It is always scary to go to the sea or the pool when our children can not swim. Fortunately, there are of buoyancy aids that can swim while greatly reducing the risk of drowning. pool-Guide explains what are the major differences between buoy and armbands and what precautions to take.

Buoy or armbands that for my child

Bouee or armbands that for my child

A buoyancy aid

Whatever his age, if your child can not swim, you must equip a buoy or armbands when swimming. They will help your child keep the water surface while allowing him the opportunity to move in the water and be free to move. But beware, there is indeed a buoyancy aid. This in no way relieves you from monitoring your child because drowning is possible even with a buoy or armbands. Know before 4 months, swimming is not recommended because your child may find the contact of the water and take unpleasant fear.

The different types of buoys and armbands

In the market for swimming articles, there are different types of buoy and armbands with all its advantages and disadvantages:

  • The buoy seat: perfect for children 6 months to 3 years, it allows your child to be in water in a sitting position and with well maintained back. With two handles, it offers the opportunity for parents to direct the buoy. This buoy is however permitted to be sold in 1998 following accidents.
  • The classic buoy: it is suitable for children between 3 and 5 years. It inflates quickly and easily in your bag when deflated. It provides good buoyancy but it is not very safe for your child, raising his arms, can slide in the center of the buoy. rollover risks are also quite high. The seams of some buoys tend to irritate the thin and fragile skin of your child. Be very careful when choosing.
  • Armbands: they can be used from 2-3 years. They have the advantage of offering a greater freedom of movement and allow to adopt a supine position in the water. There are very easy to carry inflatable armbands and foam cuffs that are not likely to deflate in the middle of swimming. You choose!


Before buying a buoy or armbands for your child, make sure they have the CE marking and certification European standard 13138. This standard applies to buoyancy aids for learning to swim. It is not mandatory for manufacturers but highly recommended. To ensure that the buoy or armbands are safe and comply with safety regulations, it is recommended to select models with these markings.