PSA: THE PROBLEM WITH FLOATIES:
️By “floaties” we mean arm bands, inflatable rings, noodles, puddle jumpers, ect.
Flotation devices such as these float children in a vertical posture. Head up, feet hanging down, arms out to the side with legs bicycling to move around the pool.
️The child is LEARNING inappropriate postures that they will return to if they happen to get into the pool without the flotation device.
💭The scariest part about flotation devices is that children that wear them think they can swim.
Young children simply cannot make the cognitive connection that the flotation device is what is allowing them to breathe and play with their head sticking out of the water.
Thanks to our friends CASTWaterSafety.org @castinghope_ and @mr.michaelpetrella for the awesome graphics and content!