cute, colorful and textured characters are made of flexible PVC heads, simply attach them to a SwimWays Super Swim Noodle and you’re ready for some water blasting fun! To get some awesome squirting action – squeeze the Noodle Head Shooter underwater to draw in water, squeeze it again above the water surface to squirt. Choose from one of the three styles, or collect them all!
It’s the best seat in the pool – just add a noodle! Have lots of noodles and looking for a more affordable and convenient way to float? Create your own personal floating chair with the SwimWays Noodle Sling – all it needs is a noodle! Simply thread through the noodle-width holes to create the perfect floating seat – it’s new way to float – simply sit and drift! Relax on the soft, soothing mesh and enjoy the comfort of the fabric-covered sleeve. No inflation needed!
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.
To use this crazy water shooter, dip the fish head underwater and draw back the pump handle to fill the water reservoir. When done, lift the fish above the water and push up the handle to squirt. Get ready to get soaked!
The Pinwheel TWIRLS! The Water WHIRLS! Fill the SwimWays Pinwheel Squirter by dipping the pinwheel underwater and draw back the handle to fill the water reservoir, then lift the pinwheel above the water and push on the handle to squirt.
SwimWays SquiDivers are the original soft and flexible learn to swim toys. SquiDivers wiggle, jiggle, and giggle their way to the bottom of the pool landing nose down, the soft, flexible tentacles float upright making these dive toys easy to grab for kids, or more advanced swimmers can use their fingers to grab the dive toy by the nose.
Watch the water fly in all directions and power the pinwheel as it twirls! A great way to cool-off, kids will love this wet and wild water toy during those hot summer months.
Get ready for wacky, water-full fun with the SwimWays Squiggle Squirter! These cute and colorful crazy fish are a liquid launcher in disguise! Experience a surprise with every spray, watch the flexible tubes send water in all directions – who knows who will get wet next?!
Each SquiDiver in the package has a number assigned for score based games. Check out swimways.com/squidivers for 8 great underwater SquiDivers pool games. Three SquiDivers per package.
Watch SwimWays Fish Styx wiggle as they sink to the bottom of the pool.
SwimWays Boatz are motorized pool toys you can race and chase in the water. Perfect for active imaginations, best buddies Streak and Subby go on a water-full high-speed adventure, coming to life in a child’s watery world, making them perfect pals for preschoolers learning to swim.
Let the fun fly with the SwimWays Squid Disk! This squishy, funny feeling, water toy is all you need for hours of soaking fun! Simply dunk the Squid Disk underwater to saturate, then launch it!
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!
This little guy isn’t new, but we’ve given him a new Orca style for 2014! Yum! Yum! Preschoolers can catch, count and learn their colors with the SwimWays Gobble Gobble Guppies Orca whale. This hungry whale has one thing on his mind and on the menu – guppies!
Watch out for this water surprise! SwimWays Sea Squirters are adorable animals with a watery surprise in store!
Children squeeze the trigger to open his mouth, then try to gobble up all the little guppies as they float on the water’s surface as fast as they can. Each colorful guppy is numbered 1-5 for an added educational experience to a fun catch ‘em game.
Squeeze the handle on the cute and colorful characters tail to squirt water up to 10 feet from the character’s mouth. To fill squirter: Turn cap counter clockwise on belly to open. Fill reservoir with clean, fresh water. Replace cap and tighten by turning clockwise.
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.
SwimWays Gogglemates swim goggles are ouch-free! These bright, colorful goggles have a specially integrated neoprene strap, so they don’t get caught in children’s hair. The soft strap with on trend graphics eliminates hair pulling making the goggles easier to put on and take off. These floating goggles are easy to retrieve – no sinking!
SwimWays Fish Face Marlin Pro swim goggles give you the best underwater view available! These pro-style swim goggles allow you to have more fun in the water – whether you’re training for your next big event, competing, or for general recreation. The two included interchangeable nose pieces ensure a custom fit and the soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so your performance goes uninterrupted above and below the surface. The easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy – so you can dive right in! Latex-free. Ages: 12+
SwimWays Fish Face Dolphin swim goggles give kids the best underwater view available! These bright, colorful goggles were developed so kids can have more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to swim or already diving to collect underwater treasures. The soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so below and above surface play goes uninterrupted and the easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy for kids and parents. Latex-free. Ages: 6-12
SwimWays Fish Face Guppy swim goggles give kids the best underwater view available! These bright, colorful goggles were developed so kids can have more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to swim or already diving to collect underwater treasures. The soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so below and above surface play goes uninterrupted and the easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy for kids and parents. Latex-free. Ages: 3-8
SwimWays Fish Face Tarpon Trainer swim goggles give kids the best underwater view available! This 3-pack of bright, colorful goggles were developed so kids can have more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to swim or already diving to collect underwater treasures. The soft water-tight seal provides a comfortable fit, so below and above surface play goes uninterrupted and the easy-adjust head strap makes pool preparation easy for kids and parents. Latex-free. Three goggles per pack. Ages: 3-8
SwimWays Diver Down Masks make cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows for even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks made from high-quality materials have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. Latex-free. Ages: 12+
SwimWays Diver Down Masks make cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows kids to have even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks made from high-quality materials have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. Latex-free. Ages: 5-12
The SwimWays Diver Down Mask and Snorkel set makes cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows kids to have even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks and snorkels are made from high-quality materials, have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. The kid-sized snorkel mouthpiece is BPA-free, so you can both breathe easier. Latex-free. Ages: 5-12
The SwimWays Expedition Mask and Snorkel set makes cool underwater views even more awesome! This swim mask allows kids to have even more fun in the water – whether they are just learning to put their faces underwater or already exploring the reefs. These bright, colorful dive masks and snorkels are made from high-quality materials, have a soft comfort fit and easy-adjust head strap, so below (and above!) surface exploration goes uninterrupted. Breathe easier with the BPA-free snorkel mouthpiece. Latex-free.
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.
A Fin-Tastic swim aid for your four-legged friend! At SwimWays we want to share our water-full experiences with our beloved canine friends, so we developed the Sea Squirts Doggie Vest, a fun and functional swim jacket specially designed for dogs so Fido can join you in the water with style.
Full-body flotation supports your pet in and around the water, the flexible (and cute!) dorsal fin and handle on the back allow for quick control of your pup, and there’s also a metal d-ring so you can easily connect a leash. Boost your dog’s confidence and make him the center of attention with our stylish swim vest made of heavy-duty fabric.
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.
Water safety expert, Mario Vittone, has written a special feature article for our main website called Pool Toys for Water Confidence. Did you know that the best way to build confidence in the water is through play? In his article Mario explains how water fun helps children develop their swimming ability and build water confidence, he also gives some pointers on what pool toys to use to get started.
“Though I grew up on summer swim teams and went to more than my fair share of swim practices, I believe a great deal of my confidence and ability in the water was developed not when I was “learning” to swim – but rather when I was just playing in the water. I was learning how to be a better swimmer and didn’t even know it was happening.” - Mario Vittone
If you’ve been paying attention to my blog posts you know that I am a big fan of “play” and “fun” in the water. Though I grew up on summer swim teams and went to more than my fair share of swim practices, I believe a great deal of my confidence and ability in the water was developed not when I was “learning” to swim – but rather when I was just playing in the water. I was learning how to be a better swimmer and didn’t even know it was happening.
I may have learned proper swim mechanics on the swim team, but my real confidence in the water came from hours simply at play with my family and friends. Exploring underwater with my goggles or dive mask conditioned my breath-holding ability. Playing games like Water Polo and “Underwater Basketball” built my skills with treading water. And I remember how much fun I had diving after pennies and how that time was as valuable to my comfort in water above my head as any lap my coaches made me swim. The play was just as important as the practice.
Parents should encourage structured and unstructured supervised play as an integral part of the learn-to-swim process for their children. But as fond a memory as diving for pennies is for me, you really don’t want your kids taking loose coins into the pool. In this article I have matched up some great SwimWays pool toys with ideas for games that will help your child build confidence in the water without them even knowing it.
Now, on to the toys!
Disney and Marvel Swimming Goggles
Swimming goggles are an excellent device for encouraging a swimmer to put their face in the water. Kids are natural explorers and with goggles, the ability to see clearly above and below the surface will take advantage of their curiosity while protecting their eyes from irritation and the unintended pokes that can happen anytime kids play.
Just about every game and toy highlighted in this article is made more fun by the use of properly fitted swim goggles, but a good set of goggles alone will help your child gain confidence having their face in the water and can improve breath control.
Underwater Dive Toys
Swimming underwater is a life skill that often takes a back seat to traditional swimming like freestyle and other surface strokes. Being good at surface swimming is vital, but being fast and efficient on the surface won’t help if later in life they need to duck under a wave at the beach, or jump from a high dive at a larger pool and find themselves ten feet underwater.
Being confident in the water means being confident under the water too. Other dive toys like the Toypedo or the Zoom Ray make for great underwater fun; kids will even enjoy swimming to retrieve these toys for another round of play.
I want one of everything in the Rainbow Reef line. Watch this video below and tell me you don’t want one of those sharks. I don’t think you can do it. Okay well, at least one of those swimming fish? I must be getting old, though, because my first thought was, “You kids today don’t know how good you’ve got it! Why when I was your age, we used coins for pool toys!”
But seriously, cool toys mean more reasons to get in the water and have fun and that can and will transform young swimmers into better young swimmers. Anything that makes them move in the water will help them get better at moving in the water and help them develop breath-control and balance, too.
Spring Float Kid’s Boat
That’s right: I’m suggesting a pool float as a water-confidence-building pool toy. No, I’m not suggesting that lying around builds water confidence, but put one of these things in the water with two or more kids and see what happens. Eventually, all kids will break into the aquatic version of “King of The Hill,” turning these pool floats into serious deep water toys.
Of course, you should encourage them to “play nice” and can organize the fun into an aquatic musical chairs round. Two Spring Float Kid’s Boats, three kids, and you’ve got yourself a game.
You wouldn’t immediately think that a game like Poolside Volleyball played while standing on the bottom builds in-water skill, but it does. Jumping and reaching for the save, kids are sometimes forced to submerge at odd angles while their hands are busy. There is no nose-pinching or face-covering going on and kids develop tolerance for the occasional discomfort of water up the nose or submerging with less than a full breath. It may seem silly and definitely this game is more about volleyball than anything else, but that’s the point. While playing a game, kids develop secondary skills that help them in other areas and that makes them more confident and safer swimmers.
So far, everything I’ve mentioned is for more advanced junior swimmers and teens (and me with that whole shark thing), but even the youngest can gain confidence and comfort in the water through the use of toys and games.
Gobble Gobble Guppies
I promise, I’m not suggesting the Gobble Gobble Guppies pool toy just because of the shark (though he is pretty cool), but because it’s a great toy to get young swimmers to move through the water, even if they still need to stay in the shallow end where they can touch bottom. Space the guppies out and watch as your kids chase them through the water. Have them alternate holding the shark in either hand with each round and the fun of play becomes a serious tool for building balance, hand-eye coordination, and general ease in the water.
Supervised toys and games are an important part of any child’s development as a confident and safer swimmer. Remember that the next time you’re in the store and they drag you into pool toy aisle and say, “Please!” Whatever they want that will get them playing in the water will do good that they aren’t even aware of. Just make sure you remind them how lucky they are — “Why, when I was a kid, we had to play with pennies!”
From the editor: This article was published on our main website last year. We’re sharing this with you again as pool season is approaching, and we thought you might like to start thinking about toys that can help increase water confidence in your child!
Mario Vittone is a nationally recognized expert on water safety. His writing on aquatic risk and drowning prevention has appeared in magazines, websites, and newspapers around the world. Mario is a former Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer and instructor and has lectured on boating and water safety across the United States. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation. Mario’s Blog | Facebook Page