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I have been teaching my daughters to swim during the summer holidays but our local pool is very quite due to it being private as it belongs to the RAF. They don't do swimming lessons for kids only adults but did notice they were using foam rings around there arms instead of arm bands they looked good and after some research i found the delphin swim aid foam rings.
The rings cost around £3.99 each but a sold single i needed three rings per arm for both girls that's twelve in total so cost a small fortune in the end way more expensive than arm bands but much better.
The delphin foam rings come in different colours red, green, blue and orange, however i stuck to all red.
The foam rings come in different sizes small, medium and large for kids and one size for adults. There is material on the inside of the rings like wet suit type material, these grip the arms when wet and in the water, they are comfortable to put on and off.
They are made from very light foam and the weigh nothing that how light they are. The recommendation for beginners including adults is three rings on each are and as you become more capable and confident you should remove a ring from each arm.
Both girls have done great and now on two rings per arm. I feel these really work as you can bring a ring off and when you have arm bands on and these are removed its swim or sink can really knock a childs confidence, at least this way with loads of praise they feel more confident at swimming and in the water.
Teaching them how to swim has been made a lot easier with these rings.
I highly recommend the delphine swim aid rings.
Delphin Swim Discs cost around £4 - £5 for a set that usually includes 6 armbands in 3 colours (2 of each colour).
The one and only thing I hated about going swimming when I was a learner were those horrible, skin wrenching, scratchy cornered inflatable armbands one had to wear to stop one from drowning. They were so uncomfortable, trying to learn how to swim was impossible! You could learn how to "move about" in the water, but try doing front crawl or backstroke (the "easy" ones) - if you could actually do one full arm rotation with an inflatable armband on you would probably loose an eye. I actually complained many times that I would learn better without them. Unfortunately this wasn't true.
Now I'm sure that mum didn't over look these Delphin Swim Disc swimming aids, or put me through the pain of the inflatable ones, on purpose. They have apparently been used for over 25 years but I have only found out about them recently through work. If mum had realised there was an alternative to having to buy new armbands every two to three times that we went swimming, I think she would have taken it!
Comfort: First of all the swim discs are comfortable. They do slide around a little, especially once they have been used a few times, but they do not hurt or cause discomfort. The inner grip of the floats are made out of "a hot-formed and skin-friendly soft polyethylene material". This makes them great for swimming teachers to use in lessons as you can get them on and off of the children without any fuss. There is a nack to putting on inflatable armbands easily but the swim discs are so simple and it's impossible to mess anything up.
Sizes: Where there are different sized inflatable armbands for different ages and buoyancy, a swim disc is one size and designed to fit all children up to 12 years old or 60kg. More or less of the swim discs can be worn depending on level.
Storage: Much more convenient than inflatables. They have flat sides and so can be stacked (funny image in my head of someone trying to stack waterwings).
Value: When they are damaged/chipped they still work, unlike waterwings.
Other: They are available in different colours making them eyecatching to children. Multiple swim discs can be worn and removed as a reward. They enable far greater flexibility to learners so stronger swimming can be developed earlier.
Easier for a child to remove swim discs in the water than inflatable armbands.