Swimming & flotation aids

The mandatory standard prescribes the labelling requirements for swimming and flotation aids.

About swimming and flotation aids

Swimming and flotation aids come in several forms that children can either wear, have attached to their bodies or sit in to stay afloat. They include, but are not limited to:

  • armbands
  • attached rings
  • swimming aid vests.

The mandatory standard applies to swimming and flotation aids made for children under 14 years old.

Exclusions

The mandatory standard excludes:

  • inflatable novelty shapes
  • unattached rings – complete or partial
  • kickboards
  • items for therapeutic use by people with a disability
  • life jackets or other personal flotation devices.

Mandatory standard

Consumer Protection Notice No. 3 of 2009 sets out the mandatory requirements for swimming and flotation aids.

The mandatory standard is based on certain requirements of the voluntary Australian Standard AS 1900-2002 'Flotation aids for water familiarization and swimming tuition'. AS 1900-2002 is available from SAI Global.

Labelling

There are two key warning label requirements for swimming and flotation aids. The words in each warning label must be:

  • in block capitals
  • not less than 6 mm in height when the aid is deflated
  • in a colour contrasting with the background.

Flotation aids

Flotation aids must be legibly marked with the following warning notice: WARNING USE ONLY UNDER COMPETENT SUPERVISION

Swimming aid vests

Swimming aid vests must be marked with the following warning notice: WARNING USE ONLY UNDER COMPETENT SUPERVISION NOT FOR USE IN BOATING

Related resources

Flotation aids for water familiarisation and swimming tuition - Supplier guide