“ Brand: ELC / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
Hollie doesn't really need a swim ring, she learnt a few basic strokes as a toddler and at four is fairly proficient now. This ring was part of a multi-buy deal in ELC recently however, ending up relatively free after I purchased a few Christmas presents for the two youngest kids.
It's a play thing rather than a life saving buoyancy aid, it's a basic blow-it-up-yourself swim ring that's inflated with a few puffs and fits fairly snugly around the waist. The ring is suitable for children from two years old, Hollie is a skinny four year old (with absolutely no hips) and she just slides the ring up - I suspect some of her chunkier friends would need to put it on deflated and have mum blow it up from there. I definitely think it's more a toddler sized ring, the hole isn't huge so even on a small child it's going to fit near to the body - this helps to keep it on, but looks quite restrictive even on Hollie's fatless tummy!
The design is a nice one; girly pink with a sweet seahorse and under Ocean theme, the underside of the ring is plain pink with the whole colour scheme being one that shouts 'girly girl'. AKA Hollie. No doubt there is a 'blue' version in ELC, but this very gender specific one is perfect for my daughter.
It holds the air well, the valve is one of those that you need to squeeze as you're blowing - when you release pressure on the valve it seals relatively fully to prevent air escaping while you have a breather! Once the ring is fully inflated (it really doesn't take long) you simply push the stopper in and push the whole flexible plastic nozzle into the body of the ring. It takes a little digging to get it back out when you want to deflate the ring so I'm confident it's not going to snag and release all the air while Hollie is wearing it.
She tells me it's comfortable to wear, and certainly looked like she'd forgotten she had it on while she was tearing around the garden during the crazy March heatwave of 2012! Thank god for no hosepipe ban in Birmingham, sometimes it's the only way to keep bored hot kids entertained! She wore the ring in the paddling pool and I noticed it did give her support sitting in the slightly deeper then usual water, we've used it in the swimming baths but it seems to hinder Hollie as she swims so I tend to leave it at home now and take a float for her to use instead.
It'll be dry before you are in the changing room and ready to pack away in no time. It's pretty bulky even when deflated so I sometimes just leave it blown up and let Hollie carry it out to the car.
As far as swim rings go I'm happy with it, it ended up being an exceedingly cheap purchase and I honestly can't think of any downfalls. Hollie is as pleased as punch with it (because it's pink and beautiful), she sometimes gets me to blow it up so she can play with it in the bath - it fits easily in our narrowish bath, which is an indication of how skinny the ring is. The usual price of £5 is probably fair enough; it's a high quality product that has been designed well and that's worth a fiver of anyones money, and anyway I don't have enough experience of buying swimming rings to really be able to comment on the price!
This swim ring allows your child to gain water confidence and makes them feel safer around the pool / Age range: From 2 years.