Product Type: Zoggs Water Sport
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Zoggs Swim Jacket
Member Name: jo1976
Zoggs Swim Jacket
Date: 24/05/12, updated on 23/09/13 (105 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality, easy to put on and remove, offers reassurance in the water for non-swimmers
Disadvantages: Sizing might be too small for larger children
This colourful neoprene coated 'jacket' is basically a zip up body warmer which has been filled with foam floats. One of the reasons I went for this style rather than an all in one child's wetsuit or something similar was for the ease of putting it on and taking it off. Getting all of us changed before and after swimming can be a bit of a challenge, particularly with a tetchy toddler to sort out as well, so I wanted something that my son would be able to use independently. As I'd hoped, this is really simple to get on and off even when wet. My son does need some help with the zip but it is still much more convenient than wrestling with a wetsuit! Once on, the zip ensures that the jacket remains secure and there is also a velcro strip across the top. I'd imagine this strip would be particularly useful in the smaller size to stop troublesome toddlers from messing with the zip and accidentally taking this off.
In the water, this jacket doesn't seem to impede or irritate my son at all as his arms are left totally free for him to 'swim' or splash about as normal. This can even be used alongside traditional arm bands, for extra reassurance. My son is happy to bob about in the shallow water with just this jacket for support although we do tend to use arm bands as well, if we all go into the larger main pool. He is also, as I'd hoped, a little warmer in and out of the water when wearing this as it keeps his top half covered.
Size-wise, the 4-5 years version is a comfortable fit for my very slim four year old, with some room for growth, although it might prove a little too snug for a chunkier child. We find there is plenty of room for him to manoeuvre around without feeling too restricted in the water as the length is relatively short. The neoprene coating itself is flexible but the floats inside do limit how much this would stretch to fit a larger child comfortably. The jacket is available in either 2-3 years or 4-5 years although I would recommend going for a larger rather than a smaller size if in doubt.
I paid the full RRP of £19.99 from Argos but it is currently on offer for just £13.49. Even at full price, this offers good value for money and appears to be excellent quality. Despite regular use in chlorinated swimming pools, the bright neoprene coating is showing no signs of any wear and tear. Even the Zoggs logo is still intact with no fading or discolouration. After use, the jacket dries out surprisingly quickly and is lightweight and portable enough to be slipped easily inside a bag with all our swimming gear.
I'd recommend this swim jacket for any young children that go swimming regularly as it just offers a little extra reassurance (and extra warmth) in the water and helps to free parents up a little, which is particularly useful when looking after more than one non-swimmer.
Summary: An excellent swim aid for younger children