At The Swim Academy we discourage the use of floaties. They are fine if used as a toy, but they are NOT a replacement for swim lessons for learning how to swim. Here are a few reasons why we believe floaties are not a good idea.
- They are not dependable. If your child becomes reliant on floaties and something goes wrong they are going to be in a bad situation in the water. Examples of what could go with the floaties are deflation, or the child’s arms sliding out of them.
- Floaties can give the child too much confidence, and make them feel like they are safe when they might not know the dangers that come with using them.
- Being horizontal in the water is the natural position for swimming. When using floaties it forces the child into a vertical position. If someone is going to become a confident swimmer it is an absolute must for them to be comfortable being horizontal in the water.
- They are not coast guard approved, which is why they are considered a toy not a safety device.