Ditch your armbands and get a SwimFin

Swimming has been an important activity for us. We have taken the kids to swimming from around 4-5 weeks old and try, where possible, to go as much as we can. Finally we managed to get out this weekend after what feels like a winter of constant illnesses in the house and what fun the kids had wearing their SwimFins (we got one to review and bought the other to save arguments - that has to tell you how much the kids like it).


We have not really used any swim aids when swimming as there were always two adults and two kids so we had plenty of hands available but since having little O we have had to rethink things. For one it makes things so much easier for us knowing that the kids are safe even if we don't hold them (once they got the confidence and ability to go without us). It gives them a bit of freedom (especially M who is trying so hard to swim herself) and because child admission policy tells us we have to. I will admit that I was, until now, pretty against swim aids. Arm bands and floatation vests keep kids upright and so don't teach them how to swim. They restrict rather than encourage. This is where SwimFin is different. When used the stronger a child is at swimming the less the SwimFin has to work. The body moves into a more natural position and less of the SwimFin is in the water. 


The SwimFin is a one size fits all swimming aid which can be used from age 2 to adult (although you may need to buy the large straps for that). Unlike other floatation aids I have seen this one allows free movement of the arms and so can be used to learn to swim and, for those that can swim, to improve stroke technique. As I said before M has been trying to learn to swim without an aid and can go a bit herself but this gives her the chance to practise what she wants to do, bringing her tummy up and aligning her body. It amazed me how well she actually can swim and gets her into the position she needs to be in to swim. Fraser (2) still needed a bit of help from us (the SwimFin has less buoyancy than armbands) to hold him but we certainly didn't have to hold quite as much. He took a bit to get used to the straps but was soon pretending to be a shark around the pool. I don't think it will be long before he wants to go off on his own too.


At first if your child is just learning they may end up in a vertical position in the water with the Swimfin completely submerged but as they become more able to support themselves their body with naturally move into a better position in the water, the Swimfin will come out of the water and the more it comes out of the water the less work it is doing and the more your child is doing it themselves. You do no need to remove floats, deflate them. You just need to put them on and let your child do the hard work (which they won't even notice they are doing).


The SwimFin is easy to put on and off (although the mock panic a 4 year old might have when she needs a wee and it is over her costume!). The straps are velcro and so you can adjust it to fit easy enough. F found the straps hurts a bit but we had over tightened a bit and once adjusted her was fine. There was no rubbing from the straps but if they have sensitive skin wearing over a rash vest is recommended.


The great thing about these are they can be used for a long time, well past their learning to swim on their own. Just seeing how different a swimmer M can be from swimming herself to wearing this is amazing. 

They are a bit bulky to carry to the pool, especially with two of them, but if this is the only downside then I don't think you can really argue. We will be packing both in out suitcase for when we visit Lanzarote later this summer - for the beach and the pool.

To find out more or to buy a SwimFin (you will not look back if you do) visit Swimfin.co.uk

We were gifted one SwimFin for the purposes of this review but we bought the second Swimfin ourselves. All opinion is ours and ours alone.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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