DD and I go to swim class every Sunday night, but she is still far from being able to swim and is not trust worthy around water. While on vacation, I knew that for her and the rest of us to have a relaxing holiday she needed to feel safe while near the water.
Stears, a division of Coleman and a company dedicated to flotation devices, sent us a few different products for review to help us achieve an incident free holiday. We received a Dora Life jacket and a Puddle Jumper. We tried both products out and found the Puddle Jumper was a much better fit while on vacation.
The Puddle Jumper is loosely based on the same premise as water wings, but has many added protective and safety features. For starters, the Puddle Jumper does not require human hair to be blown up, it is made with the same materials as a Personal Flotation Devise but allows for more movement. The Puddle Jumper is very easy to put on on and simply hooks together in the back with a single clip and can easily be tightened or loosened to fit.
Along with having both arms always above the water, the Puddle Jumper also has a band along the front torso which also keeps this area above the water, but still gives small children enough free range to learn to swim. Much like a full life jacket allows swimmers to be emerged into water but still keeps them afloat, the Puddle Jumper allows kids to jump around the water but keeps their arms and body above water making it easy to “swim”.
I am so glad that we brought this on holidays. There were a few times around the beach when DD was not wearing her Puddle Jumper and went in the water a little too deep. We had to make quick dives to pull her back from under the water, but it was nothing too serious. This normally happened when sand castles were being built and she would make a quick trip to the ocean to fill up her bucket with water. But in general she had the Puddle Jumper on nearly the whole vacation and was safe and sound in the ocean and in the pool.
Overall, we really liked the Puddle Jumper. Although we always stayed close and kept our eyes on her while swimming it did give us all piece of mind that she was wearing an approved swim aid while in and around the water.
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