There are several ways to assist a young swimmer or a young person that has not yet learned to swim. There are two main devices that people have used to help kids learn to swim or to keep their kids safe in the pool.
The Bubble was invented back in 1955 and is nothing more than a floatation device that is strapped to the body. The strap goes around the front of the body and the floatation portion is on the back of the child.
It was very popular for many years and did not lose any significant popularity until other variations came along. It is still a very popular way of teaching kids to swim and keeping them safe at the same time.
Despite the crazy name, these are another very popular floatation and swimming aid. Rather than a single floating unit, there are two and they are placed on the upper arms of the child. This provides two bilateral areas of support.
Swimmies are a brand name of inflatable armband. Their predecessor was invented in 1907, but did not gain a good deal of popularity much later than that. They, like the Bubble, lost a little popularity when the market was flooded with alternatives in recent years.
Experts do speak against these as an all-around safety device. If the parent is always near, then they are just fine.
Teaching a child to swim
In general, the smaller the child, the better Swimmies will be for them. This is because the Bubble has a more up front center of gravity. The shorter the child’s neck, the more prone the Bubble will be to force their head downward.
This is true for very small children and even babies that are in a pool with an adult. The dual center of gravity that comes from using Swimmies is less likely to force the head and front of the body downward. Also, very small children are likely not actively trying to learn to swim, but rather having fun in the water.
When it comes to actually attempting to swim, the Bubble restrains that arms less against the swimming motion and simply adds support. As long as the child is strong enough to keep their head up then the Bubble is a very good choice.
When an adult is teaching a child to swim without any aids, they generally hold the child under the belly and chest with their hands. The Bubble is the closest to duplicating this style of support. The only difference is that the support is coming from above, rather than below.
Some of the best swimming courses use a Boogie board to teach children to kick properly. The Bubble operates in much the same way while leaving the arms available to practice their movement. Bear in mind again that the Swimmies make it slightly more difficult to get an effective arm stroke going for small children.
It has been proven that the younger a child starts in the water, the quicker and easier that they pick up on the proper movements for swimming. It is a natural instinct for humans that gets lost over time. With the right safety and the right supervision, a child can become a proficient swimmer in very little time.
For the smallest of children, using Swimmies will provide the best protection against accidents and drowning while giving the right support for their small frames. This is best until a child has developed regular and strong neck strength.
The bigger that a child gets, the more they will be adapted to the use of the Bubble. This is most likely the best device for children over the age of 2. The Bubble gives the best support while leaving the child able to use their arms and legs in the least restrained fashion.
Everyone should keep in mind that even a child that can swim as well as an adult does not have the strength and endurance of an adult. They will tire more quickly and will not be able to judge their remaining energy levels.
A child can quickly become strained in the water and unable to make it to the side. There must always be an adult present and completely aware of everything that is happening.
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