AquaPlane…Swimming with Confidence

AquaPlane…Swimming with Confidence

When I was pregnant with Alice one of the things that I knew I wanted to do with her as a baby was take her swimming. I love the water and I know how important it is to get them used to it as soon as you can. Alice and I started swimming lessons when she was fourteen weeks old and we haven’t looked back since.

Alice just loves swimming, she enjoys the structure of her lessons, but she also loves going swimming where we can have some fun. Whenever we book a holiday we make sure it has a swimming pool, as the girls have so much fun and its what they are happiest doing.

We’ve got to the stage with Alice where she is desperate to swim like us and on her own. She is really confident and competent in the water, but not quite at the stage where she can be completely unaided.

So, when AquaPlane got in touch to ask if we would like to review one of their swimming aids, it was perfect timing and just what Alice needed.

The Aquaplane is a unique 3 in 1 swimming aid that covers all of the main stages of a child’s swimming development. It was designed by swimming instructor Chris Shore using his knowledge and experience of teaching in the water.

Here are the benefits of the AquaPlane:

  • Develop water confidence
  • Achieve correct swimming position
  • Straps adjust to fit
  • Won’t restrict movement

Alice and I took it swimming to try out. It was lovely to have some time with just Alice, it’s always the hardest to arrange, but so important that we have that time together. So, while Andy and my dad were at the cricket and Holly was with my mum, Alice and I set off for some swimming fun.

Before we left I attached the straps onto the AquaPlane and made sure it was all ready to go straight on when we arrived.


There is a pool near us that have sessions for younger ones, where they raise the floor of the swimming pool at one end, making it easier for them to enjoy the water. But, also allows Alice to try swimming at the other end of the pool in the slightly deeper water.

When we arrived Alice was excited to try on the AquaPlane and said that it was comfortable to wear. It was easy to fit straight onto her.


Once we were in the water Alice was really confident and had no doubt that the AquaPlane would give her the support that she needed.

She was able to glide through the water easily and it did not restrict her movement. It was lovely to see Alice so confident in the water and it was great to watch her swim so freely.


At no point did Alice ask to take the AquaPlane off, which is a massive plus for me. As sometimes with her eagerness to swim on her own, she can ask to take swimming aids off, but she wore it for the whole hour we were there.

As a parent we want our children to learn to swim and be confident in the water, it’s a life saving skill. And when you have children that are desperate to swim on their own, like me, the Aqua Plane is brilliant.

It was definitely a thumbs up from Alice…

The AquaPlane costs £24.99 including delivery, which I think is great value for money. You can purchase them directly here.


Disclosure: We were sent the Aqua Plane in return for an honest review. As always all views and opinions are my own.


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  1. 26/07/2016 / 07:38

    What a super contraption! I have a 7 year old who is just learning how to swim who would LOVE this!

  2. 26/07/2016 / 08:14

    Looks an interesting contraption, I’ve not seen one of those before! Sounds good if it helps your little ones to swim and gain confidence in the water.

  3. 26/07/2016 / 08:40

    This sounds fantastic, my big one isn’t water confident and I’m always looking for water aids to help him out.

  4. 26/07/2016 / 08:42

    I think those back floats are a great idea and with the plane shape too it adds to the feeling of gliding over the water. #TriedTested

  5. 26/07/2016 / 08:44

    What a great idea. My daughter isn’t much of a swimmer and prefers to splash about but not doing very much. This might be a good option for her 🙂

  6. 26/07/2016 / 08:52

    This looks like such a useful and fun thing to use…
    Such a great idea x

  7. 26/07/2016 / 08:54

    Ah this is really interesting. We use something very similar called a swim fin, which also goes on their backs. Learning to swim with that without any restriction on her arms has been perfect for Libby, and she’s been swimming short distances completely unaided for a while now. Lia is also wearing the swim fin now, and swimming with it on without any assistance from us. I know these things are generally recommended from age 3, but it might be worth giving Holly a try with the aquaplane too, both of mine wore it from just before they were 2 and it has done wonders for their water confidence.

  8. 26/07/2016 / 09:38

    This actually looks really cool – definitely think my little boy would be happy to wear it, and he too is a wriggly one not wanting to wear aids! So important to get them water confident young, I’m hoping to start swimming lessons with mine in September so I’ll be keeping an eye out for one of these. I’m glad she enjoys using it! One less thing to worry about!

  9. Dean of Little Steps
    26/07/2016 / 10:23

    That is so cute! If T didn’t know how to swim yet, I’d definitely get her one of those. It’s great for the little ones, isn’t it?

  10. Jenna
    26/07/2016 / 11:21

    Ah, what a clever idea this is. I always think armbands are so restrictive. It must’ve been a real confidence booster for your little girl.

  11. 26/07/2016 / 11:31

    This looks great, we’re really wanting to push swimming this year with our son so this looks great!

  12. 26/07/2016 / 13:39

    I’ve heard of this and it looks really good – would love to try this with my little girl.

  13. These sound really great! Anything to boost confidence in the water is a real winner for me. It’s great that straps around them, I had a look at their Facebook page and loved the video of how they work. Really great idea!

    Jordanne ||

  14. 26/07/2016 / 16:56

    Wow! This looks fantastic. I always think rubber rings and arm bands look quite restrictive but this looks so comfortable to wear

  15. 26/07/2016 / 16:58

    I have been pleased with ours. I think it will be great on holiday #triedtested

  16. 26/07/2016 / 21:04

    This looks pretty cool. My son can’t swim yet but after his 4th birthday in August I am planning to sign him up for swimming lessons as I learnt swimming at the same age as him

  17. 26/07/2016 / 21:05

    What a fab idea, I love the look of this product! My little girl loves swimming too, we take her as much as we can! x

  18. 26/07/2016 / 22:57

    This looks great, my boys love swimming too and they would love this. thanks for the tip xxx

  19. 27/07/2016 / 18:02

    I’ve not come across the aquaplane before, but it certainly sounds like it does the job, I might have to look into one each for Tyrus and Viggo

  20. 27/07/2016 / 22:30

    That looks brilliant and it is such good news that Alice didn’t ask to have it taken off. As you say, it is perfect for when they want to swim in their own but aren’t ready to do so. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  21. 29/07/2016 / 10:23

    This looks great! My daughter is 5 and would love this. Planning to get her swimming lessons. x

  22. 29/07/2016 / 10:47

    Swimming is such a great activity for kids – I was keen to get my daughter started as young as possible. The aqua plane looks awesome – what a clever design!x