SwimFin was designed for typical 2 year old and above, but we’ve received plenty of feedback from parents and teachers telling us about 18 month olds that have used SwimFin. The record for the youngest child who was able to use SwimFin unaided is fifteen months. SwimFin can also be used by adults learning to swim and individuals with special needs.
Does SwimFin come with the straps?
Yes, SwimFin comes with a pair of regular size straps with colour co-ordinated logo in the packaging.
Are replacement straps available?
Yes, the standard and large replacement straps are available online. Each set comes in black with a colour co-ordinated logo.
What length are the Regular and Large straps?
When laid out on a flat surface the regular strap measures 78cm and the large 85cms. Please note they will stretch around the body – we only recommend large straps for adults and older children.
How do I make the straps smaller if my child is petite?
Please see below for further instruction.
The straps are too small, is there anything that can be done?
Since more and more bigger children and adults are using SwimFin we now manufacture larger straps which are available to buy via the website.
Up to what age do the regular straps fit on a child?
It depends on the age and weight of a child but the regular size straps fit most average 12 year olds comfortably. If your child is older or you are purchasing for an adult it would be advisable to order the larger straps in addition.
Are the SwimFin’s all one size? (I.E Does it come in a smaller size for babies & larger for adults)
SwimFin is one size fits all.
What weight can a SwimFin hold?
From approx. 15kg to 100kg OR 2.5 stone to 16 stone max weight.
Should I wear the fin on my back or can I wear it on my front too?
NEVER wear SwimFin on the front, only on the back.
Do I need to hold my child in the water wearing the SwimFin?
We advise letting your child play in shallow water wearing their SwimFin so they can get used to the way it feels first and foremost. From there you can hold your child in the water and encourage arm and leg movement as much as the child would like to. In time your child will want to be off swimming – just watch their confidence grow! It is always advised to supervise your child in and around water at all times.
What is the weight of the SwimFin?
The SwimFin in it’s packaging weighs 242g so is incredibly light.
What is the SwimFin made of?
It is made from EVA foam.
Should I put a UV top underneath the SwimFin
If your child is due to wear the SwimFin in a pool for a length of time eg on holiday – it is advisable to wear a UV top to also aid with sun protection.
My child has sensitive skin what do you recommend?
If your child has sensitive skin it is advisable to have them wear a t-shirt or UV top underneath the fin.
Will we be able to use SwimFin at public water parks and swimming pools?
This can depend on the rules and regulations of the particular leisure centre or water park but generally yes SwimFin is a swimming aid so children should be allowed to wear what you choose to use. Sometimes when going on slides staff may ask you to remove the fin as the child cannot lie back if the slide is steep. Instructors worldwide use SwimFin in their lesson programmes so as a result it should be absolutely fine to wear and enjoy learning to swim.
Does SwimFin come with an instruction manual?
NO! An explanation can be found on the ‘How SwimFin Works’ tab on the website. We strongly recommend that a parent or teacher assists a child in the early stages until he/she is comfortable with SwimFin. Once they are accustomed to the buoyancy they will know instinctively what to do, and that’s when the freedom and the fun starts. Some kids pick this up instantly but younger children and the less confident may take a little longer. There are no rules on how to use SwimFin – there should be a natural progression until the child lets you know when to let go. SwimFin works with all ages and abilities but the way it works for one child of a particular age and ability, can be totally different for a child of a different age & ability. NEVER wear SwimFin on the FRONT of the body.
SwimFin is partnering with the RLSS in 2017
The UK’s drowning prevention charity and leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), is proud to announce that they are working with SwimFin as an official Water Safety Partner.