Is OSCAR a “floatie” like arm floats and puddle jumpers?
No. OSCAR is a training tool intended to help guide young learners to SWIM, not simply float or bob in the water. OSCAR is a hands-on learning tool, designed specifically to help parents and caregivers to teach their own children to swim. The flotation pads provide buoyancy, proper positioning and very importantly fosters arm motor skills.
Will OSCAR fit my child?
OSCAR is a neoprene wrap with adjustable velcro designed to fit waists from 20” up to 27” (expanders are available for larger sizes). This is ideal for young swimmers that are at least 25 lbs (2 and half years old and older).
How does OSCAR help a child to learn to swim?
OSCAR is a buoyancy backpack designed to help position a swimmer in a horizontal position. The 2 float pads located in the back pocket provide sufficient buoyancy to strengthen arm motor skill and recovery breathing while allowing the swimmer to practice proper swimming every time they are in the water. As skills increase, a float pad can be removed, creating a transitional learning experience.
Is OSCAR a lifesaving device?
No. OSCAR is NOT a lifesaving device. It is a tool for young water learning and adult supervision is required at all times.
How long will it take for my child to learn to swim with OSCAR?
Adult supervision and interaction is required. The more time spent in the water with your swimmer wearing OSCAR, the quicker the learning curve. As with any other learning, repetition, reinforcement and small approximations are key. Ideally, 2 to 4 pool sessions per week, keep sessions under an hour and remember to set reasonably attainable goals for your swimmer.
Most children around the age of 3 will learn within a few months, using the guidelines above. For more swimming tips, watch our videos.