Learning to swim is an exciting time for your child but it can also be quite daunting for them, especially if they’re nervous about being in the water. Buoyancy aids are designed to support children in a natural swimming position and to improve their confidence in the water.
In this guide we take a closer look at swim vests and jackets to help you decide if they are the right buoyancy aid for your child.
What are swim vests?
Swim vests and jackets are worn over swimming costumes or shorts to help children achieve a natural position in the water when learning to swim. They are a buoyancy aid so work with a child’s natural buoyancy to help increase their safety level when in water.
The swim vests feature removable floats which can be taken out gradually as a child’s confidence and swimming ability improve. Vests with non-removable floats are also available. Some swim vests also have the added advantage of UPF to help protect children’s delicate skin from the sun and are made of neoprene to keep children warmer in cool water. Our swim vests provide UPF50+ sun protection which suitable for your kids.
How swim vests helps children learn to swim?
Once your child is big enough to stay upright and hold their head up above the water they are ready to try a swim vest. Unlike armbands, which position a child’s arms above their chest and restrict arm movement, swim vests fit snuggly to the torso, allowing children to have a full range of movement.
Swim vests help position children in a natural swimming position in the water, whilst providing extra buoyancy as they learn to swim. You will need to hold onto your child’s hands at first, to help your child find their water balance. The vest will then help to keep them afloat as they learn to kick in the water.
Swim vests are ideal for children who enjoy snorkeling, as they provide stability and comfort when exploring the water for longer periods.