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iSwimband Helps Prevent Kids From Drowning

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According to the CDC, “from 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day.” That’s much too large a number, and if the iSwimband pictured above can help bring it down even just a bit, we’re all for it. This device basically alerts you when it senses that one of your children could be in danger of drowning. There are two models: one is for swimmers and is worn around the head, the other is a wristband for younger kids and those who don’t swim yet. The swimmer’s headband lets kids go in the water, but will alert you on your phone if it senses its been under water for too long. The non-swimmer’s wristband however will immediately ping you if it gets wet. This way you can step away from the pool for a couple of minutes, or read that book, without having to worry that your kid will disobey you and actually get in the water like you told him not to. It’s $99 for a set including the app, and two sensors.

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A Pest in the Water: Giant Cockroach Float

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When you tell people that there’s a giant cockroach in the water, then you can expect a few of them to freak out and jump out of the pool because, well, there’s a roach. But put this particular giant roach into the pool, and you’ll get a few disgusted side glances at most along with a couple of double-takes.

The Giant Cockroach float is exactly what its name says it is, and while it may not feel as scratchy as an actual roach (“scratchy” being my choice of adjective, after several encounters with roaches that seemed to think that it was a good idea to hide in my shoe, of all places), it’s still very much capable of raising the hairs of those who are katsaridaphobic.

The float is available online for $29.95.

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These Wetsuits Will Make You Invisible To Sharks

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We’re all for getting in the water and sploshing around… Actually, scratch that; water isn’t our thing. Well, it’s not my thing, so I’m not going to encourage anyone to enter a realm that is clearly not intended for human presence. Between jelly fish, stingrays, piranhas and sharks, there are plenty of reasons to stay away. But if you’re going to do it anyway, might as well don these wetsuits that apparently make you completely invisible to sharks. The particular patterns and colours are invisible to the colorblind killing machines. Created by Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson, working with the University of Western Australia, the suits work on the principle that even if sharks use other senses to find you (bleeding, much?), vision is used in the final approach. Since sharks see in black and white, the patterns on the suits make you either totally invisible to them, or unpalatable. Yeah, in one of the suits, the one geared towards surfers and called “The Diverter”, the shark takes a look at you and goes “ugh, gross”, and swims away. If staying alive is a priority of yours, being considered unappetizing by your predator should not be something to feel bad about.

Expect to see not only wetsuits with the patterns on the market, but stickers for the underside of surf boards as well. We’re not sure about price or availability though.

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The Powerbreather Is A New Take On The Snorkel

By David Ponce

Whether you’re a competitive swimmer, or just learning, you might be interested in the Powerbreather. It’s a snorkel made from an elastic material, and it fits snugly around the head. Like most snorkels, air is inhaled through the back, although water is prevented from entering through the use of a check valve. Air is then exhaled exclusively through the mouthpiece, which in ensure through the use of another valve. This makes it so that no stale air is ever re-inhaled, eliminating fatigue effects associated with snorkel use. And “because of the two interacting valves no water gets into the snorkel when descending.” So what you have is the ability to just swim without ever needing to tilt your head up for air, which would be great for a more effective workout, learning to swim, or just snorkelling in the tropics without swallowing a bunch of saltwater in the process.

There’s no word on price of even availability, but it appears to be a new product out of Germany.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]