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Water safety for kids & SwimFin review

The swimming season is officially upon us which means now is the time to educate and refresh your child’s memory about water safety. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in children under 5 here in Australia, which is why it vital that not only children are educated on water safety but also parents and carers. In an effort to get the message out there SwinFin, Olympic swimming champion Libby Trickett and The Wiggles have teamed up to promote water safety for kids and teach children from an early age how to be safe around water.

The Wiggles and SwimFin Australia have produced a series of fun, memorable videos aimed at children and their parents. These videos include 5 key safety messages and a catchy tune ‘Swim like a fish’ that drives home the importance of water safety for kids.
Libbys’ top tips are:
1. Use a swimming aid, like SwimFin.
2. Don’t go into the water alone, always have an adult with you.
3. Put on lots of sunscreen.
4. Drink lots of water.
5. Learn to swim like a fish.

SwimFin review

B1 and B2 are not strong swimmers but they are improving each day with lessons and consistancy. They have been using the SwimFin every time they go swimming and it not only gives them that extra floatation needed but they also love that they look like a shark. What kid wouldn’t love that?! It is so easy to put on and take off that it only takes a few seconds to do it. As a parent, I love the SwimFin because it can be used for children as young as 2 years and is a self adjusting swimming aid which makes it great for all sizes and abilities. The SwimFin allows kids to be safe and confident as they learn to swim.

SwimFin water safety for kids

The kids are not restricted in their movements, they have their arms and legs free to learn and play. I noticed as the boys got more confident in swimming and their swimming posture improved, the SwimFin gets higher to the surface which provides them less support however the second they start to rest or lift their head the SwimFin submerges and again gives that extra support they need.

water safety for kids

I highly recommend the SwimFin as a swimming aid for children everywhere but please remember that having an aid doesn’t eliminate the need for parental supervision. It is available in 7 different colours and can be purchased from SwimFin for $39.95.

What tips would you add to the list?

Disclosure: I received 1x SwimFin for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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13 Comments

  1. 28/10/2014 / 1:26 pm

    Water safety is just so important isn’t it – especially living in a country like Australia where you pretty much grow up at the pool or beach! SwimFin looks great!

    • 28/10/2014 / 10:41 pm

      Yes it absolutely is! It is just crazy in summer how many drowning you hear about. If you can prevent it by teaching basic rules than you’d be silly not to. Thanks so much for stopping by Lucy. xx

  2. DIY Mum
    30/10/2014 / 9:50 pm

    Great review. This looks like a great product. I know my little NotQuiteAPrincess would love pretending she is a shark!

    • 31/10/2014 / 2:28 pm

      It is honestly really good. The kids just love it, there are girly colours as well so if she wanted to be a pretty shark she could 🙂

  3. Dan
    01/11/2014 / 4:34 pm

    I’ve been considering buying these for my kids but wasn’t sure if they were worth it. You have me sold! I’ve just order some for my family in their favourite colours. Thanks for the great review!

    • 02/11/2014 / 9:53 am

      Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback Dan and I’m so glad I could help.

  4. 02/11/2014 / 11:44 am

    I totally need these for my children, several of my children had a really bad swimming teacher, and pushed them into doing things they were not comfortable with, so they end up fearing swimming lessons and going to the pool. It was a very traumatic things for us all. So this summer it’s my goal to help getting the swimming and enjoying the water again. This would be a great tool for that.

    • 02/11/2014 / 10:05 pm

      Oh no!! That is the last thing you want to happen. Poor kids. Fingers crossed you can introduce them back to the water in a safe and encouraging way. It is such an important thing to learn. Good luck!

  5. 02/11/2014 / 6:41 pm

    How wonderful that The Wiggles are involved with spreading this message, it is so important. Those swim fins are awesome. I’d seen them before and thought they were a good idea but never know what they were called, so this is great!

    • 02/11/2014 / 10:03 pm

      Yeah it really is a great message to get out there and by having The Wiggles involved, it only guarantees children will take notice.

  6. 02/11/2014 / 7:24 pm

    What a great idea! I’m just starting to get E in the water now we’re back in Sydney, and I’ve been trying to find some kind of floatation device to help her get around in the water safely but also with a bit more independence. I’ll be checking these out, thanks!

    • 02/11/2014 / 10:01 pm

      They are great Christine! It’s like they forget they are wearing it and they have fun while inadvertently learning to swim.

  7. 21/11/2014 / 3:42 am

    Those look great! My kids are a bit too old but I’ve been worrying neurotically lately about my sister’s kids coming over to use our pool. I mean obviously I’ll still have to watch them constantly but this looks like they could have a lot of fun and learn to swim with confidence!

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