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Why No Flotation Aids are Used









Flotation aids often keep the face clear of the water, so breath control is not necessarily mastered.

Keeping the head up results in learning a false body position, leading eventually to poor stroke technique.

Aids inhibit the learning and performance of some skills e.g. submerging, rolling and balance control.

Aids do not compensate for asymmetry and they compound the problems of learning to control unwanted rotational movements.

Aids can lead to a false sense of security and to over-dependence.

Aids may be unsafe. Aids can support people face down in the water. They may also slip, break or puncture.

Aids do not help integration. Less able swimmers are obvious if they are wearing armbands. An instructor can give varying support where it is needed.

Discreet help is even more important if the swimmer has a progressive condition, where support may need to be gradually increased.

People who are reliant on appliances on land can experience freedom from them in water.

Buoyancy aids are not as adaptable as a helper:


The instructor can adjust support to suit the needs of the individual.
Support can be varied according to the activity.
c. Support can be varied during an activity, from full support to no support, for activities that the swimmer can manage independently.
Ten Point Program
The Halliwick Philosophy

No Flotation Aids

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