Pool floats are a great way to help beginners learn to swim, or help more experienced swimmers perfect their technique. They can also be used for exercise routines — or even just to have fun!
There are various types of swimming floats, each with their own uses, advantages and disadvantages. If you’re in the market for a swimming float, check out this article to find out which one you’ll need.
Types of floating aids
- Swim boards
Swim boards are also known as kickboards due to their ability to help swimmers practice their kicking.
Swim boards are a great choice for beginners who want to practice the fundamentals. They feature molded handboards for easy grip and plenty of surface area to lie on comfortably. Swimmers should get their body in a horizontal position on the surface of the water and then kick with their legs. To backstroke, simply flip over so that your back is on the float.
Pool noodles are aptly named due to their long, noodle-like shape. They can be used in various ways, including as a float to practice leg kicking or under the armpits for floating support while swimming. Pool noodles may also be used for exercise or as a rehab tool. You’ll find pool noodles in a range of colors and sizes.
Fins, also known as flippers, are tools worn on the feet to aid with leg kicks. They promote a natural swimming position and assist with your kicking technique. The added resistance of fins also builds strength and power, while increasing endurance. In fact, fins can significantly increase your speed, and can be used as a fun tool if you want to jet around.
Armbands are a pair of small inflatable bands worn around the arm that keep the user afloat. They are ideal for beginners learning to swim and also for small children as an additional safety device.
Is it ok to leave floats in the pool?
You shouldn’t leave your float in the pool when it is not in use. Doing so can negatively affect your pool float in three ways.
- Sun damage
A pool float left in the sun can heat up, causinging the plastic and vinyl to break down. An inflatable float may burst if left in the sun too long.
- Mold and mildew
If you keep your floats in your pool for long periods of time — especially if you use the pool as the primary storage area for the floats — the float will be exposed to fluctuations in temperature which, combined with moisture trapped on the surface of the float, creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
- Chemical damage
The chemicals in your pool water can begin to break down the materials that your pool float is made from.
Pool floating aids are a great addition to your backyard pool. Whether you’re learning to swim or you’re just looking for a speed boost, swimming aids can transform how you enjoy the water.
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