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We have been using the Zoggs Zoggy Mini Kickboard with my son during his swimming lessons. He is only 3 years old and is unable yet to swim without armbands, but we have found that by using the Zoggs Mini Kickboard we are able to strip his armbands away and give him the option of being in the pool, with full adult supervision, without his armbands. So, he's been using this for the last few weeks and it has given him a new sense of freedom while in the pool. He does obvious need full supervision when using this, but with full supervision, it really is a product that can be an aid to learning how to swim. It cost me £7.50 from my local swimming pool, but I note it is sold on Amazon for just £5.49.
The Zoggs Mini Kickboard has a yellow base and has a child friendly print printed on the front of the board which features a dolphin, octopus, starfish, crab and turtle that is all in bright colours and look friendly. I like the appropriateness of the sea theme, and I think that Zoggy is the dolphin - or at least in my sons head it is! The idea of the board is that it can be held in front of the child while they kick their legs, or else it can be positioned under their chest to give them some buoyancy. The board is made of EVA foam which is both lightweight and also will float on the water easily and adds a lot of buoyancy. The board measures 28 cm x 22 cm and so it is small enough for a small child to carry and not to need any help carrying.
The kick board works very well and my son does enjoy using it. He was a little unsure to start with because it obviously does feel different to using the full support of armbands, but he has got used to it very quickly. He does swim by using the kick board held out at arms length in front of him and this means clutching onto the board. I do think it would be better if there was an area cut out for him to make grabbing on to it easier and also that there was something that could go around his wrist which means he can't just drop it. He also likes to have it put under his chest and chin and this gives him more support.
The EVA foam, at the present time, is perfectly clean, but there are other Zoggy kick boards that others use in the swimming pool that are starting to look a little grubby - and so I do think that this is a product that would need replacing if using for a long period of time.
Overall, i think this is a good product and I would recommend it for any child who is learning how to swim.
During the summer months, we spend most weekends at the seaside so rather than having to pack once a week, I tend to buy two of certain things so that I can keep one at home and one at the caravan. Although I don't take Lauren swimming in the sea, if the weather isn't great, we might go to the pool so I brought one of these for the caravan,
The float is really simple in design, bright yellow on one side and dark blue on the other. On the yellow side, there is the Zoggs logo in blue writing. It measures around 27cm x 23cm and is around 4 cm deep. I feel this is an ideal size for my daughter to be able to hold comfortably.
The board is made from Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, I have no idea what this is but it is like what the float you get at the baths or when you were younger is made of and not like what you can get some cheap body boards made from.
Initially, we used to get Lauren to hold the board on her tummy while she kicked her legs and swam on her back, as I said earlier, because of the thickness; it is really easy for her to hold and as this is the mini version, not too big. After using a couple of times, her confidence grew so much that we were able to remove her armbands and she can now swim on her back with just this. We have now started focusing on Lauren swimming on her front; she holds the board with our stretched arms in front of her and kicks her legs. Again, it was really easy for her to do this (we are just working on removing the armbands on this one at the minute). What I also like about this is it helps Lauren just focus on one area, for example, when we tried to teach her to swim initially, she was trying to move her arms, legs and put her face in the water and was only really able to do on thing at a time, with this, there is not that confusion or temptation to start moving her arms as they are occupied.
We purchased ours from Amazon for around £4.99 and free delivery; it is also available at places like Kiddicare and sports shops for a similar price. I think this is reasonable as we have a similar product at home from ELC which cost us £6.
Zoggs also do the kickboards in junior and adult sizes and again, I find these are reasonably priced.
Although we don't use this every weekend, it has still had quite a lot of usage yet it still looks like new, none of the writing has started to rub away nor has any of the foam started to come away etc.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone trying to learn to swim. It has really boosted my daughters confidence and helped improve her swimming so worth buying and worth the money (I would have probably paid more for it!).
I would give 5 out of 5 stars.
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When we were first teaching the little lad how to swim, as well as armbands, we started out with a Zoggs kickboard to help him. He initially lacked confidence in the water but with the aid of this kickboard that soon changed. We took him for regular swimming lessons at our local pool, with a proper qualified instructor, but me and his mum also took him along with us. We wanted our little lad to learn to swim as soon as he was old enough as both me and his mum didn't learn until we were adults and we found it quite hard.
We bought this board because we knew that Zoggs is a good make and also we were looking for a board that was chlorine resistant. Some of the boards provided by our local pool looked like they had been chewed through by an army of rats and to be honest, we didn't think they'd be much good. We much preferred that our little lad had his own board, as well as his own armbands.
The board was a good size for our little lad, who was six at the time he was using it. It is approximately 28cm x 23cm and approximately 3.5cm thick. Obviously not much good if you are an adult, but great for a lad of six. It was a bright yellow in colour and has the familiar Zoggs l logo emblazoned on the front. He was really chuffed with it and so was I, as I only paid £2.99 for it from our local sports shop.
We have since dispensed of the board by giving it to another child who is in the process of learning to swim but at the time he was learning it was definitely an invaluable item. We have since purchased another larger Zoggs kickboard because he likes the feel of it in the water with him but he doesn't really need it as a swimming aid any more, but it seems to give him that little bit of confidence he needs in the water still as he hasn't been swimming for that long anyway.
These are strong, durable and well made boards and they give him the confidence he needed to get started in the pool.
As any parent knows it is so important to teach your child to swim at a young age. It is especially important for us as our garden backs onto the canal. A typical child can take up to a year to learn to swim meaning swim aids are an important 1st step into the water.
Zoggs are a well known swimming brand and this board was specifically designed for swimming lessons so you can take it along with you when your child has a lesson at the local pool. No more half eaten borrowed boards from the council leisure centre! This board is also chlorine resistant so shouldnt fade or fall to pieces. I havent had mine that long so I cant comment on how long it will last.
I bought my Zoggs board a few weeks ago from Sainsburys for just £2.65 - a bargain! (At the min they have a third off. I also thought it would come in handy in our large paddling/swimming pool in the summer.
The mini board is bright yellow and blue with the Zoggs logo on. I find this really appeals to children and makes them want to use it in the pool. A few other parents have asked where to buy them.
Measurments for this board are 27 long x 22cm wide. The board is 3cm thick. Its size means it can easily fit into a bag to carry or take in the car. Those long thin tubes are a nightmare to carry about. You can use this board up til the age of 12 although I would suggest a larger board for children 10+.
I really like this product and would continue to buy Zoggs items - especially if you can get them discounted like I did with this one. Overall it is a great swim aid and any child would love to have one in the pool with them.
The Zoggs mini kickboard that I am reviewing is slightly different to the one pictured but the Dooyoo team have advised me to include it in this section.
The mini kickboard that we use with our 3 year old when we go swimming is part of the Zoggy range from Zoggs aimed at young children. The board itself is yellow in colour and measures 27.5cm x 22cm. As with all kickboards it has a curved front I think to help it cut through the water and to the rear of the board it has a curve cut out of it so it is easier to hold in the front of your face to allow you to swim with your face in the water. On the top of the kick board there are various colorful characters that are part of the Zoggs swim school logo's this includes a seal, crab, starfish, turtle and octopus. They all sport various swimming equipment such as goggles, armbands and kickboards to continue the swimming theme. These colorful characters are what attracted my son to choose this kickboard, if your child is a bit older however you may prefer to go for the plain yellow and blue one as pictured on the dooyoo picture. The kickboard itself is made from a nice light dense material that is called EVA and it fits easily into a standard size gym bag without any problems.
The pool test
I should first explain that we currently still use arm bands with our son and the kickboard is use alongside these to help him get used to kicking his legs to move in the water. As with all kickboards this isn't designed to help you float in the water it is there to help improve your swim technique.
The mini kickboard has been designed well for young children and my son finds it an ideal length to hold compared to the adult kickboards at the pool and is able to fit his hands around the sides of the board easily to hold without any problems. Some adult kickboards have holes cut away for the hands to go through to enable you to hold the kickboard. I am glad this board doesn't have this feature as I think for young hands it may mean they get tangled in it and could end up with hurt wrists. With this board my son is able to choose which way he holds it, either at the side or length ways with his forearms resting on the board. He seems at present to alternate between the two but which ever position he chooses he is able to use the board to help propel him through the water as he kicks his legs. At present we are just working on crawling legs and the float works well with this swimming style. I have used the board myself on occasions but find it too short for my forearms to rest on the board comfortably.
The board is also a nice length for my husband or I too place it under our young son's tummy to help him keep his body in a nice horizontal position in the water whilst he practices his swim kicks. The board floats well even with my son laid on it and he seems to like the fact that when this is under his tummy he is able to swim a lot further in a lot less time. I am hoping that he will gradually learn through using the kickboard in this way the correct placement of his body in the water for swimming. The board seems to hold up very well even supporting my son's weight and has now cracks in it from this treatment and floats nicely in the water.
We have had the board now for about 5 months and we generally go swimming once a week and it has shown no signs of being discoloured by the chlorine or any cracks in the surface. There are a few nicks in the EVA at the sides where it has been banged in the gym bag against some water bottles or swim toys but these do not in any way stop it working. The colourful characters that attracted my son to this float are still there as bright and cheerful as the first day so I am very pleased with how well it is holding up under the constant use and battering it takes in the gym bag.
The other way my son likes to use this kickboard is not really swimming but as a float to carry his swimming toys such as Zoggs seals as he has collected them from around the pool. The board acts as a raft for all these animals and toys and he pushes it in front of him and swims to the board and his toys.
I would definitely recommend this kickboard to help young children learn to swim and improve their swim technique with there kicking. It is well made and the colourful characters on the float appeal to young children. The small design is well suited to children learning to swim and enables them to hold the board correctly. The board various in price from £5 currently on Tesco's website to up to £10 in independent retailers so I would advise shopping around.
Zoggs mini kickboard swimming aid.
Although my children get swimming lessons once a week at the local pool quiet often me and my partner will take them at least twice a week for something too do. We usually go on a wednesday night and a sunday too, we do have access to the pools swim aids but i bought the girls their own to take. My girls are familiar with the zoggs mini kickboards because they already use them at the lessons.
Zoggs mini kickboard cost between £5.99 and £9.99. I paid £5.99 for our when sainsbury's had them on offer now reduced to £3.99 in store. You can also purchase the zogg mini kickboards from jjb sport shop, tesco, and zoggs online shop.
Zoggs mini kickboards are for children learning to swim, you can buy adult sized zogg boards too but these are perfect sized for the children.
The boards are bright yellow in colour, one side of the board has the zoggs label printed in blue and the main side has a picture of an octopus with some fish and bubbles around it. The boards look nice and child friendly with the pictures. They are made from foam, very lightweight, the idea of the kickboard is to float.
Zoggs mini kickboards are long shaped with a curve at the top so the board can glide through the waters surface, the bottom of the board is curved in the way a shaped like a fish tail.
Zoggs mini kickboards measure 11 inches tall and 8 inches wide making them perfect sized for all children of all ages although the cardboard they have wrapped around them when they were bought stated from aged four years plus and my girls are three but manage fine.
The idea of the mini kickboard is to have the child hold each side with their hands and keeping arms straight using them as a float whilst concentrating on kicking. The kickboard stays at the surface and allows the child room to put their head in and out of the water but gives stability so they can gain confidence whilst doing that. You can also use the board for floating by placing it under the childs chest allowing movement in the arms and legs but keeping there heads above water.
My girls love practising at the pool with the kickboards and i have seen a great improvement in their swimming especially the strength in their legs and speed when kicking.
I think the zogg mini kickboards are a great swimming aid and if your wanting to teach your children to swim on your own then i would recommend buying one of these. You can use the mini kickboards along with arm bands too.
We have a few zogg products from goggles to dive sticks and i feel they are great value for money, durable and great for teaching.
I highly recommend the zoggs mini kickboards.
As a family, we don't really manage to go swimming very often, although it is getting a bit easier now the kids are a bit older. When my youngest was born, the other two were only aged 2 and 4 respectively, so going on a swimming trip used to be a bit of a logistical nighmare and usually involved some sort of "poo" incident, which put us off going too often! Unfortunately, this means that my kids are not as confident in the water as I would like them to be. Last year, my 7 year old daughter was keen to ditch the "babyish" armbands, so I needed a solution that we were happy with but would keep her safe in the water and give her the confidence to strike out on her own.
When we got to the local pool, they had various items for sale behind the counter. We opted for the Zoggs Kickboard, which cost me a reasonable £6. It reminded me of the floats we used to have when we had school swimming lessons as kids, but without the bite marks (you all know what I mean!). I know how useful those school floats were when I was learning to swim, so I knew this would be the perfect option for my daughter and she couldn't wait to get in the water and use it.
Zoggs are a brand leader when it comes to swimming aids and equipment. you can find their products for sale in sports shops and also places like the Early Learning Centre, where they have lots of innovative items to help kids learn to swim. The kickboard is "tombstone" shaped, and made from ethylene vinyl acetate, which in texture is somewhere between polystyrene and rubber. It is certainly more solid than polystyrene, but has the same light properties that makes it a perfect float. The kickboard is designed for children between 4 and 12 years old, but I think it is perfect for anyone learning to swim, even adults.
The board is a perfect size to provide a comfortable, natural hold and position when swimming. The child can hold it out in front while kicking with their legs, or hold it across their tummy whilst swimming on their back. It really does provide excellent buoyancy when in the water, and my daughter loved the freedom of not being restricted by her armbands. When she wanted to try swimming on her own, she could just leave the board at the side of the pool, rather than have the hassle of pulling the armbands on and off.
The progress that she made since buying the board is astonishing. After about 3 swimming sessions with the board, she was confidently swimming for short distances without it. The board has really helped her a lot with her swimming, much more so than the armbands ever did.
The board is a simple and practical style which is not too bulky or cumbersome to take on a swimming trip with you. It fits neatly into a carrier bag along with your cozzie and towel! When you leave the water, the nature of the material means that the board dries very quickly, and once you have dressed yourself after swimming you can pop it back in the bag and take it home. When I get the board home, I do like to give it a quick wipe over with an antibacterial wipe before I put it away. It stores neatly and unobtrusively on top of the dresser in the living room, when it sits until the next swimming session.
One warning for cat owners! I accidentaly left the board on the living room floor one evening and our cat found it absolutely irresistible! When I came into the room, the board had tooth and claw marks all down the one side (a bit like the school floats!). Luckily, the sturdy design of the board meant that the damage was only superficial, and she didn't manage to break any bits off the float, but I did make sure that I kept the board out of the way of the cat after that! Then again, Zoggs could market the float as a cat toy, as I'm sure that any cat would love having a chew at one of these!
In conclusion, the Zoggs kickboard is a reasonably priced product that is simple in design, but will really give non-swimmers the confidence to strike out on their own in the water. 5 stars from me!
Although my granddaughter is just three years old, she has started swimming lessons at her local pool. After my own daughter almost drowned as a very young child (through, appallingly, my own lack of supervision) I have always instilled the importance of water safety to both of my daughters and all three of my granddaughters. The two elder girls' are both proficient swimmers now and all three have been visiting the swimming baths from as close to birth as possible.
Hollie adores swimming; from a very young age she has shown an utter lack of fear of the water and as she is now undertaking expert instruction I have decided to start taking her swimming on a regular basis myself, in order that she will fully remember her 'training' despite having just a one hour professional lesson per week.
This Zoggs Mini Kickboard is just the ticket for helping her to remain boyant in the water. Made of a rigid dense foam, it is ideal for using in conjuction with her armbands to ensure she doesn't sink beneath the surface even after I have let her go.
The shaping of the Kickboard is superb, as you can see from the photograph above it has an attractive curved design which not only looks nice but also helps your child to get a good grip on the Kickboard. In actual fact, the Kickboard we use has a yellow and red colourway but aside from that it is identical to the one above.
The size of the Kickboard is 27.5cm x 22cm, which is a little on the large size for my rather dainty granddaughter but she soon got used to the bulk of it and now holds it in such a way that she is able to propel herself while retaining a firm grip on the sides. The curved 'cut out' is designed so that children can hold the Kickboard comfortably to their body, and this has proved very useful for my granddaughter as her confidence has visibly soared since introducing this into her swimming lessons and practise.
I heartily recommend this Mini Kickboard for small children who are just beginning to find their feet in the water. Obviously it is not to be used to take children out of their depth, nor is it designed to replace adult supervision, but to bolster their confidence in their own water skills it is fabulous. The one thing which I feel is missing from the Kickboard is some kind of strap to keep it attached to your child; this is more than likely a health and safety issue, but I can't help thinking each time I watch it spring from my granddaughter's grip that if she could only pull it back herself the design would be perfect.
After use, this float will more or less dry itself. As soon as I have taken it out of the water the excess will drip off and leave me with a practically dry Kickboard, then a quick rub with the swimming towel will render it dry enough to be packed away ready for next time.
The Zoggs Mini Kickboard is available from Amazon for £4.49, which I think is an entirely reasonable price for such a fantastic product. In the past I have bought very cheap versions of this swimming float, but all have turned out to be ineffective and (on occasion) downright dangerous - for an extra couple of pounds you would be silly not to buy this tried and tested version, which could actually help your child save their own life one day.
The Zoggs Mini Kickboard is one of the large range of swimming related aids and sports equipment that the brand makes. Having bought a variety of products made by this maker, I felt that the Mini Kickboard would be a good addition for us and so purchased one for our child to use when swimming.
I am pleased to say that having suggested the products, I am now able to share my thoughts on them.
The Zoggs Mini Kickboard has proved to be a very useful addition. It can really help a child who is learning to swim, but can also be used for fun or exercise for swimmers of a good standard too. It gives a little confidence boost where needed, but even after a child has mastered the art of swimming fully, the product can still be used for swimming exercises too.
We bought our Zoggs Mini Kickboard for just £3.99 which was a really great price. At the moment Tesco have a promotion on all things swim related and this product is within their bunch of offers. So if you do feel you would like to check out the product and see and feel what the Kickboard is like you can easily do so.
In terms of price Tesco have the product on sale for £6.99 online right now, but I thought it was cheaper in store this week and Sainsburys sell this for £4.99. The Zoggs Mini Kickboard is a more funky and modern take, on the old fashioned white tablet style swim floats we all know and loved from our own childhoods.
This Zoggs product is made of a much nicer feeling, smooth textured material and as such it causes no redness or scratching when used close to a young swimmers chest and arms. The material used is of a light and foamy texture which does not get heavy and full of water when in use. The product is chlorine resistant and so can be used without degradation of the materials on a regular basis.
The bright colour way used is in a sunny yellow and a mid navy blue and has the Zoggs name branded on the top centre of the yellow side of the product. The product is both attractive to the eye and well made.
We have not experienced any splitting or coming away of the yellow side from the blue side. The colours have also not faded at all and the texture of the material has remained soft and smooth to the touch, but with a solid and supportive feeling.
Zoogs say that the Mini Kickboard Float is suitable for use for children up to the age of around 12 years. This means that as long as you take care of your Kickboard, there is no reason why it won't last a good few years as your child grows and progresses.
The swim float can really help in the transition stage between taking off arm bands and swimming totally unaided and it really worked well for our child in that way. It was used in a variety of ways as instructed by the swim teacher and proved to be a good confidence booster.
The dimensions of the product are approximately as follows: The length is 27cms an the width is 22 cms. The depth of the product is around 3 cms thick. This means that the Kickboard is good sized and can be easily grasped by a child during swim lessons. Its not so thick that little fingers would have any difficulty holding the float for any length of time.
The material used is a high density two layer foam which has good bouyancy when in the water. It offers a little flexibility and yet lots of stability too. The material used seems to be of just the right type of mix, not too hard or firm, yet soft and flexible enough to be easy for a child to handle.
Our Zoggs Kickboard Float came packed in a very simple clear plastic wrap, which was easily opened. We could see what we were getting before we purchased the product and thought it would suit our needs, which I am happy to say proved to be the case.
As with any product such as this, you should always consider this to be a useful swim aid, rather than a 100% perfect product to be bought and used as a solution for not being able to swim well.
This should always be used with adult supervision and never fully relied on to be able to support a non swimmer all of the time. When used safely it is a great little swim product and as such gets a 5 star rate.