You and your children are always encouraged to be prepared and think “SAFETY FIRST!”
This equipment, sometimes called “muscles,” “wings” or “swimmies,” is used primarily for small children. They may be useful for water adjustment, but they tend to reinforce a false sense of security in children who may not realize that the device is providing the flotation. These devices often develop leaks and tend to slip off. They raise the center of buoyancy and actually impair progress if participants become accustomed to kicking in a vertical position.
American Red Cross Safety Tips
The concept of water safety is a central part of our aquatics program. Parents will feel confident that water safety is being practiced in all levels, and their children are learning good safety habits.
Longfellow’s WHALE tales
WHALE stands for Water Habits Are Learned Early
*For more information visit: www.redcross.org/take-a-class/swimming/whale-tales/resources*
Waddles in the Deep: www.amazon.com/dp/1584801948/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Rzr1wb1YSGCX1
These tips are designed for age’s kindergarten to 6th grade.
Inflatable Arm Bands
Styrofoam floats also called floatblets are attachable devices that come in a variety of shapes and provide enough buoyancy to support small children. They can help build strength and endurance because children can typically practice longer in water over their head. The disadvantages often outweigh the advantages as parents and children alike may become overconfident of the children’s ability and safety. Poorly positioned devices can submerge children’s faces. You should never depend on any artificial device for your children’s safety other than U.S. Coast Guard- approved life jackets.
I STRONGLY RECOMMENED AGAINST USING ANY TYPE OF FLOATATION DEVICES OTHER THAN U.S. COAST GUARD APPROVED LIFE JACKETS. I BELIEVE THEY INHIBIT LEARNING HOW TO SWIM PROPERLY AND INSTILL A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.