Children learn correct body position with this high quality, long-lasting Playboard™. This special board is constructed of EVA Foam; a very high quality foam that will last for years. The versatility of this board is amazing.
- One Beginning swimmer: Child lays across middle of board. Board keeps child horizontal. Face can stay out of water-the child feels secure. Child can develop strength and endurance in kicking as well as proper foot positioning in a natural way. As the child gets used to water on the face, he or she can blow bubbles while kicking, that is two-thirds of learning to swim. The child will be safe by herself or himself in the water.
- Two or three children: Children lay across the boards (double thickness) kicking as above. Children enjoy the togetherness with other children. After establishing confidence and comfort in the water you can slide one Play board out (“Going single”). Children are now in a few inches of water, feeling the lift of the water, blowing bubbles, kicking, staying horizontal and on their way to swimming.
- Competitive swimmers and Intermediate swimmers: They can lay on the board longitudinally (one child per board) and kick many lengths and have fun. Their body is in good body position and the board promotes proper foot position. They have the choice of exhaling underwater while kicking if they desire. Swimmers can kick synchronized (holding on to each other’s board), have races and perform many other fun swimming activities.
All boards come with our “Fast and Fun Swim System” logo on one side. Some swim schools choose to put their logo on the other side.
If you stack two boards, they will hold three children ages 3-5. Children must lie on the front of the board and keep their arms straight. They cannot rise up on their knees (this will cause the board to become unsteady). There is usually enough water on top of the board for the children to blow bubbles. When the children get used to the two board configuration, we take one board away and the child floats horizontally, arms extended, while kicking their feet.
This keeps the child in the correct body position and helps them develop skills that encompass 75% of learning to swim. A good instructor can control two boards with a total of six students. This is great for time on task and getting a good workout in class. The children have fun while getting great training. The possibilities are limited only by the creative mind of you and your staff.
A school in Bangkok had two Playboards with a large class- 12 students. They had relay races where two students per board would race halfway across the pool and back for the next two children to get on the Playboard and continue the race.
Buying three Playboards works out to an investment of $18/year over 10 years. Every instructor should have at least two boards. Contact us for special pricing for quantities over 10.
*Bulk pricing available – Contact the office: 865-691-2525