As you know I have three children, Harry will be 8 in a few weeks, Matilda is 6 and Arthur nearly 4. Currently, none of them can independently swim.
I was a late swimmer, and not the most confident in water. James hates swimming. Because of that we don’t often go. Harry had swimming lessons, every week for nearly 2 years and he still couldn’t get the confidence. In the end we decided to give him a break from lessons because he was getting too worked up. Matilda had lessons for about 6 months whilst Harry was there and they both finished at the same time.
I know how important learning to swim is, its a major life skill that I need my children to learn. I know I need to enrol them in lessons again, and it is something we will do this summer. But for now we are trying to just enjoy swimming as a family and hope that their confidence improves in time.
When SwimFin approached us to ask if we would test their product, I knew it was perfect for us. If you haven’t seen the SwimFin before it is a swim float shaped like a sharks fin. It straps around the child’s body to encourage them to float in the correct position for swimming.
We have now been testing the SwimFins for around 8 weeks, going to the pool every week or 2. They have really helped with their confidence already.
Arthur being nearly 4 wants to wear his all the time, he actually wore it on a dog walk the other day just to be a shark. It really helps in the pool when the children actually like to use the float. And these floats don’t interfere with other play like a handheld float does. Now Harry is getting older he is aware that most children his age are swimming independently, and I was worried he wouldn’t want to wear the SwimFin. So far it hasn’t bothered him at all, he has enjoyed wearing it. Finally his confidence in the water is improving, and I think a few lessons over the summer and hopefully he will be off.
Because they are strapped to their body you don’t have as much worry about losing them in the pool. They spend the majority of the time attached to the child instead of floating away for someone else to take home.
Because we haven’t been lucky enough to get a holiday yet this year I haven’t been able to photograph the SwimFin in action. I can’t use the camera at either of the local pools we have visited. So we had some fun in the garden with them instead for some photos. We are hoping to book a holiday for the summer where we can really put these to the test using them every day.
The SwimFin retails at £22.99 and are suitable for any age from around 18 months +. As you can see from our photos they are great for even the older children. I would recommend them to anyone with children learning to swim or going off on holiday and wanting to have a little bit of reassurance in the pool.
It is always advised to supervise your child in and around water at all times with and without the SwimFin.
** This post is written in collaboration with SwimFin, all opinions are my own.