Flotation & aquatic toys

Flotation and aquatic toys are not safety devices, so children must be supervised at all times when playing with these toys in the water.

About flotation and aquatic toys

Flotation toys can help children stay afloat while they play. These toys come in styles that children can wear, attach to their bodies, hold on to, or sit in.

Flotation and aquatic toys include:

  • inflatable novelty shapes
  • inflatable toy boats for shallow water
  • unattached rings—complete or partial.

Risks and injuries

Flotation and aquatic toys are not safety devices. Children who can't swim may drown if their aquatic toy fails or if they do not use it properly. Children injured while playing with a toy in the water are at greater risk of drowning.

Parents and carers should constantly watch children using these types of  toys. As children are still developing, they generally have limited motor (brain to muscle) coordination and are not able to judge potentially dangerous situations or react to them in time.

Buying tips

  • Follow the manufacturer’s age and/or weight recommendations when choosing flotation and aquatic toys for children.
  • Flotation toys for younger children may not be able to support an older child’s body.

Safe use

  • Read the warning labels and packaging carefully and follow instructions for proper assembly and use.
  • Ensure an adult is constantly supervising children using flotation and aquatic toys.
  • If a child is injured while playing with an aquatic toy, take the child and toy out of the water and check they are not concussed or seriously injured. Keep them out of the water if there are any signs of illness or injury.