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. He had two non-fatal drowning experiences; first, when he was about age 10 and didn't know how to swim, and second, when he was about 25 years old and was over confident of his swimming skills. It was from these experiences that he was aware of a need for a swimming device that would make swimming easier and safe 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, the inventor 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 inventor began to swim back towards the boat, he observed the way the bulky life vest dragged in the water and slowed him down. The drag around his body 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 shape prevented him from swimming quickly and efficiently back towards the boat.
It suddenly dawned on the inventor 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 floating he envisioned a piece of equipment that would transfer a flotation device from his body to his forearms. This would eliminate body drag and simultaneously increase the power of his 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 safe 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 and be safe in swimming.