Flotation devices such as floaties, inflatable rings, etc., often can provide a false sense of security for parents and children. These items can easily deflate or fall off your child's arm, leaving them in a potentially dangerous situation.
Flotation devices also hold children in postures that are not compatible with swimming skills. If a child learns he can jump in the water and go into a vertical posture and still come up to breathe, he is getting the wrong idea about that water environment. Flotation devices are for children who cannot swim. Children, who cannot swim, should NOT be allowed to learn that it is safe to play in the water while relying on a flotation device. Life jackets must be worn in a boat or around the water when there is the potential for an accidental "fall-in". They are not a substitute for the ability to swim or for adult supervision.
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