SwimFin - Learn To Swim Like A Fish
Throw away those arm-bands, and strap your little one into the Swim Fin; an innovative and fun swimming aid that’s set to revolutionise the way children learn to swim.
The device is worn high on the back, which ‘suspends’ children in the water so that they will not tip forward, and ensure they fell safe and supported. Because this swim float is worn on the back, it leaves children's arms completely free to move and is perfect for all four swim strokes. With it's fun 'shark fin' design it's great fun for kids and a great incentive to gain confidence in the water.
The product is ideally suited for kids aged 2-6 years old and 15-30kgs, but it has been proven to work with younger or older children as well. The straps are easy to adjust to almost any size.
It is suitable for children of all ages and abilities and can even be used for all 4 swimming strokes.
The SwimFin is designed to look like a shark's fin, providing kids with hours of fun in the pool or sea, which increases their confidence in the water.
Learning to swim is one of those life skills that everyone needs to know, especially here in New Zealand where we are surrounded by water.
SwimFin has been proven to speed up learning to swim by up to 30% and the best part about the SwimFin is Kids have fun while they are learning.
SwimFin is a unique, self-adjusting swimming aid for all ages and abilities, set to change the way Kiwi kids learn to swim. SwimFin is endorsed by four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Libby Trickett in Australia and New Zealand.
SwimFin for Beginners
SwimFin's fun shark design makes encouraging beginners into the water really easy
There is no restriction of movement to the arms or legs
The child is suspended in a verticle position, while not being tipped forward
Children have so much fun being a shark or dolphin that they forget that they are learning to swim.
SwimFin for Intermediate Level Swimmers
As the child starts to kick and paddle, the SwimFins buoyancy promotes the correct position in the water.
This makes the child become more horizontal in the water and the SwimFin automatically starts to rise up out of the water, providing the minumum support required for the childs ability.
Once the child lifts their head, rests or stops swimming, the SwimFin is immediately submerged again giving them increased support when they need it.
SwimFin for Advanced Level Swimmers
At this stage, the SwimFin is now completely out of the water, providing no support for the child.
The streamlined design doesn't create any drag.
Instead SwimFin can be used for advanced stroke correction by providing support when needed to allow more time for the swimmers to think about what they are doing.
SwimFin is so flexible that it can even be used to teach backstroke, while worn in exactly the same position as with the other strokes.
SwimFin provides maximum support from below whilst encouraging balance and core strength
It acts like a keel on a yacht.
SwimFin will assist in the return to the safe vertical position by simply rolling them on to their fronts.
It can also act as a handle to help support the swimmer
WHAT IS THE YOUNGEST AGE SWIMFIN IS SUITABLE FOR?
We recommend that SwimFin is used on children aged 2 and above. However it can be used on any child once they have enough control over their own bodies, which can be as young as 18 months.
SwimFin has undergone extensive testing and is proven to work safely on children of all ages, sizes and abilities.
A legal requirement of the swimfin being tested as a buoyancy aid requires the packaging which the SwimFin comes in to state that it is not suitable for children under the age of 36 months, and in a weight range of 15-30 kgs.
Allways remember that children need constant supervision in and around water.
HOW DO I USE SWIMFIN WITH MY CHILD FOR THE FIRST TIME?
We strongly recommend that a parent, carer or teacher assist a child in the early stages until the child is comfortable with the SwimFin.
Once they are accustomed to the buoyancy they will know instinctively what to do, and that's when the freedom and the fun starts. Some kids pick this up instantly but younger children and the less confident may take a little longer.
There are no rules on how to use SwimFin - there should be a natural progression until the child lets you know when to let go. SwimFin works with all ages and abilities but the way it works for one child of a particular age and ability, can be totally different for a child of a different age and ability.
HOW SHOULD SWIMFIN BE FITTED?
Ideally, the higher up the back the better. As a guide line we suggest the top strap fits across the nipple/chest area.
CAN SWIMFIN BE WORN ON THE CHEST?
The SwimFin should NEVER be worn on the chest, as doing this makes returning to a standing or upright position difficult for the little swimmers.
HOW DOES SWIMFIN WORK WHEN SWIMMING BACKSTROKE?
SwimFin is worn on the back in the same position for all swimming strokes, even when doing backstroke. The SwimFin acts like a keel on a yacht, providing stability and support to the swimmer.
DO THE SWIMFIN'S STRAPS COME SUPPLIED?
Yes, every SwimFin comes with a standard size set of straps, which fit the average child.
WHAT IF THE SWIMFIN'S STRAPS ARE TOO BIG?
Pinch the ‘hoop’ part of the velcro together, i.e. shorten the length of the strap by pinching it in the middle. Then attach it to the ‘hook’ part of the velcro as usual.