Adult Paraplegic Swimming Aids

by Woody

My wife has recently suffered a spinal cord injury and is keen to get back into swimming. Our physio has recommended a neck float and hip float to assist. Not only do these aids make her feel like everyone is looking at her they are also cumbersome and interfere with her ability to freely stroke. Do you know of any manufacturers of equipment that will offer her buoyancy whilst she regains her confidence?

Thank You

Hello Woody,

Swim jackets are a good swimming aid to help people who need extra buoyancy not just for people with spinal cord injuries. It’s a good way of gaining buoyancy without causing tension on the spine allowing to move your arms freely. There are lots of different types on the market and they resemble a life jacket that is worn like a jacket.

Here’s a website that sells swim equipment so you get an idea of what I’m talking about.

i do totally agree with you on the fact that a neck float is unsuitable and people will look at you wearing one simply because they are different. I cannot really see the benefit in these neck floats because they encourage you to swim vertically rather than horizontal.

Have you tried a swimming woggle? They are quite good and they support you under the arm. Again this isn’t specifically for spine injury but support you under the arms. It can also be used on the back as well as on the front.

I would suggest these may be your best options to try and if it doesn’t work then try something else till you find the best option that suits your wife....I appreciate it is difficult trying to find the best option. Keep trying and don’t give up....

Thank you for contacting me please get back in touch if you need more help I wish you the best of luck finding the best swimming equipment for your wife.

Dale :)....

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