THEY'RE one of the most popular swimming aids on the market.
But one swimming teacher has opened up about the dangers of body floats – admitting they actually increase the risk of drowning.
"Things that make me say ewwww as a swim instructor," Nikki revealed in a video on her TikTok page.
She began with swim pants, insisting that often "poo escapes into your pool water" when a child wears one and has to go.
Next up was the body float – which features two armbands with an extra floatation section that goes around the child's middle – and is also called a "puddle jumper".
"Builds false confidence and increases the risk of drowning," she wrote alongside that one.
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"THROW IT AWAY! Please!"
While Nikki had similar thoughts about the swimming fins that are often used when a child is learning to swim.
"It binds your child's feet together and increases risk of drowning," she explained.
"Throw it away!"
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Goggles were also on Nikki's list, because they "increase fear of getting the face wet".
And she concluded her list with the baby floats that tots sit in.
"Reinforces a vertical position (aka the drowning position)," she said.
"All of the things. Can’t stand them!" Nikki captioned her video.
"As a first time mom with a little who I am trying to get into swimming lessons, I appreciate this so very much!" one person commented on the video.
But not everyone agreed – with one writing: "I disagree with the goggles, they protect eyes from chlorine and make seeing underwater more fun which encourages my kids anyway to dunk faces more."
To which Nikki replied: "They’re okay if your child can swim effectively on their own.
"I work with kids 6 months- 6 years old."
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