I’m a swimming instructor – don’t put your kids at risk with ‘deadly’ pool toys

THEY ARE a holiday staple and can keep kids entertained for hours.

But swimming pools, often used by youngsters who aren’t yet able to swim, can prove deadly, a swimming instructor has warned.

A swimming instructor has warned against using floats


A swimming instructor has warned against using floatsPhoto credit: Getty
Nikki Scarnati said they make kids think they can swim when they can't


Nikki Scarnati said they make kids think they can swim when they can’tPhoto Credit: Tiktok/@scarnati.swim

Nikki Scarnati said they give children a false sense of security, making them think they are safe when they aren’t.

You could splash around all day in armbands or a swimsuit with no problem, only to later run into the water unprotected and possibly drown.

The mom, who gave the advice in a video on TikTok, said: “Leave the floats off.”

“I know about flotation [toys or devices] in pools is super handy, but it comes with its own set of risks.

“Swimming aids make our kids think they can swim when they can’t.

“Our strong-willed kids go in the water alone 70 percent of the time.

“So if they think they can swim when they can’t when they get in the water without the flotation device they’re used to, you can imagine what the result will be like.”

Nikki from Florida (USA) explained that as a general rule of thumb you don’t want your kids to be standing vertically in the water.

And that’s exactly what buoyancy aids like swimsuits, bracelets, vests, rings, and waist belts do.

“When they’re horizontal, they’re more productive and easier to save themselves,” the water safety advocate added.

Nikki credited Swim with potentially life-saving information for Vinny.

The organization was formed following the death of two-year-old Vinny, who died after going into a swimming pool without a flotation device.

He had been wearing bracelets earlier in the day, so his parents believe he thought he could swim when he couldn’t.

Nikki previously went viral after pleading with parents not to buy their kids blue swimsuits.

She said the color made it almost impossible to see youngsters playing in the water.

Parents also urged mothers and fathers not to wrap their children tightly in a towel after a bath, as it constrains their limbs.

If they then fall into a pool, there’s a high chance they’ll drown, she added.

Nikki urged moms and dads to'skip the floats'


Nikki urged moms and dads to ‘skip the floats’Photo Credit: Tiktok/@scarnati.swim

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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