Essential Swimming Equipment

Making Learning and Teaching Swimming Easier

There is a wide range of swimming equipment available to help anyone learn to swim or improve their swimming strokes and for swimming teachers to enhance and assist with their swimming lessons.

Most equipment used for swimming, whether its for learning to swim, improving technique or swim training, is fairly cheap to buy.

Floatation devices and buoyancy aids are the most commonly used to help assist non swimmers, usually young children in gaining confidence in the water.

The Most Commonly Used Swimming Equipment Include:

Arm Bands or Water Wings

Arm band or water wings

Probably the most commonly used buoyancy aid used at the swimming pool by parents of young children. Cheap to buy and quick and easy to use, they provide kids with support and allow them to kick themselves through the water. Not perfect though, they have their disadvantages. Read more here.

Safety Rings

swimming ring

Another cheap and easy to use piece of swim equipment, very popular with families with young kids going swimming. The correct size ring is vital for adequate safety and like arm bands, they are not without their disadvantages. Read more here.

Swim Belt

Fully adjustable and able to fit most ages, the swim belt is ideal for teaching swimming lessons in deeper water.  Read more here.

Swimming Vest

Swimming Vest

A great swimming aid for very young children as this allows more movement than water wings or safety rings.  The amount of floatation they give can usually be adjusted by removing the floats in the jacket as the child becomes stronger and more confident. Read more here.

Floats or Kickboards

Floats and kickboards

Hugely popular and very useful aid to teaching swimming. Easy to use and cheap to buy, floats and kick boards have a huge variety of uses to help beginners learning to swim.  Also an essential tool for swimming teachers to use as part of swimming lessons. Read more here.

Woggles or Noodles

swimming noodle

Another very popular and vey useful part of learning to swim.  Easy to use by swimming teachers teaching large groups as they are very quick to fit and remove during the lesson. They provide good support and allow movement or the arms and legs. Read more here.

Swim Fin


This brilliant swimming aid is great for boosting kids confidence in the pool.  It teaches them to swim by giving their arms and legs full movement whilst giving them just the right amount of buoyancy. Fun and educational at the same time. Read more here.

Pull Buoy

Pull Buoy

Essential for the established or more advanced swimmer, the pull buoy aids buoyancy when isolating the arm action of a given swimming stroke.  Also used by swimming teachers during lessons to help isolate and strengthen. Read more here.

Waterproof MP3 Player

waterprooof MP3 players

A great way to add some motivation and drive to those long swim sessions, or just to add a new dimension to your pool time.  The waterproof MP3 player is becoming a more popular sight in swimming pools these days. Read more here.

Swimming Equipment Essential Information

The above swimming aids are mainly used to assist non-swimmers by keeping them afloat.  Some can be used as swim training equipment by isolating certain parts of the swimming stroke so the swimmer can focus and train those weaker areas.  Click on each one to find out more.

Swimmers and teachers should fully understand the purpose of any swimming equipment before administering its use.  The use of the aid must be appropriate to the needs of the swimmer or non-swimmer and the teacher must be familiar with how to use it.

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