Product Type: Zoggs Outdoor Toy
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Fantastic flying floating seals
Zoggs Seal Flips
Member Name: jillycat
Zoggs Seal Flips
Advantages: Help learn water confidence aid with learning to swim well made
We have been using these Seal flips with our son for about a year now so I thought it was time I wrote about how good they are and how much fun they bring him when we go swimming. Just a quick note these are in the outdoor toy section and whilst we have used them in an outdoor swimming pool we generally unless it is a sunny day use them in an indoor pool.
What are they?
These are five little cute plastic seals they really look a lot like a child's drawing of a flying saucer but with seal whiskers, nose and goggles on the top and bottom of them. The two sides of the seal are different colours e.g. blue seal on one side and a yellow one on the other. The seals are designed for them to float on the top off the water in the pool and then for you to dunk your face down into the water and blow on them to turn them over. They are intended to help your child gain water confidence especially with lowering their face into the water
My son had tried swimming lessons at our local pool when he was about 20 months old but he found the lessons a bit overwhelming and didn't seem to enjoy them. However he loved been taken to the pool so we decided we would try to do some teaching ourselves and wait for a more formal swimming lesson when he was a bit older. When we were looking at things to help him gain confidence in the water these seals kept coming up in the searches so cashing in some dooyoo miles for Amazon vouchers I bought some.
The first time we took them to the pool our son just watch my husband and I blow the seals over. He on this occasion was more interested in collecting them up when they had been thrown in the toddler pool. However we kept taking them for a few weeks every time we went swimming and gradually he gained the confidence to try to blow them over himself. It would take generally 3 or 4 attempts with blowing to get them to turn as he wouldn't lower his face in to the water far enough so would be blowing down wards on the seals which doesn't make them turn. As he gradually got the knack of blowing at the side of the seals thin edge it would take him less and less turns to get them over. Now after using them for over a year he has it down to a fine art and can blow these over without any problems at. The seals seem to have done their job very well in regards to getting him confident about lowering his face into the water as he now has no problems jumping in from the side of the pool with his arm bands on. However more importantly for learning to swimming he has learnt that it is OK and nothing bad will happen if he puts his face down into the water and kick his legs when he wants to move. He hasn't as yet learnt the art of taking a breath in and then blowing out by just lifting his head and taking another breath whilst remaining flat and still kicking. What he does at the moment is to hold his breath lowers his face into the water goes flat and kicks his legs to then return to an upright position when he is out of breath before repeating the same process. I am sure with time he will move on to the next stage but I am happy the seals have helped him get as far as he has now.
He still plays with the seals when we go swimming doing some blowing over of them but they are now used for us to throw around the pool for him to try to swim to collect them and bring back to mummy or daddy. Often at times he will use a float to rest these on and taken them for a swim which I have to say looks very cute.
We have had these for over a year and I would say they are used on average once a week by us and they are still a bright and cheerful colour there has been some wear and tear to the whiskers and goggles with bits of the darker colouring wearing off but I am pleased with how well they hold up.
I would definitely recommend these to parents with young children who are learning to swim. We have found these cute little seals have definitely helped our son learn some water confidence with lowering his face into the water. He is now gradually learning with them to blow in and out with his face half in the water whilst kicking with his legs. They are very robust and seem to be lasting well. They are fun to use for young children with their bright and colourful design and can be used to play various games in the pool to aid water confidence. At around £5-6 depending on the sports stockist they are good value and worth every penny I think
Summary: Cute little seals that have helped my son gain confidence in the water that are fun to play with