The benefits of using floatation aids
Welcome to the second instalment in our series of aquatic alphabet blogs! This time, SwimNE will be keeping your knowledge of water safety and skills buoyant by chatting all about FLOATATION AIDS and why they are an invaluable support for your child in the water.
Whatever floats your boat…
REMEMBER: If you see your child using floatation aids in one of our lessons, this doesn’t mean they can ‘no longer swim’ or that they have lost their momentum – even the most advanced swimmers use floatation aids in their training: Check out Olympic swimmer, Liam Tancock and GB coach, Ben Titley, as they demo how to swim like a PRO using a kickboard and a pull buoy!
Floatation aids: WATER they used for?
Whether they are intended for non-swimmers to strengthen their skills and build their confidence in the water, or for established swimmers working to perfect their technique, our swimming teachers use floatation aids for a multitude of reasons and in very different ways. Here’s a fab instructor, Kate, to tell you more!
So, the next time you see your child using a floatation aid, just think of the following:
Focus. Floatation aids allow your child to focus on other things aside from keeping themselves buoyant in the water. With this freedom, they can practice keeping the correct body position and improve their leg and arm movements. As they support your child whilst floating, floatation aids ensure safe practice while swimming – which is especially important if your little swimmer is nervous in and around the water.
Legs. All floatation aids – Woggles, Kickboards, SwimFins, Pull Buoys – can isolate the legs and allow swimmers to strengthen and correct their leg actions across the four different strokes.
Optimise your child’s time in the water. Floatation aids help swimmers maintain their stability so that they can devote more energy to practicing how certain movements create different effects and get the most out of their swimming lessons.
Arms. SwimFins and Pull Buoys allow swimmers to focus on their arm actions, build upper body strength and perfect the position of their arms as they enter and exit the water.
Technique. Introducing a floatation aid into swimming practice ensures that swimmers can fine-tune their swimming technique, enhancing their strength and stamina within the water.
Float to Live
Practicing water safety with floatation aids in swimming pools is all very well – but what about in open water environments? There are various floating positions that swimmers can perform in open water that may prove to be lifesaving. This summer, SwimNE will be delivering Swim Safe 2018 – a free, outdoor swimming project that offers water safety and skills sessions to young people aged 7-14. With events running at Longsands, Tynemouth and Sanhaven, South Shields, Swim Safe is a wonderful way for your swimmer to learn more about the importance of floating – and many other swimming techniques –so that they can stay safe while swimming outdoors. To find out more and to book, take a look at Swim Safe’s website and #swimsafethissummer.
For more information about the importance floating, check out RNLI’s recent campaign ‘Float to Live’ here