New Wave Open Water Swim Buoy - Medium (15 Liter) w/ Drybag - PVC Orange
New Wave Open Water Swim Buoy provides:
- Visibility in Open Water. The brightly-colored New Wave Swim Buoy is exceptionally noticeable to boaters, jet skis, paddlers, surfers and some say, can be visible from space. Improve your visibility to avoid getting decapitated by a jet ski or a speed boat. Swimmers in black wetsuits are virtually invisible in the open water - New Wave Swim Buoy will display your prominently in the murky waters of the Loch Ness Lake - even the Loch Ness Monster will not confuse you for a tasty harbor seal or scrumptious sea cow or manatee.
- Safe Place to Float and Rest. Because of the natural buoyancy, the New Wave Swim buoy can be used as a flotation device. You have reassurance that in case you cramp up or simply need rest, you are able to grab the float.
- Very light to bring with you on a paddleboard or kayak trip. While the New Wave Swim Buoy does not replace personal floatation device (PFD) or a swim life vest, widely used by kayakers and standup paddle boarders (SUP's), the New Wave Swim Buoy is very lightweight (only 10 oz) to bring along for a refreshing swim workout in the open water. Add a bike blinker inside the float and your aqua-visibility quadruples or maybe even quintuples!
- Storage of Personal Items. The New Wave Swim Buoy is useful in point to point swims. Fastened to your waist by a belt with a tether line, the New Wave Swim Buoy has a storage compartment that is separate from the Inflatable Air Chamber. What do our athletes put in the buoy? Sunglasses, sunscreen, body glide, extra cap and goggles, running shoes, socks and clothes, diving mask, snorkel, camera, water shoes, iPod, book, snacks, water, gels, cash, credit cards, insurance card, car keys, cell phone, heart-rate monitor, asthma inhaler or allergy medicine, survival kit or a first-aid medical kit, and this list can go on. What would you take with you on a water-journey?
- Improved Monitoring of Athletes. If you want to keep an eye on your buddies or loved ones, or make sure that other swimmers are still in the race, spectators, officials, and lifeguards alike will appreciate the ability to see the safer swimmers from afar. If you put your cell phone in a Ziploc bag (just in case water was to get into the storage compartment), you can have your phone sharing your GPS location via MapMyRun or RunKeeper or Garmin Connect apps too to track exactly how far you swam AND to broadcast your location in the water for your friends to monitor the progress of your swim remotely.
Dimensions for Medium (23" x 10")
Capacity: 15L (Medium)
Suggested for safe swimmers up to and under 190 pounds
Why Swim with a Buoy?
Open Water Swim Buoy (Swim Buoy) is intended to provide visibility in open water, safe place to float and rest, and storage of personal items. If you are an avid sea, lake or river swimmer, we strongly encourage you to check out this swim safety device. Just inflate, strap it around your waist and start swimming! Even if you are an advanced swimmer who is pushing the possibilities of the sport of swimming, swim buoy is always a bright idea. Athletes that have never swam outside of lane lines will gain extra security by having the flotation support of the swim buoy within arm's reach, especially if they don't pace themselves or panic because when they can't touch the bottom. Swim buoy is also for people that swim in high boat traffic areas to increase their visibility to boats. Thirdly, on long distance swims, swimmers can bring nutrition, cell phone & valuables in the drybag portion of the buoy. Swim Buoy is NOT designed to perform as a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
Frequently asked question:
- Medium-15L (23" x 10") is suggested for swimmers up to 190 pounds.
- Large-20L (25" x 12") is suggested for swimmers over 190 pounds, or for those who want to carry more gear.
Wore it in a bay off the Pacific Ocean. Comfortable. Held my phone great and kept it dry.
This is a great buoy for siting in water - orange or green are good. The buoy that has a separate compartment for holding items is good. I gave it a 4 star because I do find that sometimes it gets wet inside. Maybe I didn't roll it properly. So, a second waterproof packet inside is helpful, especially for important items such as a cell phone. I liked the small waterproof lock bag until a lock mechanism broke off - don't know how, and now is not usable. Will check to see if I can get that part.
Warning: I learned this buoy is only for making you obvious in the water, not to use for resting as it could deflate from body weight. I am trying to learn to relax in other ways, such as treading water and floating on my back.
I feel much safer swimming in the lake with the swim buoy. I'm visible and if I should need a flotation device, this buoy will help. It gives me the freedom to swim when and as far as I'd like.
New Waves makes swim buoys for triathletes that swim in open water. I’ve used them for years for just that. But when I needed to monitor high school students doing Sting Ray and Sea Turtle Research while snorkeling in Santa Elena Bay in Costa Rica - I knew exactly how to keep track of students swimming! Multiple colors allow us to count in a flash and know who is accounted for. Plus, students love hanging out to rest/chat while holding their buoy under their arm - helpful when the wind kicks up!
Used 5-6 times and working as advertised.