Should Kids Learn To Swim With Arm Bands? 5 things you need to know.

October 5th, 2015

Arm bands/water wings are a popular floatation aid many parents opt for when swimming with their kids. But how helpful are arm bands to actually teach children to swim?


Here are 5 things you need to know about arm bands/water wings:


1. They come in different sizes for different ages. If you decide to use them for your kid, check to make sure they are appropriate for your child’s age and weight.

2. Children may need some practice until they learn to find their balance in the water with arm bands. Assist your kids and make sure their chin and mouth is above the water the entire time.

3. Pros:

4. Cons:

  • Arm bands do not allow for proper arm movement (kids can not fully extend the arms forward). Because of this, children can not learn how to efficiently use their arms in the water, which is very important for learning to come up for air, as well as for propulsion
  • When using arm bands many children (especially young kids with little swimming experience) adopt a vertical body position and kick. As a result they can develop an inefficient body position and leg movement

5. They are not lifesaving devices. Watch your children carefully as kids can take the arm bands off while in the water. Make sure the water wings don’t leak.


Our advice

Try to avoid using arm bands for your child. They do not help in actually teaching kids to swim. There are other floatation aids much more suited for helping children learn to swim and to become confident in the water.

In this article you can find the floatation aids we recommend for teaching children to swim

Watch FREE Lessons on how these floatation devices designed for progression help child learn learn to swim.


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Gilda Dobrica,
Swimming Instructor

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