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Speedo Kids' UPF 50+ Begin to Swim Neoprene Swim Vest, Blue, Large

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  • neoprene
  • A "Level 2" item of our three tiered "Speedo Begin to Swim" Program developed to aid instruction and progression of a child's swimming skills through the use of various training aids
  • Great teaching tool while learning to swim or building water confidence
  • New form fitting sleek design promotes greater mobility while the strap provides for a secure and stable fit
  • Made of soft and durable neoprene with front zipper for easy on and off
  • UV 50+ "Block the Burn" trademarked protection from sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays
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Product Description

A great teaching tool for kids to gain confidence in the water, Speedo kid's UV Neoprene Swim Vest offers children who are just beginning to develop swimming skills full flotation support. Speedo's Begin to Swim program has three levels: Level 1 is an introduction to the water, Level 2 is an introduction to swimming, and Level 3 is developing swim technique. The UV Neoprene Swim Vest is a "level 2" where a child is familiar with the water but is still dependent on full flotation. It offers all of the necessary comfort and safety features as well as important sun protection. And with its bright graphics and colorful print, your kids are sure to love wearing it!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 12.4 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B002MKP4AW
  • Item model number: 7570344-004 -Blue-L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,642 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By Redz VINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
I have 2 boys, ages 3 and 5, both of which are in the beginner swimming stages. Our local Y did not allow swimmies or arm floats and recommended the swim vest instead. I was afraid that my 5, almost 6 year old would feel uncomfortable in the vest since most kids his age do not need such a device. However, speedo has such a wonderful variety of style and "big boy" designs, that my son never became upset when he put it on or when he played with his peers. It has given him the confidence in the water to concentrate on swimming and safety techniques while giving me a greater sense of security with both my kids saftey. This vest is only for helping beginner swimmers, and not for boats or used as perservers. It is not a full lifejacket but rather a very lightweight "shirt" vest that zippers in the front like a jacket and buckles under the legs. We have had no issues with rashes when they wear a shirt underneath. The fabric is soft and seems very duable, other than snags here and there, the vests have held up well especially with two very active boys.

As for Sizes - The Medium size is for ages 2-4 or 33-45 lbs and 22 in in chest. The large is for 4-6 year olds, with weight 45-60 lbs and 24 inches in chest. I enclosed a picture of the chart.

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The large fit my 5-year-old really well. She's 44 inches tall and weighs 44 pounds. She wore it the whole weekend at the water park and it was great.
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Better than floats on the arms. Allows child to swim on the front, back and side since it's rather neutral. Easy to put on.

Medium is for age 2-4, 22" chest, and 33-45lbs
Large is for age 4-6, 24" chest, and 45-60lbs.
(as printed on the Speedousa website)
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Size: MediumColor: Pink Verified Purchase
The vest looks and works great, we used it all summer. My only quip so far is that it isn't quite buoyant enough for beginning swimmers. I know it's not designed as a life saving device but be prepared for you child to inhale water easily if they're young and just learning to swim. The smallest of waves will breach their mouth if it fits similar to my child. It can't be weight either because it is used on a medium/tall three year old with slim build that weighed ~28 pounds.

All in all though, it's a relatively minor complaint because it seems to be much more versatile for swimming than most vests and those bicep hugging inflatables fix the existing issue until new swimmers learn to watch the water a little and hold their breath when needed.

The plus side, it fits well, allows good mobility, the quality seems good, it has held up well and we have mostly used it on sand mixed paint on concrete patio which can rip and tear materials easily. The kids can wear it for hours and we've had no issues with skin burns/irritations on a child with very sensitive skin.

After one summer, we have a 3 year old that can tread water for a short time without the vest, can swim underwater well without the vest and breezes around the pool with the vest. I think it was a big help with confidence and learning the mechanics of basic swimming.
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Size: MediumColor: Blue Verified Purchase
My kids love the vests. The fit well. Easy/quick to put on and easily adjustable once they are wearing them. The vest give them added confidence in the water and allow them to practice their swimming safely and more independently. Well worth the money.
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Size: LargeColor: Pink Verified Purchase
Great! Helped my 4yo play independently in the pool (of course always with supervision). She never complained of it being uncomfortable like other jackets we've used have. Great colors, very vibrant. Great quality. My daughter is 42" and about 41lbs and it fit her perfectly.
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Size: MediumColor: Blue Verified Purchase
It's not a PFD, but it does give the kids a little bit more sense of security when swimming. I liked the availability and online pricing. Some swimming pools around here won't let our kids use these, but usually it isn't a problem. My daughter used one but no longer does - so it wasn't an issue of her wanting to keep using it by any means. My son isn't as big into using it but he may now that he's almost 4. I like the light weight, simple-to-use and the quality, have lasted a couple years easy.
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Size: LargeColor: Blue Verified Purchase
***THIS IS NOT A LIFE JACKET***It should not be expected to suffice on a boat or watercraft. It's only a flotation/swim aid. And it is well suited for tikes that are just learning to hang out in a pool space that have just about mastered the basics of swimming. My son, for some reason, can almost swim underwater like a fish. When he comes up for air, that's the problem... It's like he's not able to float long enough to just catch a breath. So, this helps him stay afloat and learn to keep moving a certain way to maintain that out of water balance and coordination. And that is basically what the swim vest is intended to do. The good thing is that it keeps him from sinking in the pool. The bad thing (but it's kind of a good thing) is that he complains that he can't dive with it, so he'll ask to take it off. I know, it defeats the purpose, but I'm glad the product does what it is intended to do. The bonus is, he is getting better at the whole float and keep your head above water deal... I think the product has helped. NOTE: Check the size ranges before you actually order because each kid is different. Had I not looked at the ranges, I would have bought the smaller one that would make him look like a stuffed sausage!
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