My son is not the bravest in the water. He is mostly nervous of putting his face in the water, so slowly but surely he is getting there. I am super proud of the effort that he’s putting into learning to swim. I can remember when we first started taking him swimming I was completely over whelmed with the choice of floats, armbands and floatation devices for kids. There are a few main ones to choose from which I will cover below (most of which we have tried). Hopefully, this will help you to compare what’s out there before you buy. My son used armbands when he was a toddler, we then moved onto the float discs from around 2-4 years and now he’s learning to swim we use pool noodles. – Armbands and Floats For Kids | Floatation devices – Learn to Swim
Best Swimming Aids for Kids
Swim Safe Seat For Babies
This post is looking at pool items to help and aid your kids in learning to swim. If you are looking for something to keep your baby afloat then a swim safe seat may be your best bet.
Age Range – Suitable for babies aged 0-12 months
Price RRP – £7.00
How Does it Work? – “Baby swimming support seat – a key step to becoming an independent swimmer. Allows you to relax and enjoy the pool knowing that your little one is safe and supported in their sea. Gives young ones the opportunity to develop their confidence on the water – ideal for holidays and trips to the pool. Ideal way to introduce your baby to swimming – an important life skill. Three air chambers for a supportive and buoyant inflatable seat.
Floatation Devices – Different types of Armbands
and Floats For Kids
Age Range – Suitable for ages 2-6 years – maximum weight 25 kg
Material Float is made from – Durable puncture free floats, Removable foam discs help build confidence with two discs per arm
Price RRP – £23.00 (often £14.00 on Amazon)
How Does it Work? – “Zoggs Float Discs offer children complete freedom of movement in the water. They are lightweight and comfortable to wear with blue inner pieces which allow for a variety of arm sizes. Start with two floats per arm and remove one from each arm to reduce buoyancy as your child’s confidence in the water grows. The Float Discs are ideal for developing the correct body positioning for swimming, so children will be encouraged to actively swim as they will not bob about on the surface with this product.Zoggs Float Discs should only be used for short periods of time of up to 30mins per session.” We have used these floats for many months and we can recommend.
Click to buy – Zoggs Kids’ Lightweight and Comfortable Foam Float Discs
Age Range – Ages 2-6 years, max weight 25kg
Material Float is made from – Heavy duty EVA
Price RRP – £18.00 (often priced around £13.00 on Amazon)
How Does it Work? – “Zoggs Zoggy Backfloat is designed to create buoyancy whilst your child is actively trying to swim. The adjustable strap goes across the chest for a secure fit. The Backfloat is ideal for giving children more independence in the water but children should still be closely supervised for safety.
Other key benefits are that it supports with body position as well as independent arm and leg movement. There are removable layers in the float allowing you to remove one layer at a time which will reduce buoyancy as your child gains confidence in the water.”
Click to buy – Zoggs Kids Zoggy Back Float – Multi, 2-6 Years
Armbands and Floats For Kids | Floatation devices – Learn to Swim
Age Range – Available in a variety of age ranges and designs
Material Float is made from – Top quality neoprene and soft Lycra binding for softness and comfortable fit, plus UV protection
Price RRP – £26.99
How Does it Work? – Originally I’d heard bad reviews about jackets like this rising over kids heads. However this range seems to be a more popular option and their variety of sizes combat this problem. “The Original Konfidence Swim Jacket is the number-one selling neoprene swimming buoyancy aid for children aged 1 to 7 years across UK and Europe. Featuring an eight removable float system, the multi award-winning Konfidence Jacket provides built-in buoyancy to give infants and children natural buoyancy in the water. This easy-to-use float system aids swimming development by allowing buoyancy to be tailored to the wearer’s needs as they grow and develop water confidence.”
Click to buy – Konfidence The Original Children’s Swim Jacket
Age Range – Suitable for children aged 2 6 years (1530kg)
Material Float is made from – Not Stated
Price RRP – £20.00 (often priced around £10 at Amazon)
How Does it Work? – “The children’s sealife swim belt from BECO is a buoyancy aid that can be worn around the waist and has an adjustable fit and 5 separated floats on the belt, the floats can also be removed as the child builds up their confidence. This kids swim belt will give buoyancy to children who are learning to swim and is a good choice if your children don’t like wearing armbands or swim discs, as it leaves their arms completely free to move around.”
Click to buy – Childrens Sealife Swim Belt
Age Range – Onesize (adjustable 1.5-12 years)
Material Float is made from – Not stated
Price RRP – £21.99
How Does it Work? – “Does your child need a swimming aid? This cool orange SwimFin does not just boost stability in the water, but also confidence! The swimming aid rests at the centre of gravity of the body, keeping children in good balance during swimming. The orange SwimFin can be used to learn the school stroke, but also the front crawl and back crawl for example. The swimming aid is worn on the back and is strapped on the chest and waist, so your child has all the freedom of movement it needs.”
Click to buy – SwimFin Swimming Aid for Confidence Swim Fin
Age Range – Available in size 1-6 years or 6-12 years
Material Float is made from – Heavy duty Vylux. Easy inflate valve, allowing for 50% quicker inflation and deflation.
Price RRP – £7.50
How Does it Work? – “Zoggs Roll-Ups are perfect for building confidence in the water. Featuring dual air chambers with non-return safety valves. They are easy to slip onto the arm and are designed to be inflated before they are put on the child. These compact armbands are perfect to take on holidays. Part of Zoggs’ Learn to Swim Stage 2 range“.
Click to buy – Zoggs Kid’s Roll Ups Easy Inflate Swimming Armbands
Age Range – FOR 2-5 YEAR OLD KIDS: Puddle Jumper Swim arm bands are available in several designs to suit toddlers tasts; recommended for boys and girls between 2 – 5 years or 15 – 30kg weight
Material Float is made from – Outer Material: 100% Polyester; Inside Material: 100% Polyurethane
Price RRP – £20-25
How Does it Work? – “MAXIMUM SECURITY: the swim arm band is secured with a safety buckle at the child’s back, so that the kid cannot open it alone; an adjustable strap to fit all sizes between 15-30kg (2-5 years.) FREEDOM: the swimming aid for toddlers allows them to move and have fun freely and safely; the soft woven polyester adds extra comfort with less chafing and the swim discs do not cling to the skin. FUN: kids all over the world use our Puddle Jumpers swim training aids. Parents can simply watch their kid having fun, enjoy playing, swimming and diving into the water safely. EASY TO WEAR: the arm floats are immediately ready for use since there is no inflation necessary; simply pull over arms and buckle up; comfortable to wear due to the soft arm band construction.”
Age Range – SUITABLE: For adults and children
Material Float is made from – FOAM: Solid foam noodles (we prefer solid pool noodles)
Price RRP – £10.83
How Does it Work? – Once my son had gained confidence with first arm bands, then float discs we now use pool noodles which is what he uses at his swimming lessons. They are great for freedom with arms and legs and a more natural position on the water. The Elite Water Swimming Aid Noodles are made from lightweight, buoyant foam and are ideal for using as floating and buoyancy devices. This pack contains three swimming aid noodles in a variety of colours including red, green and blue. Size 149cm x 6.5cm x 6.5cm.
Other Swimming Accessories to Help your Kids Learn to Swim
Age Range – Ages 3+ – available in a variety of colours
Price RRP – £13-14
How Does it Work? – “Great for having fun in the pool, the Aqua Sphere Seal 2 kids swimming mask ensures superb clarity of vision when swimming indoors. It features easy-to-adjust side buckles for an adaptive and comfortable leak-free fit and has clear curved lenses delivering a wide field of vision. The mask offers an anti-scratch and anti-fog coating for added durability and mist-free vision and there is a flexible silicone split strap. It is designed for children aged 3 and older and protects kids’ eyes from harmful sun’s rays thanks to UVA and UVB filters.”
Click to buy – Aqua Sphere Seal Kids Swimming Goggle
Age Range – 3-15 years
Price RRP – £11.00
How Does it Work? – “Made from odourless and hypoallergenic silicone, the goggles are latex and PVC free, which is especially recommended for your children. Impact-resistant PC lenses, all of which offer anti-fog and UV protection, defend your kids’ delicate eyes from UV rays and provide an optimal clear vision. The new quick-fit buttons make the strap easy to be adjusted. Try the various size nose bridges supplied (S/M/L), select the correct width. The soft and pain-free nose piece is suitable for different nose bridge.
Click to buy – COOLOO 2-PACK Kids Swimming Goggles
Age Range – Suitable for age 3 months+
Price RRP – £9.00 (often priced at around £4.50 on Amazon)
How Does it Work? – “Seal Flips are designed to encourage and build confidence in the water, just blow the seal to make its head flip. As the seals float they can also be used as a swim and retrieve game to help boost confidence.
Age Range – Designed to help children learn to swim & provide confidence in water. Use on slightly more swim confident children
Material Float is made from – Material: Density foam Size: approx. 42.5 x 28.5 x 3.5 cm
Price RRP – £5.00
How Does it Work? – 100% Brand new & High quality. With built-in handles for easy grip. Suitable for children and adults. Lightweight, floatable and impermeable. Fracture-resistant.
Click to buy – Swimming Swim Safty Pool Training Aid Kickboard Float
Age Range – Suitable for ages 3+
Material Float is made from – Soft flexible construction for safety
Price RRP – £15.00 (often priced at £7.99 on Amazon)
How Does it Work? – “Zoggs Zoggy Dive Sticks come in a pack of 4 and sink slowly, making them great for an underwater treasure hunt and dive challenge. You can increase the difficulty by lining up multiple dive sticks for a single dive, or even set up dive and retrieve races for them and their friends! Includes 4 fun coloured seal stick.” These have been great for building my son’s confidence when encouraging him to put his face in the water.
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