Water Safety Month PSA: Drawbacks of Children Using Swimmies

Swimmies, also known as arm floaties, are a popular choice for parents who want to ensure their children's safety in the water. These inflatable bands are worn around a child's arms, providing buoyancy and helping them stay afloat. However, while they may seem like a good idea, there are several reasons why using floaties isn't a good idea.

  1. Floaties can create a false sense of security. Parents may assume that their child is safe with floaties on and become less vigilant. However, they are not a substitute for adult supervision. Accidents can still happen, and a child can quickly become overwhelmed in the water, even with floaties on.

  2. Floaties can create bad habits. Children may become reliant on them and not learn how to properly swim. They may also develop a habit of relying solely on their arms for buoyancy, which can hinder their ability to properly kick and develop proper swimming techniques.

  3. A child can forget they are not wearing their floaties and jump in the water. Without survival or swimming skills, a child may be vulnerable.

  4. They can be uncomfortable and restrict movement. They can rub against a child's skin and cause irritation, and they can also make it difficult for a child to move their arms freely.

Floaties may seem like a good idea for children who are learning to swim, but they can create a false sense of security, promote bad habits, be dangerous in certain situations, and be uncomfortable and restrict movement. Instead of relying solely on floaties, parents should ensure that their children receive proper swimming instruction and always supervise their children in the water. With the proper precautions and guidance, children can develop proper swimming skills and stay safe in the water.

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