Posted on May 27, 2013

This Mummy Loves… SwimFin

Review/ Toddlers

A few weeks ago we were sent a Swimfin to review. the request came at a funny time as we had just been on holiday for a week and I saw a baby in the pool with a sharks fin on and wondered what they were, so when we were asked I jumped at the chance as I was very intrigued by them! Initially I thought it would be perfect for Bugs to try out but as soon as Boo saw it she had to have a go to of course 😉

What is a SwimFin? I hear you cry…

SwimFin is a teaching aid, flotation device and fun water toy all in one. It should be worn high on the back, above the centre of gravity. This way it will ‘suspend’ the child in the water – it will not tip a child forward if worn correctly.

The most important thing about SwimFin is this: the more sub-merged it is, the more support it is giving. This means when the child is vertical, doggy paddling through the water, SwimFin will be almost completely submerged, giving maximum support. As the child’s body position becomes more horizontal, SwimFin comes out of the water giving less support. This means the child is swimming more for themselves with less and less assistance. And Swimfin never has to be inflated, deflated, or need to have additional support added or removed as with armbands/discs, body vests etc.

Boo ready to test out the Swimfin

Boo ready to test out the Swimfin

Both Boo and Bugs have swimming lessons. Bugs is still early stages as he isn’t even three yet and Boo has just received her 15m badge and has been swimming for 3 years, I have tried the SwimFin on both of them and they both love it! I couldn’t get any photos of them in the pool with it as we aren’t allowed to take photos at our pool so I grabbed a couple of Boo in the changing room!

I took the SwimFin to Bugs’s swimming lesson for him to try it and as soon as our teacher saw it she couldn’t sing their praises high enough! She has used them and really rates them!

The SwimFin is so easy to use, you just strap it around the childs body using the two velcro straps (it was a little tight on Boo but you can buy larger straps for older children)

Bugs really loved wearing the SwimFin and it really did lift him in the water and gave him so much support! It gave him more confidence to move around in the pool and he was very happy to wear it! The fin was completely submerged with him giving him the most support, with Boo the fin was out of the water for most of the time as she can swim so she gets less support – she really loved swiming up to her friends wearing the fin pretending she was a shark! It’s more fun factor for Boo with the added bonus that she is supported too!

We really love the SwimFin and I honestly cannot recommend it enough! If you have a child who needs extra confidence in the water then this is really perfect and FUN too!

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I couldn’t help but hum the Jaws theme tune 😉

Where can you buy the SwimFin?

Head over to the SwimFin website where you can buy the fin in seven different colours for £21.99 with free UK delivery.

Huge thanks to SwimFin for letting us try one – we love it and will continue to use it for safety and fun! 🙂

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4 Comments

  • Reply NYLon Living June 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I think this is fab! My daughter is 7 (but on small side so more like a 5/6 year old) and she’s afraid of the water. Do you think this will be too small for her? I am determined to get her to swim this summer since the older she gets, the more dangerous it will be — everyone assumes that older kids can swim. I just need her to be able to swim enough for someone to reach her if she ever gets in trouble.

    • Reply Sonia June 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      I think it would be fine for her hon as Maisie is a big girl, I’m buying her 9-10 clothes now and it still fits her. You can buy larger straps too though for when she does get to big 😉

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  • Reply Musings from a Mum May 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My oldest son’s swim teacher used to have these and my son loved using it and was soon swimming well without. When my twins started swimming I bought one and my now 4 yo twin son still absolutely loves it, it gives him confidence, is comfortable to wear and he thinks its pretty cool to be a shark too, which in the early days really helped him overcome his reticence to get in the water. My twin daughter preferred a swim vest but I think that was her being contrary as her twin liked it so much.

    I’m always extolling their virtues and get lots of questions about it when at swimming pool!

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