Guide to Float Vests and Jackets

Oct. 15, 2021


It is the nature of children to like to play with water, and modern child psychology believes that swimming promotes the growth of children. Swimming can strengthen the body's resistance and can make the respiratory system and cardiovascular system get a good exercise. Parents should let your children should learn to swim as early as possible.


But learning to swim can be a daunting task for parents and children. When children are nervous about being in the water. Buoyancy aids are designed to support children in their natural swimming position and to improve their confidence in the water.


In this guide, we'll take a closer look at floatation undershirts and jackets to help you determine if they're right for your child.


What is a float undershirt?


Float undershirts and jackets are worn over a swimsuit or shorts to help your child achieve a natural position in the water while learning to swim. They are a buoyancy aid, so they can use your child's natural buoyancy to help increase their level of safety while in the water. The undershirt has removable floats that can be gradually removed as the child's confidence and swimming ability improves. Undershirts with non-removable floats are also available. Some float undershirts also help protect children's delicate skin from the sun and are made of neoprene to keep children warm in cold water.


What is the difference between a float undershirt and a float jacket?


These two terms are used interchangeably to describe vest-style flotation aids. The term "float undershirt" is used to describe an undershirt that has no removable floats and is designed to be flat packed so that it can be packed into a suitcase for vacation. The term "flotation jacket" describes an undershirt with removable floats.


It is important to note that buoyancy jackets are not life-saving devices, nor are they a suitable substitute for life jackets. Life jackets are designed to help people in the water maintain an upright position with their head above the water whether they are moving or not.


Float jackets do not do this; they are designed to help children achieve a natural swimming position when learning to swim, while still enabling them to get in the water when they wish. When a child first uses a floating jacket, it is best to hold their hands until they learn how to balance in the water.


How a floating undershirt can help your child learn to swim


Once your child is old enough to stay upright and lift their head above the water, they are ready to try a floating undershirt. Unlike arm bands that hold your child's arms above their chest and restrict arm movement, float undershirts fit snugly around the torso, allowing for a full range of motion.


A floating undershirt helps allow your child to swim naturally in the water while providing extra buoyancy as they learn to swim. You will be able to hold your child's hands while the undershirt keeps them afloat as they learn to kick in the water. As they become more confident, you will be able to let go, knowing that the swim undershirt will keep them afloat.


Float undershirts are great for older children and adults who enjoy snorkeling because they provide stability and comfort while exploring the water for extended periods of time.


Safety tips for using a float vest


The following are some important tips to increase safety when using a float undershirt.

▷Look for a swim undershirt with extra sun protection.

▷Check that the undershirt has a safety harness at the top of the zipper to help prevent children from unzipping and slipping out of the undershirt.

▷Make sure the float undershirt fits properly, which will prevent the undershirt from going up and covering your child's chin and provide optimal buoyancy.

▷Choose an undershirt made of soft neoprene fabric as this will not only provide extra warmth in colder water, but will also prevent scrapes because the material is so soft.

▷Always supervise your child when they are in or near the water.


What is the best way to learn to swim?


In a true water emergency, your child will most likely not have any personal flotation devices. Consider the countless drownings of children who have slipped away from their parents and fallen into backyard pools.

In this situation, the child needs to be able to swim and keep their head above the water until help arrives. If they never learn how to swim without a flotation device, falling into a pool can quickly turn into a tragedy.

Instead of wearing a swim undershirt in the pool, focus on proper swimming lessons and teaching your child to stay alive in the event of a water emergency.