SwimFin inspires imagination and play. When a child puts on a SwimFin, they immediately become more active, playing, building confidence, learning, experimenting and having FUN! SwimFin plays a psychological part in learning to swim, even before a lesson has started. Kids love the feeling of safety and security SwimFin gives them, while it motivates and encourages imagination and play.
SwimFin is a teaching aid, flotation device and fun water toy all in one. It should be worn high on the back, above the centre of gravity. This way it will ‘suspend’ the child in the water – it will not tip a child forward if worn correctly, as can be seen in the photos.
A SwimFin should never be used with a baby that cannot control their body yet, and it must NEVER be worn on the front of the body.
The most important thing about SwimFin is this: the more submerged it is, the more support it is giving. This means when the child is vertical, doggy paddling through the water, SwimFin will be almost completely submerged, giving maximum support. As the child’s body position becomes more horizontal, SwimFin comes out of the water giving less support. This means the child is swimming more for themselves with less and less assistance. And SwimFin never has to be inflated, deflated, or need to have additional support added or removed as with armbands/discs, body vests etc.
Remember, the more visible it is, the less it’s working!
Unlike other swimming aids, SwimFin is multi-stroke functional. It leaves the arms completely free to move and so can be used to learn front-crawl, back-stroke, breast-stroke and butterfly. SwimFin works for all ages and abilites: from toddlers taking to the water for the first time, all the way through improved learners to advanced swimmers who want to develop stroke technique. (We’ve had many testimonials from parents telling us they’ve used a SwimFin with children as young as 18 months, and of course we’ve heard from plenty of adults who couldn’t resist playing with one that was bought for a child – and for ‘big kids’ who want to use a SwimFin we sell larger straps.)
We’ve also heard from instructors who use SwimFins to teach people with special needs. We know Olympic athletes who’ve used one for training purposes and schools that use them for aqua-aerobic exercise classes. There’s a swimming school in New Zealand that uses them in a class where the children are aged between twelve-months and two-years of age. All over the world, SwimFin has found uses that have surprised even it’s inventor.
SwimFin has passed both EN71 Toy Safety and EN13138 Buoyancy Aid International Safety Standards.