Aquafit Hi-Support Upright Float With Saddle
Intended for the swimmer unable to maintain an upright position in water for any length of time.
The float consists of a ring with two large, soft and comfortable pillows to support the head, neck and shoulders. The thickness and volume of this float provides excellent anterior and posterior support and protection against the face going into the water.
An adjustable saddle is attached to the float, allowing the swimmer to be positioned within the ring. For swimmers with slow, writhing movements or who have stiff legs that cross, the saddle also secures them inside the float.
Great for swimmers with jerky movements or with little or no muscle coordination. The large pillows cushion the body for swimmers with arching movements or with forward flexion or body curling movements.
For swimmers with a left or right leaning tendency, we recommend our thicker foam Rolla Cuffs (Item 9276S) which can be wrapped around the ring to create arm rests and provide extra stability while inside the float. These lateral supports still allow freedom for hands to splash and feel the water. The Rolla Cuffs are sold as a pair.
Ankle weights can help stabilise and strengthen the legs while inside this float.
To transfer into the float requires two people. One person holds the swimmer under the armpits in an upright body position while the other person secures the saddle between the legs, attaches the velcro tab to close the float and fit the rolla cuffs for lateral support.
To exit the float, one person holds the swimmer under the float while the other person opens the velcro tab and unclips the saddle seat.
Inside circumference sizes:
Small, Item 9504S – 70cm
Small to Medium , 9504S/M – 84cm
Medium, Item 9504M – 90cm
Large, Item 9504L – 102cm
For the Aquatic Professional
Testimonial: I find this float an excellent option for use with my students with high support needs, particularly those with high or low muscle tone, and those who are not allowed to get water in their mouth.
The adjustable saddle allows me to choose the height that I need the student positioned in the water to engage in specific activities, and also ensures that the student doesn’t slip down through the float and place too much upwards force under their shoulders. The front and back pillows allow me to switch easily between supine and prone activities, and the front pillow provides an extra barrier to help reduce the risk of water getting too close to their mouth (this often requires bolstering by an extra front float and is dependent on the student).
Kimberley Treichel, Physiotherapist
$80.65 – $296.25