1. High Quality Children’s swim goggles (Speedo makes them for kids).
Cost: about $10. Many larger sporting goods stores will sell them. DO NOT use cheap leaky brands. They are counter productive. Link to Speedo’s website, kids goggles: http://www.speedousa.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3839604&ab=Speedo_HP_Skoogles
2. Before Swim Lesson Age: No to floaties/swim rings,
YES to Split Water Back Floats
The Split Water Back Float is designed to hold the swimmer in the correct position in water so the arms can be given more freedom than water wings or a life vest. The float is made with 4 pieces of foam, and the pieces can be removed as the child progresses in swimming ability. The float is made with closed cell foam, and is latex free. The belt is adjustable up to 42 inches and the floats measure 7″ x 8″ x 3″.
$10.50 each Order from Sprint Aquatics: http://www.sprintaquatics.com/prodinfo.asp?number=620
Why not Floaties/Swim Rings? – These devices actually retard a child’s progress for proper swimming. Though parents use these with good intentions, the problem lies in the fact that floaties are designed to keep the child vertical in the water, and a bent leg kick is then developed to navigate around the pool. When floaties are taken off, the child instinctively tries to kick the same way, and this kick forces her down under water and even greater fear sets in. Children who’ve not used floaties tend to learn about two to three times faster than the floaties kids. Not surprisingly this disclaimer is never found on the carton of floaties at the store.
3. Dive Rings
Sprint’s dive rings can help improve breath endurance, and promote better underwater swimming skills. The rings are made from durable and dense vinyl, with a weight to make them sink. They come in a set of 4, and each ring measures 5.5″ in diameter. The set comes in a clamshell package. $6.50 each, order from Sprint: http://www.sprintaquatics.com/prodinfo.asp?number=475
4. “Love to You”
Happy Swimmers Staff T-shirt
If you’d like one, ask our office. Approximate price $15 plus shipping.