This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Summer is here and the kids keep asking to go over to their friend’s house to swim. We can only go using constant caution, while most of their friends can swim now. They want to hang out at the beach and play but we rarely go because keeping an eye on two kids that can’t swim seems impossible. Safety is key.
Since neither of them still know how to swim yet, I’d rather take them to the splash pad. But that is not realistic, is it? I never “learned” how to swim, probably because my mother had a fear of swimming and didn’t push the idea on me. Since I loved the ocean, I taught myself to stay above water. But these days, that is not enough and there are too many risks. I can’t take a chance. But my kids refuse lessons. In fact, my five-year-old insists that he can swim, however, he cannot. I try to explain to him that swimming is not the same as playing on the pool steps or on the shoreline at the beach. Neither of my children are confident once they realize that they cannot swim. It’s like taking steps back.
I really want them to feel empowered. But their safety is more important than anything to me. They love the water, especially playing with other kids, but I hesitate to take them to the pool. I’ve tried swim lessons, vests, wings, etc and the only thing that has worked is the SwimWays Swim Step 3 Power Swimr.
My son’s confidence skyrocketed since incorporating SwimWays Swim Step 3 into his swim routine. The Power Swimr also gave me the confidence to let him go off by himself and venture out while using the 9 removable floats (still, while not taking my eyes off of him). He stopped asking for help and focused on trying to swim. The graduation flotation helped his confidence so much he kept asking to remove more floats. It’s like training wheels for the pool. It’s easy to slip on, with adjustable cords and a support strap for a snug fit.
SwimWays’ National Learn to Swim Day and the 6th annual day just took place on May 20, 2017 helping children learn how to swim and promoting water safety. Besides the Swim Step Power Swimr, SwimWays has other swimming tools such as the Swim Sweater and the Swim Vest. The Swim Sweater has been around for 50 years and has two pre-swimming positions. The Swim Vest has foam inserts to provide balance flotation.
With continued use of SwimWays Swim Step 3, I believe he will be swimming like a fish by the end of the summer. We will then pass it to his brother, who is using the Swim Sweater.
If you’re looking for a no nonsense way of giving your kids the tools to swim, you can find SwimWays products at Toys R Us in-store and online. To learn more about SwimWays products, check out the video below.