We’ve had so much fun this summer, as family ambassadors for SwimFin! The School Boy has been using this swimming aid in his lessons for several months now, and while The Preschooler was yet to get her hands on one, she knew what they were. Safe to say both were very excited to be offered the chance to use one outside of official lessons too! We love swimming as a family, and we go as often as we can, more so since I joined up to the local gym and pool. This is the splashing tale of our #SwimFinSummer…
What it is
The SwimFin is a swimming aid designed to help learners adopt a better position in the water. So there is no need for arm bands, or pool noodles, or floats. The kids LOVE this. I mean, who wouldn’t rather be a shark when they swim? Hence all the kids wanting a fin during lesson time! Much more fun. And on a sensible note, the SwimFin is a flotation device that meets all the necessary standards, and is a reliable teaching aid too.
How it works
The more submerged the SwimFin is, the more support it is giving. At the moment, The Preschooler is just beginning her lessons, so she is still learning how her body needs to be positioned in the water. Mostly she is vertical, so the SwimFin is almost totally under the water. The important thing is that she is NOT submerged at all. The SwimFin keeps her up, head out of the water so that she can focus on using her arms and legs to move through the water.
The Preschooler has been having lessons for a while now, but he still sometimes struggles with his confidence. So his SwimFin is less submerged, but still supporting his body and encouraging a better, more horizontal position in the water.
The SwimFin can be used for all abilities and for multi strokes too. The less submerged it is, the less it is needed- so it’s easy to see your child’s progress, and to know when your child is better able to swim unaided.
The SwimFin is available in a range of colours. We chose:
So we were asked to be SwimFin ambassadors this summer, and the kids and I jumped at the chance. Already knowing how much they were helping The School Boy with his confidence, I knew that any extra practise we could get would be beneficial. So this summer we have taken our fins all around the UK!
We’ve used them in hot tubs in the forest:
Technically, no swimming was required in the hot tub, but for me it was a little extra peace of mind knowing that The Preschooler was totally safe for the short while we were in there. And it was also a great opportunity for her to try it out, see how it feels on her body and get used to it before we hit bigger waters.
What we also noticed at the forest, was how wonderful the SwimFin is for imaginative play! Every morning these two played ‘sharks’ and could not wait to chase each other with their fins on. The role play opportunities must not be overlooked! Yes it is a swimming aid, but the SwimFin is also a fantastic confidence boosting device too. We found creativity and imagination was trebled and this seeped over into the water too. For a boy who after two years of lessons still hated to put his face into the water, to gladly play sharks with his face submerged was amazing! And out of the water, The Preschooler’s speech and language was coming on leaps and bounds too.
The kids also visited the sea this summer. It looks cold, but it really wasn’t that bad! Cue lots more imaginative play, and amazing confidence soaring above the waves!
The Preschooler especially feels a lot more ‘grown up’ with her fin, because she no longer needs arm bands, and she doesn’t need to be held or guarded around water as much any more either. She is allowed to roam free as a shark!
In fact, both of them have gained in confidence this summer.
What we think
We LOVE the SwimFin. The Preschooler and The School Boy are both so very different. The former is very confident and believes she is able to jump into a pool and swim (she isn’t, not yet) but she has a few speech and communication issues at the moment- so the SwimFin is helping her enormously. Both to stay safe in the water without dampening her ethusiasm or chipping at her confidence, and to encourage more role play and verablisation of thoughts and feelings too. It’s been lovely to watch her play.
The School Boy has always loved imaginative play, but lacks confidence in the water. The SwimFin has been helping him during his lessons as he has a real fear of sinking in the pool. Hopefully with more and more practise using the fin, he will start to gain in confidence and improve his positioning enough to become a stronger swimmer. Certainly, being a shark has given him motivation to jump right in and splash around, which is huge for him!
The SwimFin doesn’t just support children physically in the water. It supports them emotionally too, and helps them to believe that they can conquer anything. Imaginative play, motivation and confidence abound when they wear their fins. You can buy one online from SwimFin.co.uk for just £21.99, and there are back packs to go with them too.
We were sent two SwimFins to review. All opinions are my own.