Kids learn to swim gradually, and with this progressive swim vest, they get just-right floatation at every learning stage. The vest holds nine pull-out float pads; remove them one-by-one as your child's skills develop. Now more comfortable, with improved side and crotch straps that won't twist or tug. Imported.
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By VT Mom
About Me Education Oriented, First Time Parent
Comments about Aqua Leisure Foam Pad Swim Trainer MD/LG (40-55 lbs.):
We love this swim trainer. My three-and-a-half year old daughter has been using it since last year. While I teach her to swim, this item at first provided enough floatation to keep her fully afloat, like a full PFD/lifevest would. As her skills improved, I gradually removed one pad at a time. The pads are small enough that she did not notice the change. Eventually, she got to a point where she actually had to do something (tread water, kick, etc) to stay fully above water. More and more pads came out week by week. By the last week our town pool was open, she started swimming on her own! Love this swim trainer!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By TK mom of one
from Boston, MA
About Me First Time Parent
This product worked great for our 4 yr old however the strap that connected the front and back was too short. It was very uncomfortable for our son to wear. Despite our attempts to adjust the groin strap it still remained too short. Our son only weighs 43 lbs, which was well within the weight limit. We ended up just taking it off.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We are sorry that this swim trainer did not work for your son. Please contact our Customer Care Center so we can assist you further.
Too short for my 5 year old
By mother of two
from Poulsbo, WA
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children
I ordered a med. large (for 40-55 pounds) thinking it would be big for my 40 pound 5 year old, but found the straps to be much too short and without any room for adjusting to make longer. While the sizing goes by weight, be sure to consider height.
By Brendan's Mom
from Spring Lake, MI
Only wore it once and the seams were already pulling apart...NOT happy about that.
Merchant response: We apologize that the Foam Pad Swim Trainer is not holding up for you. Please give our Customer Care Center a call and we would be happy to assist you further. Thank you for your feedback.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not for smaller sized children
By 1st time mom
from Louisville, Ky
Purchased to help teach my daughter how to swim .... Or at least to make sure she would be safe and comfortable during vacation. We were very excited to get it - only to be disappointed. It looks durable but it doesn't adjust small enough for my daughters body. We put it on her anyway- just to try it out- adjusted it as small as it would go, took her into the pool and even while I was holding her the float would be right in her face. Not to mention she hated it. Maybe if she was older or bigger. ( she 18 months old when we purchased and she's very petite. ) she wouldn't be safe if I let her go.
Fun in the pool
from Carmichael, CA
About Me Grandparent
My granddaughter 2 loves the freedom - she is learning to enjoy swimming - she does not fight to put this on - the strap between the legs should be designed better to make it easier to adjust and to remove. Because of the durablilty, it will a one season use. Even so I would recommend this - it is better than the arm things - she really gets to move her arms and legs for play and swim. Thank you
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Mom of three
from Augusta, ME
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent
We purchased two of these vests, one for a four year old and one for a two year old. After the second wearing of one vest, I noticed that the shoulder straps were coming completely unstiched from the vest body. I contacted One Step Ahead and they ordered a replacement for the vest. The next day I noticed that the same thing was happening to the second vest. When we got the replacement vest, the same thing happened on the first wearing. I decided to just fix the vests myself until I could find something from a different manufacturer. When I was doing the repairs I also noticed that the crotch straps were tearing completely away from the vest fabric from all of the vests and the side elastics were coming loose from one vest. These vests were not used roughly and were used in fresh water so they were not exposed to chemicals. The thread used to sew these vests is very fragile and breaks easily . Additionally, there is no reinforcement at the stress points and the fabric is too thin to support the crotch straps. I find the fit of the body to be too loose; one of the kids is thin and one is chunky. I was very disappointed with this purchase and feel these vests are unsafe.
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Shoulder straps detaching on two of the vests
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Crotch strap detaching
Merchant response: We apologize that you are having problems with the swim trainer. Please contact our Customer Care Center and we would be happy to assist you further. Thank you for your feedback.
from Elgin, IL
This works well to help a child float. However, it would be better if the sides had adjustable straps so it can be tightened.
not true to size
Too small not true to size. My son is small for his age and this device still didnt fit. Kept riding up into his neck/face. Was not able to use this product.
Merchant response: We appreciate your feedback and apologize that the swim trainer did not work for you. Please contact our Customer Care Center and we would be happy to assist you further.
it's good to have this on hand esp. for todlers
This might work best with kids who know how to float and even swim a bit. This is not for kids under 4 (unless they can swim). It doesn't hold them up and doesn't keep them upright. Go with the puddle jumper. It's wonderful.
Merchant response: This swim trainer is not a lifesaving device. Parents should never leave a child unattended while wearing the trainer. Please feel free to contact our Customer Care Center with any questions you may have or if you need further assistance. Thank you for your feedback.
Could be great!
By Ethan's Mom
from Hawthorne, NJ
I loved the concept of this product but although my son fell right in the middle of the weight recommendations, the product doesn't fit. I think this would be a great fit for smaller ones.
from Rhode Island
About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
This is a good product and works well however the sizing is definitely off. I bought the medium for my 4 and 6 year old who are both on the lower end of the Recommeded weight for this product. The strap that goes in between their legs was way too short and was very uncomfortable for both of them. I tried loose ing the straps all around but it didn't help. I returned them [...]
Works well but cheaply made
from Lake Tahoe, NV
About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent
Like my headline said... It worked great for my 2 1/2 year old but after two uses in the pool the seams started ripping... Sent it back.
Simple, basic, easy and functional
from Phx, PA
Stitching in the first one was sub par [...] This is your basic safety swim vest. It's easy to setup and adjust. I would use it only for pools and not open waters (personal opinion). Size and shape does not impede my sons ability to make naturally swimming motions (age 2). Good value.
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