No Flotation Aids are Used
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
Aids can lead to a false sense of security and to
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:
instructor can adjust support to suit the needs of
Support can be varied according to the activity.
Support can be varied during an activity, from full
support to no support, for activities that the swimmer
can manage independently.