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so swim vests or those swimming discs?

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nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 00:06:23

pretty much everyone has said no to arm bands but i have heard contradicting things whether the vests or the dics that go on their arms are best. what do you lot all reckon?

cornsilk Mon 14-May-07 00:07:32

I found vests were good when they were little, then discs when they were about 3.

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 02:13:24

i think someone told me with the vests they can't lift their head out of the water very well.

McDreamy Mon 14-May-07 05:31:09

what are discs? (sorry being a bit dense no doubt)

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 09:41:34

swimming discs

LIZS Mon 14-May-07 09:47:09

discs work like armbands and then remove gradually as they become mroe confident. How old is the child ? tbh many places teach without buyancy aids and use just woggles and/or traditional floats instead.

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 09:51:01

they are for a friends ds who is 2.

Tommy Mon 14-May-07 12:11:12

why have I been called over to this thread? [puzzled]

Hulababy Mon 14-May-07 12:13:53

DD has used swim vests rather than arm bands/discs from being about 2. I was told it gave children a better position in the waterm and you can gradually reduce the numbe rof floats in the vest as they grow with confidence.

snorkle Mon 14-May-07 14:39:52

Hi nappyaddict - I'm still here, but dd created an account on mumsnet and was snooping on what I'd been saying; so I stopped for a while & all old posts deleted.

I've seen all methods used successfully. I think the mains pros and cons for each are as follows:

armbands +: builds confidence quickly;
kids stay the right way up.
armbands -: restricts arm movements;
kids get dependent on them;
parents always seem to fully inflate them.

disks +: as armbands, but less bulky;
less bulky = less retrictive;
easier to reduce number in use.
disks -: arms still a bit restricted;
more expensive than armbands.

suits +: good body position;
free use of arms;
easy to reduce floats gradually.
suits -: kids can 'capsize';
fiddly to move all floats each session for a bouyancy free spell;
usually most expensive.

I used the suits for mine, need more eagle eyed supervision in the early stages I think, but all systems can work well imo.

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 16:46:22

someone told me you taught swimming tommy lol. i take it you don't.

Tommy Mon 14-May-07 16:54:46

I used to nappyaddict (who told you?!)

FWIW, my preference is no arm bands but my two DSs have managed pretty well with the floaty vest things - a zip up style (looks like a life jacket).


christywhisty Mon 14-May-07 17:20:32

My 2 started swimming lessons as babies (DS 1st birthday and DD 6 mos) The lessons provided the discs and would definitely recommend them.

Frizbe Mon 14-May-07 17:21:27


mummydoit Mon 14-May-07 17:55:25

My two have discs for their swimming lesson. I would recommend them.

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 18:01:17

what lizs said about a lot of places using traditional floats is interesting. would you say they are better than vests or arm bands?

Tommy Mon 14-May-07 18:07:24

I think it depends what you're looking from a swim aid. A traditional float will help with body position and style but a "hands free" aid like a vest if you are just swimming for fun - getting confidence up etc. They can play and jump in more easily if they're not holding onto a float

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 18:09:50

how can they do their arms if they are holding onto a float though?

christywhisty Mon 14-May-07 18:11:28

Nappy addicts baby is only 10months, you can't use a float or woggle with a baby!
The classes we go to they use discs in the babies and the children learning water confidence as well as woggles. The more confident children use woggles and floats.

christywhisty Mon 14-May-07 18:14:08

Sorry i am contradicting myself, meant babies can't really use floats. We used to use woggles with the discs in the mother and baby lessons.

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 18:30:25

its not for my baby lol! its for my friends ds who is 2 and a half.

nappyaddict Mon 14-May-07 18:31:30

so you use woggles AND discs? that would give extra safety i suppose.

christywhisty Mon 14-May-07 18:46:16

The woggle is more for play and not used through the whole lesson.Later on they use it by itself when the child is more confident.

Christie Mon 14-May-07 19:23:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Surfermum Mon 14-May-07 19:29:01

Can I throw another option in the mix? I used one of these for dd:
\link{\backfloat - it was great.

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