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Especially on warmer days, children can hardly wait to jump into some cold water. For non-swimmers to also participate safe, there are several ways to support them to swim. They are available in different variations, adapted to the ability of swimming, age and weight. Before purchasing such an aid, you should thus put a special emphasis on the following factors.

Learning how to swim

Especially on warmer days, children can hardly wait to jump into some cold water. For non-swimmers to also participate safe, there are several ways to support them to swim. They are available in different variations, adapted to the ability of swimming, age and weight. Before purchasing such an aid, you should thus put a special emphasis on the following factors. More information >

Baby swim seat "Classic” - The swimming coach "Classic" is for babies from 3 Month to the 4th Age appropriateBaby swim seat "Classic” - The swimming coach "Classic" is for babies from 3 Month to the 4th Age appropriate
Freds Swim Academy GmbH
Baby swim seat "Classic”
16.80 € *
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Life jacket Starfish - Life jacket Starfish – The colourful life jacket offers the littlest ones the possibility to get to know the water environment.Life jacket Starfish - Life jacket Starfish – The colourful life jacket offers the littlest ones the possibility to get to know the water environment.
13.44 € *
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Beco swim disks - Beco swim disks – The swim discs by Beco will help your child to learn swimming step by step.Beco swim disks - Beco swim disks – The swim discs by Beco will help your child to learn swimming step by step.
BECO
Swim disks
25.20 € *
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Bema water wings - Bema water wings – The best support and small impairment in mobility when learning how to swim will be provided with the water wings by Bema.Bema water wings - Bema water wings – The best support and small impairment in mobility when learning how to swim will be provided with the water wings by Bema.
8.40 € *
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What are swim aids?

Basically the swim aid needs to be distinguished from buoyancy aids and life jackets. A swim aid, e.g. water wings, will provide enough boosts to the user that he can float on the water. However, they are not suitable for passive users. Which means: The swim aid alone does not protect against drowning.

Besides the swim aid there is a buoyancy aid. Among this category you will find water toys such as inflatable animals, boats and mattresses. They are not worn like a swim aid; your child needs to actively hold to it or rather keep balance on it. These products do not offer enough safety in the water to protect your child against drowning. Swim beginners and non-swimmers thus should only use these under survey.

Life jackets will lift their carriers enough to help them not drown lying on the back in case of an unconscious state. That will change the swim position – learning how to swim will not be possible with this. Life jackets do also not count to swim aids and should not be used as such.

Respecting right classes

Respect the EN-classification when choosing a swim aid for children. They can be found on every secure product or rather its packing. Important: Only products with the classification number EN 13138 apply as swim aid. They are divided in three classes. Among class A you will find swim seats, which are supposed to help children get used to the water. They lift them up enough for them to sit in it without moving and nevertheless not drowning. Swim seats are suitable until an age of 36 months and a weight of 18 kg.

Among class B you will find water wings, rubber rings and swimming belts. Your child will carry them directly to his body and is supposed to learn to stay and move in the water on his own. Attention: These kinds of swim aids do not offer protection against drowning. You should always observe your child while he is wearing these.

Among class C you will find e.g. swimming boards and swimming bar-bells. They are suitable for beginners and children use them by holding on to them tightly.

Water wings, swim vest & Co: Learning how to swim with the right swim aids

Aids for learning how to swim do always have to be adapted to your child’s weight and abilities. Only then enough protection is given against drowning. Children who are supposed to get used to water are in good hands with using a swim seat in the beginning (also a swim aid of class A). Learning how to swim can only be carried out with an aid of class B or C. Water wings, swim belts, swim disks and swim boards are the method of choice. They lift your child enough and support them while learning the swimming movements. Floating tires are not suitable for learning how to swim – they belong to the water toys.

Learning how to swim safely: Consider the following

For children who would like to learn how to swim, swim aids are ideal. They will also allow beginners how to move safely in the cooling wet. Avoiding accidents and injuries, it would be wise to respect the following aspects on swimming aids:

  • Products with CE and EN approval mark: They not only offer enough safety for beginners, but also correspond to the current safety requirements of the EU
  • Product class: Choose a swim aid according to your child’s ability
  • Maximum weight: Only swim aids which can carry your child’s weight offer enough safety
  • Manufacture: Regularly check the manufacture and seams of your aids. On the one hand to not have air escaping. On the other hand that your child won’t get hurt by sharp edges.
  • Smell test: Test new water wings for the smell. Chemically smelling products should be given a wash and airing.
  • No emollients: Look out for products without phthalates and BPA. In the end they are in direct contact with your child’s skin.
  • Safe requirements: Good water wings are equipped with several, separate air chambers and a check valve.
  • Take care of it: Always wash off the product after use with clear water and let them dry well. Avoid storage in a big heat, cold or the direct sun. Thus the materials won’t get rough and the product lasts longer.
  • Replace regularly: For safety reasons, swim aids should be exchanged every two years.

Water wings, floating tires & Co are basically everywhere available, where the water invites to splash – also on holidays, e.g. at the beach or in a hotel. The question then is, however, if the offered swim aids really provide enough safety.

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