New Trend: 3 Things You Should Know Before Using Mermaid Tails

If you’re thinking about getting your child one of the popular new mermaid tails popping up all over, you need to understand the potential safety risks involved. The mermaid tails are cute for little ones and your child can always pretend to be a mermaid on dry land or perhaps by dipping the fin in a few inches of water in a small kiddie pool.

However, if your child wants to use the toy for swimming, we think it should only be used with careful and close adult supervision.

We know your little swimmer may be begging for a mermaid tail and we can’t say we blame them – they look fun! Before you purchase one – and definitely before you let your child take it for a swim – read our safety tips so everyone enjoys this new toy, safely.

1. Feet are bound together

Swimming involves using the entire body – including arms, legs and feet – to move around and stay safe in the water. But with the mermaid tail toys, legs and feet are essentially bound together in a manner not conducive to swimming naturally.

As a result, a swimmer must use both legs together in one movement instead of the typical alternating-leg kicking pattern. For young and inexperienced swimmers, this poses a safety because it’s not what has been learned and not what the body instinctively wants to do.

Be sure to keep an eye on your little one – even if he or she is an advanced swimmer – while he or she is swimming with the mermaid tail.

2. Heed safety instructions

Some of the mermaid tail toys on the market are made in such a manner that a portion of it can actually fill up with and hold onto water. The mermaid tail can fill up with water, which can become heavy and limit movement and hold the swimmer down.

If this happens, it can easily go unnoticed that a swimmer is in distress – because, unlike in the movies, a person who is drowning doesn’t display a big, splashy commotion. So, pay particular attention to the safety instructions detailed with the mermaid tail.
And, as always, everyone should be able to recognize the signs of drowning and know what to do in such a situation.

3.Stick to the pool

Because of the potential safety risks involved with a young swimmer using a mermaid tail, it’s better to stay in the pool where it’s much easier to see what’s going on under the water. At the beach or in a lake, it’s more difficult for a swimmer (and you) to notice where there are drop-offs, obstacles or even a current that could hinder movement while wearing a mermaid tail.

With a mermaid tail on, it may become harder for a swimmer to get to a safe standing position or swim to a safe area. In a potential emergency, that means a child may be in distress – whether accidentally dipping underwater or getting inadvertently flipped upside down – and not be able to remedy the situation effectively.

Mermaid tail or not, it is always a good idea to stay close to your little fish when swimming, whether in the pool or open water.

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