A swim ring is a cheap and durable item of swimming equipment that is ideal for the non-swimmer. It is used mainly by children as a way of enhancing their confidence the water.
The aid is worn around the body of the child and like armbands, it can restrict arm movements. It does however allow full movement and freedom of the legs.
It is vitally important to take into consideration the size of the child to be put into the ring. The child has to be large enough and strong enough to be able to support themselves within the ring.
If they are not strong enough or big enough, they will simply slip through. An alternative buoyancy aid should be considered, such as arm bands or a swimming vest.
This type of swimming floatation aid is very old fashioned but is still popular due to its low cost and durability. It's also very quick and easy to fit and remove, making it all round very convenient.
There are many swimming rings to chose from that will appeal to different children, including animal and character themed rings.
The one pictured here is a basic example.
Children should be supervised at all times when in the swimming pool, regardless of which swimming aid they are wearing and regardless of their confidence level or swimming ability.
As with any swimming aid a child can become dependent on it. As they grow and develop children should be encouraged to try different buoyancy aids, or even try some swimming without any floatation aids.
It is recommended that swimming without any buoyancy aids is done under the guidance of a qualified swimming teacher.