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Swimming aid and pool toys

Swimming aids and pool toys are essential items for pool time fun. Before your child uses them, think safety first with these helpful tips.

Always supervise

Children should always be actively supervised by a responsible adult when in the pool area.

A swimming aid or pool toy is not a substitute for supervision.

Check age suitability

Make sure the toys or swimming aids are suitable for your child’s age and weight. Swimming aids and pool toys can provide a false sense of your child’s swimming ability.

Use correctly

Swimming aids and pool toys should be used in a safe manner. This applies to:

  • floaties or water wings
  • noodles
  • kick boards
  • mermaid fins
  • other inflatable and non-inflatable toys.

Do not use pool toys as safety devices.

Check before use

Make sure:

  • the inflatable toy or swimming aid has non-return valves with attached stoppers
  • there no leaks or damaged valves.

Remove items when not in use

Swimming aids and pool toys should always be removed from the pool area when they are not in use and stored securely off-site. Otherwise, children may be tempted into the pool area without supervision.

Inflatable pool toys should be deflated when not in use.

Updated: 27 May 2020

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