Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Swim Ways Fish Kicks

My kids are like fish. Give them water, and they're happily splashing around in it. Unfortunately, they're not born knowing how to swim, and until they learn I'm a little antsy with them around deeper water. (Deeper: anything over their knee caps.)

We do have one of those wonderful pools that you can inflate the top ring and then fill with water (read: fill as deep as you need to) and the whole family loves it. As the summer progresses and the kids skills get better, the pool gets deeper. And this is where Swim Ways has come in to help. Swim Ways Swim Steps helps young or emergent swimmers learn the ropes. They start with a wonderful life vest to keep all kids afloat, and move on to lesser and lesser help, thus enabling the kids to learn progressively.

Swim Ways was super generous in giving me a Fish Kicks Float Board to try. The first thing that I loved about it is the wiggly eye on the fish. Swim Ways takes an everyday object and makes it super fun for the kids. My kids loved splashing around behind this fun fish, and it gave my youngest a wee bit more confidence in his staying-afloat abilities. He now can kick to his heart's content, knowing that he won't go down.

Each SwimWays Swim Step™ product is specially designed and subject to high standards of quality testing. While nothing can replace the love and supervision of a parent, the Swim Steps program offers products for all skill levels, making it easy for parents to build confidence in their children.

I love that SwimWays is dedicated to helping all children smile both in and out of the water. That is why 2% of all Swim Steps wholesale sales are donated to Operation Smile, fixing facial deformities for children around the world.

Buy Your Own: You can purchase any of the Swim Ways products at SwimWays.com or TeachMetoSwim.com (love the URL). Their products are all listed there so that you can choose the step(s) that your kids are at.

Win Your Own: Swim Ways has generously offered to give a Fish Kicks Float Board to one lucky reader. There are several ways to enter.

1. Head to the Swim Ways website and let me know what you learned about their products.

2. Tweet about Swim Ways doing a giveaway via SIMPLE on Twitter, then come back and tell me.

3. Let all your Facebook friends know that Swim Ways is hosting a giveaway on SIMPLE, and of course let a comment here so that you'll be entered.

4. Feel free to post about this on your blog, making all your readers aware of the generosity of Swim Ways, in conjunction with SIMPLE. And don't forget to let me know here so that you're entered!

This gives you 4 ways to enter per person! Good luck!

Winner will be announced Wednesday, August 12.

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44 comments:

  1. They believe swimming is important, but equally that kids are safe.

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  2. learning to swim is an important skill mverno@roadrunner.com

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  3. They believe that playing/swimming is an important skill for children, and should be done while being very safe!
    feather1126@hotmail.com

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  4. Tweeted about the giveaway on simple!

    feather1126@hotmail.com

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  5. swimming is not only fun its great for you!

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  6. Swimming works out many muscles in your body.

    brandon_ralston@hotmail.com

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  7. Swimming is a sports that requires great stamina.

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  8. Their children's products are designed for the "average-sized" child within the specified age range for the product.

    tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  9. They have been teaching kids to swim for over 40 years.


    fooks213@yahoo.com

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  10. Swim Ways has a line of Disney pool toys that includes Nemo & princess designs.

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  11. Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/TattooedDork/status/3239712797

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  12. I posted the giveaway on Facebook.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tattooed-Dork/99700681586?ref=mf#/profile.php?id=1809688608&ref=profile

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  13. SwimWays introduces at least 20 new fun products a year!

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  14. I learned that swimming is a sport that requires great stamina! Actually I recently learned that when I went swimming :P

    strycker@slu.edu

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  15. They have been teaching kids to swim for over 40 years

    brdgcombs@aol.com

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  16. I learned that learning to swim is an important skill to have.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  17. They believe that making sure kids are safe when swimming is important!

    kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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  18. http://twitter.com/kngmckellar

    kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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  19. Swimming works out many muscles in your body.

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  20. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/mrstls

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  21. shared on facebook

    username smoaks

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  22. Swimways believes that it is important to teach kids to swim while being safe

    kerrie @ littlejason.com

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  23. They believe that you need keep kids safe while teaching them to swim

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  24. I could not find a link to click to their site. I think it is best to know where your child is. It is not a good idea to traumatize your child too much too fast. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Made for "average size" kids - which my little one isn't!

    colleenyamamoto(at)yahoo.com

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  26. I learned that they believe learning to swim is an important skill to learn.

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  27. Their goal is to continue to provide you with the most entertaining and fun products that feature only the very best value, quality, style and innovation.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  28. They have been teaching kids to swim for over 40 years.

    thanks for sponsoring this.

    2kidsblogger(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. They are passionate about keeping kids safe!

    Lee :)
    leechrista @ gmail dot com

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  30. I Tweeted @mysentiment

    Lee :)
    leechrista @ gmail dot com

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  31. In general, we introduce at least 20 new products a year. Some of those ideas are developed internally, but many are submitted by outside inventors or just regular people who have a new idea.

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  32. http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/3267914349

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  33. I'm impressed that they have been in the business of teaching kids to swim for 40 years now!

    marielay@gmail.com

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  34. I learned that their products are available at Amazon.com

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  35. i learned their products support operation smile

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  36. I learned I can buy their products at these stores:

    Academy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Big 5, Dick's Sporting Goods, Frontgate, Hammacher, Kmart/Sears, Leslie's, Meijer, Overtons, Pinch A Penny, Publix, REI, Safeway, Sam's Club, Sport Chalet, The Sports Authority, Target Stores, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walgreens, Walmart Stores.

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  37. I added them as a friend & shared on facebook with a link to this giveaway!
    ZESTYWONDERLAND

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  38. Swimming is a huge thing. Without it, you can't really get the full experience of a beach, boat, or pool (duh.) Also, you have to be safe when your learning to swim as well. :)

    eddy1sis@sbcglobal.net

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  39. i belive its important for saving lives

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  40. They are made for average size kids..

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  41. 2% of all Swim Steps wholesale sales are donated to Operation Smile, fixing facial deformities for children around the world. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

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  42. Swimming is a life saving skill. I wish we had gills.
    I have two toddler boys learning to swim.

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  43. learning to swim is an important skill

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