As a child, the inventor of the FloaterPaddle used to enjoy swimming with school friends in the rivers and beaches. He and his friends would use volleyballs, basketballs and tire tubes to help them swim, because they didn’t have access to proper swimming aids. It was from this early age that he began to conceive the idea of a swimming device that would make swimming easier and therefore more enjoyable.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016, when a group of friends were holidaying at Lake Texoma on the Oklahoma-Texas border. During their stay, the group of friends engaged in popular water activities such as boating and swimming. Wearing a life vest, one of the friends dived from the boat into the water for a swim. He soon noticed the wind was pushing the boat and the rest of his friends downstream, so he decided to swim towards them before the boat drifted too far away.
As the friend began to swim back towards the boat, he observed the way the bulky and heavy life vest dragged in the water and slowed him down. The vest added weight to his body which put strain on his arms as he tried to paddle through the water and propel himself forwards. The life vest was adequate for floating in one spot but its weight and shape prevented him from swimming quickly and efficiently back towards the boat.
It suddenly dawned on the friend that if he was alone in the water, floating and unable to swim to shore, it was possible that he could die from exhaustion, hypothermia or starvation. As he was swimming back towards the boat he envisioned a piece of equipment that would transfer a flotation device from your body to your forearms. This would eliminate body drag and simultaneously increase the power of your arms to pull through the water, thus making swimming easier.
Product design began, and by the summer of 2017 the first prototypes of FloaterPaddle were complete. The inventor personally tested the prototype and was delighted to find it worked: swimming became easier and therefore more enjoyable. FloaterPaddle was distributed amongst children for testing and the response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. It wasn’t long before parents were asking when the device would be available to the public. So here it is! We hope you enjoy it.