How My Kids Are Getting More Confident in the Water This Summer
Blog - June 20, 2017

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.

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  1. I have never heard of this company before but that product looks awesome! I am always looking for new and safe products, especially because I seem to never takes eyes off of my son as well! They are so curious and mischievous! I’m glad you found a product that helped to put your mind at ease! I am definitely going to check out this brand’s products the next time I am out. Thanks for the great tip!

  2. This was a fun read for me. I grew up in the Mediterranean and there nobody cares all too much about safety. You just get chucked into the water. LOL! In all seriousness, it’s great to see all these little helpers in the stores that were not present when I was a kid – which is not even that long ago considering I am 35. All I had were those god awful orange inflatable arm bands and I hated them so much that I learned how to swim extremely quickly.

  3. We love all types of water/pool toys. It took a while for my children to really like being in that water, now they spend most of their days in the pool and it’s fun!

  4. SwimWays looks like a fantastic swim aid. I would have loved one for my Son when he was little. I will have to share this with my friends with little ones.

  5. I want to get my son into the water this summer. We went to the lake this weekend and it was so much fun. It was the first time he’s ever really been in open water. I need to get SwimWays for him!

  6. Swimways has awesome products for the kids and it gives parents peace of mind knowing that their kids are safe in the water. It’s definitely important to have these around during the summer.

  7. Keeping kids safe while in the water is so important. My kids learned to swim as infants just about, I couldn’t keep them out of the water. Now that I have grand kids, I’m going to check out SwimWays for them because some of them haven’t taken swimming lessons yet and they have a pool so it’s a concern of mine.

  8. It’s amazing that they have been around for 50 years yet I’ve never heard of them. What a wonderful way to help kids learn a lifesaving skill.

  9. It’s so crucial to teach kids about water safety as small children. I’m glad your children are learning confidence and are having a blast in the water.

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