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2011-07-29 7:35 AM


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Subject: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation

I remember reading something quite a while ago about a flotation swim safety device for open water swimming.  It is something you can apparently strap around your waist and the orange flotation can be seen by boaters, etc.  I cannot seem to find any information on where/how to order one of those, can anybody offer assistance with that please?

Also, if you have one of those and are using them, I would appreciate any feedback.  I'm looking at getting one for my sister and myself for our open water swimming.  Thank you.



2011-07-29 7:57 AM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation
I don't have one of the safety devices that you are talking about.  Although I made my own and it seems to work really well.  I bought a surfers leash and attached a white boat bumper to it.  The bumper is very visable and the bumper also can be used for a floatation device if needed.  The surfers leash attaches to your ankle and it does not bother me at all when I'm swimming to be honest with you I hardly even know it is there.
2011-07-29 8:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation

Maybe SwimSafe??

Review by Ron Shea Founder of BeginnerTriathlete.com
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/article-detail.asp?articleid=980

 

2011-07-29 8:24 AM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation

You probably mean one of these.  I have the smaller one.  It works as a dry bag to store your wallet, car keys, towel, etc.

http://www.ishof.org/cgi-bin/mivavm?/Merchant2/merchant.mvc+Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=SF

2011-07-29 8:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation
blynott - 2011-07-29 8:24 AM

You probably mean one of these.  I have the smaller one.  It works as a dry bag to store your wallet, car keys, towel, etc.

http://www.ishof.org/cgi-bin/mivavm?/Merchant2/merchant.mvc+Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=SF

This is it! This thing is the bomb. I've been talking up the benefits of this thing since I got it. I use it all the time when I swim at a big busy lake in Austin Texas. I usually carry a little 4 oz water bottle, car key, energy bars, cell phone and sun screen. The only time I know it's there is when I'm swimming into a strong head wind and the waves are crashing on my head and/or on the bag. The piece of mind it gives me is knowing I can hang onto it if needed. My wife also loves the idea of my using this. I've had boaters and personal water craft come by me and wave in a sort of "I see you swimming there, I'll give you a wide berth". I think the thing is great! Good luck....

2011-07-29 9:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation
Thank you for the information, yes - that is what I was lookin for but couldn't find where to get it.  Glad to hear it works so well for you, I will be ordering this right away. 


2011-07-29 3:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation

For those with a Safe Swimmer, can you show a pic or explain how it attaches to you? The pic on the link just shows a drybag. I assume there is a handle or an attachment for a strap.

thanks

-kelly t

2011-07-29 3:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation

The bag has a D ring, there is a waist belt and a strap. The strap has two clips, one on each end. You put the waist belt on and clip one end of the strap to the waist belt and the other end to the bag.

Here is a cheesy video

2011-07-29 3:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Open Water Swim Safety Flotation
I have a lifeguard rescue tube. It's designed to go around your shoulder, but I prefer to tether it to my ankle. It seems like it would be more bouyant than swim safe (never had one) and could actually be used for it's intended purpose--to rescue another swimmer, if necessary.

Edited by zed707 2011-07-29 3:53 PM
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