Swimming pool toys are not just for fun; they are also a great way to help your child become a more confident swimmer. We take a look at some of the best toys you can buy this summer for endless hours of fun in the water!
Little Squirts are designed for children who are new to the water. They suck up water before squirting it out again – a harmless, fun way for little ones to become used to the feel of being in the water. We hear from plenty of parents who use these at bath time as well as down at their local pool!
Peppa and George Soakers
Kids love these soakers, which are based on the characters from the ever-popular Peppa Pig TV programme. They are soft to the touch, and soak up water and make a fun splash when thrown into the pool, helping younger children adapt to the water with the help of Peppa P
The Floatsuit is hugely popular with parents across the UK who have young children learning to swim. The product is noted for its excellent safety features whilst being comfortable, bright and visible, fun to wear - and also affordable.
With 2 inflatable chambers within the front and back of the suit, the floatsuit allows complete freedom of movement when swimming and peace of mind for parents. As your child’s skills and confidence in the water increases, parents can gradually reduce the amount of air in the suit, making the transition to swimming freely seamless. And with UPF50+ fabric - the highest level of sun protection found in the clothing, the team at Zoggs are please to be recognised by the awards for the products extensive features.
The next stage...
The awards organisers are now moving towards the consumer testing phase, during which members of the public will get to trial the nominees' products and judge the ultimate winners for themselves. The team at Zoggs are keeping their fingers firmly crossed for lots of votes!
This is your chance to have your say and to let the awards organisers know which products you really rate and value. The public vote will also determine the winner of the Consumer Choice award, which will run alongside the gold, silver and bronze awards that are judged by the awards panel and the product testers.
Zoggs eCommerce & Digital Marketing Manager, and mum of three Jocelyn Kirby shares her journey from non-swimmer to successfully completing her first swimathon.
As a child I didn’t have swimming lessons. I was happy to jump in and play around and could do an odd doggy paddle-crawl hybrid stroke to get myself back to the side of the pool again, which at the time, seemed to be good enough. I missed out on a few things as a child because I couldn’t swim – the canoeing on the school camping trip when I was 12 and my friends’ swimming parties at Coral Reef in Bracknell; but it wasn’t enough for me to ask my parents for lessons.
And so that was that! I went through my teenage years avoiding deep water scenarios and as a young adult did not feel confident enough to want to get into a swimming costume in public. In my early twenties I tried a few times to get myself swimming but no matter how hard I tried, I didn’t seem able to manage more than half a length of frantic breaststroke which got me nowhere and probably looked more like drowning than swimming. I’m pretty certain that on a few occasions the lifeguards were ready to jump in and rescue me!
Then I had kids.
I was determined that they wouldn’t grow up to be the floundering, scared of the deep-end, non-swimmer that I was. So as soon as they were old enough to go in the water without me (at our swim school this was aged 3), I signed them up for lessons.
In less than a term they were swimming unaided for a width of the small pool. That’s when it really hit me. If I didn’t learn to swim properly, my children would be better swimmers than me in no time.
With my thirtieth birthday just around the corner, I bit the bullet and signed up for swimming lessons. Three years on and I have completed the 2014 2.5k Swimathon (that’s 100 lengths of a 25m pool!), am just about venture into open water and find myself working at Zoggs."