Our Recommended Floatation Devices

Our Recommended Floatation Devices

Arm Bands

  • A cheap and easy option, but one that might need replacing as they can easily be damaged.
  • Traditional ‘V’ design makes them easy to slip on and off. We have a range of armbands with groovy characters, which will put a smile on your child’s face.
  • You can reduce the amount of air in them, but it can be tricky to judge how much to take out.

Swimming Discs

  • An easy to get on, foam version of armbands, which are difficult to damage. We recommend Zoggs float discs, which are comfortable and are sure to increase your child’s water confidence.
  • They allow balanced buoyancy on each side; initially two or three are used on each arm which are then reduced as the child gains confidence.
  • Often used by swim schools as can control reducing buoyancy.

Back Floats

  • A fantastic way of helping the body to get in the correct swimming position, these are much less restrictive than arm flotation.
  • These come in a range of different shapes, making them great fun for children. After all who wouldn’t like to have a shark’s fin to help them swim? Check out these SwimFins, what’s not to love?!
  • Although some of these only work for a set age/weight range, others give you the option to reduce the flotation as your child gains confidence, such as the Zoggs backfloat.


  • An excellent way of building skills for both swimmers and non-swimmers; perfect for adults and children alike. We recommend Zoggs ones, as they come in a variety of different colours.
  • These are a great way of making learning fun because they can be used in lots of different ways; brilliant for swimming on your front and back, and even for riding on!
  • Most woggles are made from foam so really durable, but you can buy inflatable ones which are perfect for holidays.

Swimbabes Floatation


  • Kickboards will encourage your child to swim through the practice of pro-active kicking, whilst also keeping your kid afloat. We offer them with a range of much loved characters on which your kids are guaranteed to love!
  • They are brilliant for increasing your child’s strength, stamina and confidence in the pool.


  • Perfect for children who are nervous and prefer not to be low in the water.
  • Offer a more structured flotation aid for reducing flotation with double rows of floats as the swimmer progresses.
  • Ideal for holidays or days out around water as they are worn and offer a good deal of support. We stock Splash About UV sun protection suits, which not only help your little one swim, but also help protect them from the harmful sun.
  • They do keep the swimmer more upright, so getting the position right will take time and confidence.

All of these devices have strengths and weaknesses. There is no one right or wrong. The one that is right is the one that works for your child at the stage of development they are at. For more details, please check out our flotation devices at or feel free to email our helpful staff for more advice to


Published at 8 Jun 2017 | Posted by Laura

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