Once your child is old enough to stay upright and lift their head above the water, they are ready to try a float vest. Unlike arm bands that hold your child's arms above their chest and restrict arm movement, float vests fit snugly around the torso, allowing for a full range of motion.
A float vest helps allow your child to swim naturally in the water while providing extra buoyancy as they learn to swim. You will be able to hold your child's hands while the vest keeps them afloat as they learn to kick in the water. As they become more confident, you will be able to let go, knowing that the swim vest will keep them afloat.
Float vests are great for older children and adults who enjoy snorkeling because they provide stability and comfort while exploring the water for extended periods of time
Safety tips for using a float vest
The following are some important tips to increase safety when using a float vest.
▷Look for a swim vest with extra sun protection.
▷Check that the vest has a safety harness at the top of the zipper to help prevent children from unzipping and slipping out of the vest.
▷Make sure the float vest fits properly, which will prevent the vest from going up and covering your child's chin and provide optimal buoyancy.
▷Choose an vest made of soft neoprene fabric as this will not only provide extra warmth in colder water, but will also prevent scrapes because the material is so soft.
▷Always supervise your child when they are in or near the water.