Made to Keep You Afloat
Designed to easily and comfortably keep your entire body afloat, the Water Gear Ther-a-Floats are excellent for deepwater relaxation, spinal traction, and for focusing solely on lower body exercises. The unique donut-shaped training devices help keep swimmers, no matter their size or ability level, vertically suspended in deeper water. They use the same principles as a flotation belt, only are fitted around the arms instead of waist. Pair the devices with other training aids to give newer swimmers more confidence while in the water. Neck collars would work great at further supporting the head, while the Ther-a-Floats support the rest of the body. Try the Water Gear Water Cell Flotation Neck Collar or the Kiefer Adjustable Adult Flotation Neck Collar. Both are ideal for deep water exercises. They are made from extremely durable, buoyant materials and remain comfortable during even the longest of training sessions.
How To Use the Ther-a-Float
The Water Gear Ther-a-Floats are made from soft, durable closed cell EVA foam. They are available in medium (yellow) or large (blue) sizes. The round devices have 5” arm holes, which allow the floats to easily slide up your forearm and fit around your upper arm for a comfortable and supportive feel. Because they are able to slide so far up the arm, the Ther-a-Floats counter balance the entirety of your body weight and give more stabilization than other flotation devices. Use them alone to focus on rigorous leg exercises or simply take a break and relax with the pair. Use a second, separately sold, extremity float for a horizontal suspension. Other similar foam devices work great with the Ther-a-Floats to assist your full body workout. Try the AquaJogger Sqoodle, a square water noodle, that provides extra buoyancy and added support and resistance. And when you’re not using the Ther-a-Floats, store them in a mesh bag, such as the AquaJogger Mesh Bag, to ensure proper air ventilation and increase the longevity of the floats.
The AquaGear Opinion
Testers were more than happy to try out this uniquely designed flotation and rehabilitation device. Swimmers in the AquaGear pool were quick to notice that the Ther-A-Float’s soft material was quite comfortable against the skin. Even with extended wears, the construction did not chafe or irritate the skin. Because the extremity floats support the upper body with ease, they allowed testers to really focus on leg exercises. While other similar products tend to wear out the arms, the Water Gear product was so buoyant that it floated the entire body with ease and without tiring the swimmer. They were great to use while working leg muscle groups and while relaxing in the water, but their design did impede arm movements a bit and they might need to be taken off to fully work the upper body.
The Bottom Line
The Ther-a-Floats are one of the best and more supportive floatation devices that aqua aerobics enthusiasts and rehabilitating patients can use to achieve a comfortable suspension in the water.