Review of the iSwimband by Aquatic Safety Concepts -a Great New Product to Improve Water Safety for Kids

Kids love to play in water, but for parents having them play in or near water can be very stressful due to the risks of drowning. iSwimband is a new product that does not replace proper adult supervision around water, but is designed to give you an extra early warning system should your non-swimmer fall in the water or your swimmer stay submerged too long.

iSwimband is a wearable sensor that works in conjunction with a smartphone app. It comes with 2 straps – a wrist strap for non-swimmers (such as toddlers) and a headband for swimmers. The headband can be used as a headband or used to replace the strap on a pair of swim goggles.

To use the iSwimband you need to download the free iSwimBand app for your iPad or iPhone. You can monitor up to 8 iSwimbands with one iOS device. Each iSwimband can be uniquely identified with the users name or an identifying name or number. Each iSwimband can be set up in non-swimmer mode- where an alert sounds as soon as the sensor is in the water or swimmer mode where an alert sounds after the sensor has been submerged for a set amount of time (this time can be adjusted.)

iPhone Screenshot 3To activate the iSwimband you first need to download the app and switch on Bluetooth on your device then either tap the iSwimband on a hard surface 5 times or shake it to wake it up, you can then pair it with your iOS device. Once the iSwimband is paired you can change its name and set its alert level. Every time you switch on the iSwimband app it prompts you to do a test alarm to ensure the volume is set high enough that you will hear it if the alarm is triggered.

If you choose non-swimmer mode the iSwimband must be used with the wristband (or can be placed in a pocket), it will trigger an alarm as soon as it is submerged. In swimmer mode you must use it with the headband so it registers when the swimmers head is under water. The default is to have it alarm after 20 seconds of submersion and to register a warning after 10 seconds of submersion, but you can change this to decrease or increase the time before the warning or alarm. It is very easy to change between swimmer and non-swimmer modes if the sensor is being used by a different child.
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Review of the iSwimband by Aquatic Safety Concepts -a Great New Product to Improve Water Safety for KidsMary May 7, 2015 29.99+, Age, Baby/Toddler, Child Safety, Early Grade School, Elementary School, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Middle School & Beyond, Preschool, Product Reviews, Recommended by The iMums, Reviews, Travel Accessories 12 Comments
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The iSwimband is a great new product to improve water safety for kids. It is a sensor that can be worn on the wrist (for non-swimmers) or head (for swimmers). It does not replace proper adult supervision but, can give you a vital early warning if a non-swimmer falls in the water or a swimmer is underwater too long. Highly recommended for families who will be around water this summer !

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Kids love to play in water, but for parents having them play in or near water can be very stressful due to the risks of drowning. iSwimband is a new product that does not replace proper adult supervision around water, but is designed to give you an extra early warning system should your non-swimmer fall in the water or your swimmer stay submerged too long.

iSwimband is a wearable sensor that works in conjunction with a smartphone app. It comes with 2 straps – a wrist strap for non-swimmers (such as toddlers) and a headband for swimmers. The headband can be used as a headband or used to replace the strap on a pair of swim goggles.

To use the iSwimband you need to download the free iSwimBand app for your iPad or iPhone. You can monitor up to 8 iSwimbands with one iOS device. Each iSwimband can be uniquely identified with the users name or an identifying name or number. Each iSwimband can be set up in non-swimmer mode- where an alert sounds as soon as the sensor is in the water or swimmer mode where an alert sounds after the sensor has been submerged for a set amount of time (this time can be adjusted.)

iPhone Screenshot 3To activate the iSwimband you first need to download the app and switch on Bluetooth on your device then either tap the iSwimband on a hard surface 5 times or shake it to wake it up, you can then pair it with your iOS device. Once the iSwimband is paired you can change its name and set its alert level. Every time you switch on the iSwimband app it prompts you to do a test alarm to ensure the volume is set high enough that you will hear it if the alarm is triggered.

If you choose non-swimmer mode the iSwimband must be used with the wristband (or can be placed in a pocket), it will trigger an alarm as soon as it is submerged. In swimmer mode you must use it with the headband so it registers when the swimmers head is under water. The default is to have it alarm after 20 seconds of submersion and to register a warning after 10 seconds of submersion, but you can change this to decrease or increase the time before the warning or alarm. It is very easy to change between swimmer and non-swimmer modes if the sensor is being used by a different child.

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The manufacturer says the battery life is “hundreds of hours” and should last over a year if used an average of 2 hours a day, so unless you swim a lot it should last significantly longer than a year. I have not been testing it long enough to comment on how long it lasts in practice, but my iSwimband isn’t yet showing a significant decrease in battery level.

Unfortunately, the battery in the iSwimband is not replaceable, which does mean the device will need to be discarded once the battery runs out, I understand making it rechargeable or replaceable is tricky with keeping the device waterproof, but I would like to see this feature added in a future version.

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I like that the iSwimband has several different option for how to wear it, for non-swimmers having it on a wrist (or ankle) is definitely the safest way to go so that you know as soon as their hand (or foot) is submerged in water. For the headband option you can either use it as a stand-alone headband or use it to replace the strap in a pair of swimming googles. My kids like to wear swim goggles when swimming so using the iSwimband to replace the goggle strap is my preferred choice. At first I wasn’t sure it would work as the iSwimband strap is a little wider than the strap on my kids Speedo goggles, but it was flexible enough to fit through the gap, so it was held securely in place the little clips that hold the folded back strap (to keep it from sticking out) wouldn’t fit on the thicker strap though but we just replaced it with a small hair elastic which did the job just fine. One the strap was in place my kids hardly noticed they were wearing it on their goggles. I noticed on the website that they are now also including a clip as another way to attach it to a swim goggle headband so this should make it easier to attach to different thickness straps (this was not in my set so was not tested.)

In the summer months we spend a lot of time around the water both at a swimming lake and at an outdoor pool. I have 3 kids to watch, with varying degrees of swimming proficiency. It can be hard to have my eyes on them all at the same time, so I’m constantly looking from one to another. It can be nerve wracking if one child goes under the water whilst I’m watching another, so I’m grateful for having the iSwimband be another set of eyes for me. I can see on my iPhone how long they have been under water, and if they are under too long the alarm lets me know so I can act immediately.

For the system to work you need your iPhone (or iPad) with you (or at least where you can hear it). If you are not in the water that is fine, but if you are in the water you will need to have it in a waterproof case. Some waterproof cases only transmit sound through headphones, so you do need to make sure you have a case, such as the Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof Case, that will transmit sound.
The iSwimband can be used with a distance of up to 100 foot line-of-sight, and kids really shouldn’t be further away anyhow for safety reasons if they were to get into trouble. I think it is a great solution at lakes, pools and water theme parks. You definitely still need to be watching your child(ren) but it is an extra early warning system that can give you extra seconds or minutes, and in a potential drowning that time can be vital. I really like that you can monitor multiple children at once and that you can set different time limits for each child. My oldest son is a very competent swimmer both under and over water, so I want allow him a longer time period under water before triggering the alarm that I would allow his younger siblings who are much less accomplished in the water.

The iSwimband is a submersion detector, not a water detector so it isn’t triggered by children splashing and playing in the water, only when they go under water. You do not need to stay in the app for the alert to trigger, it will interrupt whatever you are doing. When the alarm goes off the screen flashes red, it is LOUD, and sounds like an emergency alert, which is exactly what you want – you won’t miss hearing this go off! I would highly recommend the iSwimband for families who will be around water this summer, the extra time an early warning signal can give you in a potential drowning situation can save lives.

The iSwimband is available from iSwimband.com, Amazon and other retailers RRP $59.99 which is a small price to pay for extra piece of mind and vital extra time in a potential drowning situation.