Swimming/Snorkeling Fins Caution!!

Just read about another child drowning when they put swim fins on their hands which filled with water and took them to the bottom of the pool ... this was all too common when I lived in Florida...

I've seen kids on a beach playing with scuba / snorkel gear and want to caution everyone how fast those fins can fill with water and drag a child down ... be careful!

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DV thanks for posting. My 7 yr old granddaughter wants to try snorkeling on our upcoming trip. I'll be sure to keep this in mind and check for other precautions we should take.

I also actually saw this happen first hand in Florida when a young boy was playing with his hands in the fins and kind of flapping at the water ... in a flash, they filled up and he shot down to the bottom of the pool ... his mom was close by and yanked him back up but we were all astounded how fast it happened...

On a positive note, snorkeling is super for a 7 year old! I taught my son with a small blow up raft and had him lay over the side with the snorkel mask on to get used to it... Even now on a cruise, I might float and semi-snorkel in areas that are crystal clear lol.

Get her one of these full face snorkel masks on Amazon ($30) - they're great!

IDAODAN Full Face Snorkel Mask, 180°View Snorkeling Mask with Free Breath, Anti-Fog, Anti-Leak and Innovative and Comfortable Design Prevents Gag

Thanks for posting the warning. My daughter and her family are planning a snorkelling excursion on their vacation next spring so I will pass this along to her too.

Seems like something that dangerous should be pulled off the market???

Think about one of those full faced masks for Christmas Grandma - they are awesome!!!

Those look awesome!

The fins aren't intended for children to put on their hands and/or play with at all - the problem is that adults sometimes don't realize how heavy they are to start with and when filled with water become "anchors". Kids pick up things to play with on the beach and fins seem like good sand scoopers - again - adults need to be cautioned not to let kids play with them as toys.

They make snorkeling really easy for adults and kids!

Parents be aware of this possibility.


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