We recommend that SwimFin is used on children aged 2 and above. However it can be used on any child once they have enough control over their own bodies, which can be as young as 18 months.
SwimFin has undergone extensive testing and is proven to work safely on children of all ages, sizes and abilities.
A legal requirement of the swimfin being tested as a buoyancy aid requires the packaging which the SwimFin comes in to state that it is not suitable for children under the age of 36 months, and in a weight range of 15-30 kgs.
Allways remember that children need constant supervision in and around water.
We strongly recommend that a parent, carer or teacher assist a child in the early stages until the child is comfortable with the SwimFin.
Once they are accustomed to the buoyancy they will know instinctively what to do, and that's when the freedom and the fun starts. Some kids pick this up instantly but younger children and the less confident may take a little longer.
There are no rules on how to use SwimFin - there should be a natural progression until the child lets you know when to let go. SwimFin works with all ages and abilities but the way it works for one child of a particular age and ability, can be totally different for a child of a different age and ability.
Ideally, the higher up the back the better. As a guide line we suggest the top strap fits across the nipple/chest area.
The SwimFin should NEVER be worn on the chest, as doing this makes returning to a standing or upright position difficult for the little swimmers.
SwimFin is worn on the back in the same position for all swimming strokes, even when doing backstroke. The SwimFin acts like a keel on a yacht, providing stability and support to the swimmer.
Yes, every SwimFin comes with a standard size set of straps, which fit the average child.
Pinch the ‘hoop’ part of the velcro together, i.e. shorten the length of the strap by pinching it in the middle. Then attach it to the ‘hook’ part of the velcro as usual.
Larger straps are available. Each set comes in black with a choice of coloured logo to match the colour of the SwimFin. .
Standard and large replacement straps are available.
Standard shipping is $7.50 NZ wide for up to two SwimFin's, if you need to order more we can let you know a courier cost.
Shipping generally takes between 3-5 working days.