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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.

The Best Flotation Device for a Child

Flotation device for children

Here’s why parents (and kids!) love our Sea Squirts PFD

1. It’s US Coast Guard Approved.

The SwimWays Sea Squirts PFD is a US Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device just for kids. Buoyancy technology allows for successful balance of your child’s center of gravity, giving him or her greater control and stability in the water. Straps across the chest and between the legs ensure a snug fit, keeping the flotation aid in the correct position.

2. It’s comfortable.

The quality neoprene outer cover and inner fabric liner are extremely comfortable, offering freedom of movement and comfort for continuous wear in and around the water. The cute, flexible back fin is appealing to kids and naturally folds flat so they can sit comfortably in a boat or chair.

3. They want to wear it.

Sometimes they just don’t want to wear a flotation device; that’s where the Sea Squirts PFD with its flexible fish fin comes in. So suit ‘em up for added peace of mind and let their imaginations run wild!

The experts agree!

“The Sea Squirts PFD is simply the best flotation device on the market for a child”Mario Vittone, former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer and learn to swim expert.

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What parents are saying:

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We sent samples of our Sea Squirts PFD around the country to real parents, here’s what they had to say about it:

“Talon could not wait to hit the beach in his blue Sea Squirts PFD. Honestly; he spent the first two days wearing it around the house, chasing his sisters because he loved it so much! While he thinks he’s pretty cool with his fins, I’m happy to know he’s safe near the water!” – Stacey, thesimplemoms.com

“We bought a life jacket for him before our day trip to Destin, but he did not like it…it almost seemed like he felt he was being smothered in it. With the Sea Squirts life jacket, he has plenty of room around his neck to feel comfortable, while still keeping him safe.” – Lynn, thephotographerswife.com

Attention Bloggers! SwimWays Review & Giveaway Opportunity

We’re looking for blogging parents with children meeting the below size requirements to review our Sea Squirts PFD life jackets. We will also consider swim instructors/water experts. If you would like to host a giveaway with your review we will be happy to supply a PFD as a prize and ship it to your winner free of charge (would need sizing and gender information of course!). This opportunity is open to U.S. residents only excl. Alaska and Hawaii (and any other non-continental territories).

Please review the size chart below to see if your child(ren) would be a good fit!

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Looking good? Read on!

SwimWays Sea Squirts PFDThe SwimWays Sea Squirts PFD is a US Coast Guard Certified Type III personal flotation device (PFD). It’s great for boat trips, visiting the lake, the beach, or even the pool. This cute PFD is also a great way to introduce your child to the water as part of the learn to swim process. Here are just some of the reasons we know you’ll love it:

  • US Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device.
  • Buoyancy Technology allows for successful balance of a child’s center of gravity, giving them greater control and stability when swimming.
  • Quality neoprene outer cover and inner fabric liner for extreme comfort.
  • Heavy-duty zipper.
  • Cute flexible fins are appealing to kids and they naturally fold flat so they can sit comfortably in a boat or chair.

If you’re interested in this opportunity please email marketing@swimways.com no later than July 26, 2013 and include your child’s size and their gender (if you have more than one child, please include the size and gender of each so we can send you appropriate PFDs). Please feel free to share this post with other bloggers in your network who you feel may be a good fit for this opportunity.

All blogs will be reviewed for post and content quality. We’re looking for authentic posts from those who love to take pictures and/or videos of products in action, a good social media presence is also desired but not necessary.

We look forward to hearing from you!

- The SwimWays Marketing Team