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wsandford
August 1st, 2011, 09:44 AM
A friend of mine is swimming a lot of open water swims and sometimes by herself. I noticed an article in Swimmer that discussed a small orange float that you could easily attach to yourself as a safety precaution. I found an article on the device, but I'm having a difficult time in finding a place to buy it. Please see the link below and if anyone knows where I can purchase this, please let me know. Thank you, Bill

http://blog.swimator.com/2011/03/swim-safety-device-review-swimming-safe_21.html (http://blog.swimator.com/2011/03/swim-safety-device-review-swimming-safe_21.html)

knelson
August 1st, 2011, 09:56 AM
http://ishof.org/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=SF

ALM
August 1st, 2011, 10:58 AM
I own one of these devices. It was developed by (and is sold by) the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). There is a page on their web site that includes a video, testimonials, and a link to purchase the device:

http://ishof.org/safety/ssd.htm

Since I bought mine, they have improved the design. The original design tended to break where the strap attached to the buoy; the new design looks more rugged. I see that they now offer it in two sizes (23" x 10" for $34.95, or 25" x 12" for $39.95).

The nice thing about this device is that it also serves as a dry bag for carrying your stuff. For example, if I go to the beach by myself I can put my car keys in the dry bag pocket and bring them with me, instead of leaving them unguarded on the beach.

One of the nice things about this device is that it doesn't create any drag for the swimmer. After you load your stuff into the dry bag, you inflate the bladder. So when you are swimming, the bag floats and you hardly know it's there.

cheakamus
August 1st, 2011, 11:40 AM
I used something similar, but more festive looking, when swimming in Lake Como, Italy, in 2006. Our devices were more like a multi-colored beachball with a cone on top, surmounted by a flag. They stood up about 2 feet above the waterline and may have been slightly weighted to keep the flag upright. Despite the size, they were not at all unwieldy, and you barely knew they were there.

I'm thinking of getting one to use here at home, on Lake Washington, where I regularly get buzzed by @ssh0les speeding along obliviously inside the 7-knot zone.

smontanaro
August 1st, 2011, 11:56 AM
I don't swim far from shore (when I swim in Lake Michigan), but on both the Chicago and Michigan sides you do tend to get bozos on their jet skis. Where I swim on the Michigan side the beaches are private, so there aren't even any marker buoys to identify a slow zone. You will occasionally get a jet ski or cigarette boat way too close to shore. Something like this looks like it would help.

wsandford
August 1st, 2011, 12:36 PM
Thanks out to everyone for the great responses and valuable information!

swimcat
August 1st, 2011, 02:17 PM
I tried to buy one last weekend in lauderdale. hope they reorder soon. said the demand from the west coast was overwhelming

ALM
August 1st, 2011, 03:00 PM
You will occasionally get a jet ski or cigarette boat way too close to shore. Something like this looks like it would help.

Yes, the beach lifeguards down here love it. If a guard is on duty when I arrive, I show it to him and explain what it is. When I come out of the water they always tell me how easy it was to see me while I was swimming.

Bobinator
August 1st, 2011, 10:37 PM
Sounds great, I want one! I always feel vulnerable in the lake, even if there's 2 or 3 of us. Thanks all for the great idea!

jgale
August 2nd, 2011, 01:06 PM
I bought one recently haven't used it yet despite doing a fair amount of open water swimming. I plan to test it out soon.