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Old 01-20-2012
ernewill ernewill is offline
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Default Any experience with the ISHOF SafeSwimmer?

I am considering getting one. Anyone tried one? If so, what was it like?
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Old 01-20-2012
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I am considering getting one. Anyone tried one? If so, what was it like?
Haven't tried one, but there's this:

http://robaquatics.com/2011/03/revie...evice-ssd.html
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Old 01-21-2012
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Thanks for the link to the review. He wrote a thorough review and provided much more information than you can find at the ISHOF website....which has a few glitches. I travel a lot and like to swim if I get near a beach. This would be easy to pack.
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Old 01-21-2012
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Thanks for the link to the review. He wrote a thorough review and provided much more information than you can find at the ISHOF website....which has a few glitches. I travel a lot and like to swim if I get near a beach. This would be easy to pack.
Dave Barra brought one to the Maho Open water camp, but then again, Dave had no qualms about towing a paddleboard behind him on a swim in big windy chop...much more difficult than towing the dry bag, lol.
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Old 01-23-2012
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I have a big heavy prototype... i think the newer models are lighter and more waterproof. While I think they do offer a small level of protection, one should not be led into the false sense that towing one of these things will make a swimmer visible to all boaters.
Yesterday, I did tow the "Safe Swimmer" on top of a paddle-board from Maho to Cruz Bay yesterday. +/- 6 miles with Lennart.
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Old 01-23-2012
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Default The safeswimmer works

I have had one for over a year. It seems like the line would get tangled in your legs but it is surprisingly unobtrusive. After the first few minutes, you forget that it is there. It is great for storing valuables that you do not want to leave on the beach during your swim. This device with a brightly colored swim cap make me feel a little safer in open water although I do stay pretty close to shore.

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Old 01-23-2012
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I saw some using it for practice and warm ups during an open swim in Indiana. I'd like to start getting into open swimming and the lake where I live near has a large no wake zone that would be safe but I still want some type of buoy like this to draw attention from boaters.
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Old 01-26-2012
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I am going to go ahead and order one. I will take it with me on my travels. It will be handy on beaches that I am not familiar with.
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Old 01-26-2012
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ernewill,

You will not be disappointed. I have one and have used it mainly on swims with new open water swimmers as a safety valve and have used when swimming by myself. It had a compartment that is completely dry and you can put your valuables in it while swimming rather than leaving it on the shore. The float works very well as I have rested on it while waiting for the group to reform. I have also not encountered any interference while swimming with the buoy with either my legs or arms, even in very windy and rough conditions. I did read a review that if you are going to use in the surf it can be a problem. Rob Aquatics did a great initial review that I read before deciding to purchase. His only complaint was that the plastic clip was not strong enough to stay fastened to the belt when trying to get through the heavy surf from shore.
Several times he said he made through the surf only to turn around and see the buoy floating to shore. Other than that issue which I haven't encountered it is a great deal for the price.
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Old 04-20-2012
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Default Paddle-Board?

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Yesterday, I did tow the "Safe Swimmer" on top of a paddle-board from Maho to Cruz Bay yesterday. +/- 6 miles with Lennart.
I am wondering why you choose to tow a paddle-board. Is it vary the experience of being in the open water from swimming to sightseeing?
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