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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. More information >
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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