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How to keep your kid safe in the water

How to keep your kid safe in the water
Water exerts an irresistible attraction for all children. From the pool to the ocean, even at home during their bath, children love to play in water.
It's sparkly.
Things float in it. And it's fun to splash about.. 

However, as we all know, we should never leave our little bubbles unattended - whether in a bathtub, ornamental fish pond, lake, swimming pool, spa, river or at the beach. If you follow our 5 safety tips to make sure your little water bubble stay safe while having fun this summer - you can enjoy those memorable family moments to the fullest!

kid swimming

1. Teach your children to swim

A lot of places offer special swimming courses for infants from 3 months of age, where parent and baby get to enjoy the water together. Sharing water time with parents from this age, is a great way to establish feelings of comfort and joy in connection with water. Toddlers can start having swimming lessons as young as 2 or 3 years old. From this age they have developed the motor and synchronization skills necessary for learning how to swim. Lessons like this are all about getting comfortable with having the head underwater, learning the initial leg kicking movements and floating on the back. There are plenty of great articles online summing up expert knowledge about the best, safest & funniest ways to teach your child how to svim.

Meanwhile kids can also become familiar with and confident in the water by using floating devices, when playing at shallow and calm spots.

 

whipper flotation kids swim vest

 

2. Invest in proper-fitting flotation devices

When it comes to floatation devices, life vests are always a great precaution. They keep the child afloat so they can focus on learning the proper movements of swimming - or just on having fun.

When selecting a floatation device or swim vest, it is important to determine the purpose of the device. If it is meant for recreational purposes in safe and controlled environments with constant supervision, devices like the WhipperVest are perfect. The WhipperVest supports swimming and acts as impact protection. It furthermore makes every kid look extra classy at the local beach scene.  

Most vests, like the WhipperVest, features a safety lock that ensures that the vests stays put whenever the kid is in the water. It is the perfect swimming assistants for your little beach bullet.

If, on the other hand, you want the device to add an additional layer of safety, to ensure your kid stays safer in the water, you need to look for devices that are approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), ensuring that the device it safety enhancing. )

No matter what - make sure you choose the proper size and check weight recommendations on the label so the vest fits snugly and feels comfortable.

two kids windsurfing    

 

3. Protect your children from the sun

The sun radiates light to the surface of the earth, and that light is made of invisible UV rays. When these rays reach the skin, we experience tanning, burning and in worst case skin damage. Children are more sensitive to sun and heat than adults, so if you love taking your little fish to sea, avoid direct exposure to the sun, especially with younger children. Very young kids have thinner skin and less of the protective chemical melanin in the skin, and therefore burn faster and easier than older kids and adults. For children up to six months that can't tolerate the chemical components in most sunscreen products, clothing and sun hats are the best choice. It's also a good idea hitting the beach before 12am or after 3pm, when the sun and UV radiation is not at it's highest. Even though we hardly have to mention it, remember sunscreen and reapply often.

Numerous articles walk you through the step-by-step best ways to protect your small ones against the sun, the best sunscreens to wear and where to by protecting clothes.

4. Keep them hydrated

Because kids are always active they sweat a lot, even in the water. They easily get dehydrated, so make sure they get plenty of liquids during a hot day on the beach. Water is the number one defense against heatstroke and heat exhaustion because it keeps the body temperature down. Luckily kids usually feel their thirst and ask for water themselves - but if they are having fun, they might forget. Have them drink a cup to one and a half of water 40 minutes before you take off to the beach. If it's a hot day and your kid is playing hard under the sun, have them drink another cup of water every half hour. That will keep them hydrated and energetic during the day. Fruit also contains lots of water and is a great source of vitamins and energy for a fun day.

 

mom and kid windsurf

 

5. Choose the right spot and the right conditions

If you plan on introducing your kid to water sports like windsurfing, choosing the right spot is essential. Kids windsurf is all about about calm weather and protected water areas - it’s about having fun.

To begin with you just need a small area of water. It can be a pond, an outdoor swimming pool or a harbour. The great thing about framed areas, compared to the big, open ocean, is that they can’t physically sail away. If you do not have an area like this near by, agree with the small sailor that they can’t cross a specific point or tie a long leash to the board. The wind should be light so the kid feel in control of both  sail and board.

 

 

If you follow these simple precautions presented here, you will be able to lean back, relax and enjoy watching your kids first shark impression Olympic dive or windsurf session. 

 

 

 

  💦🐳🌤 That's all for now sweet Whipper. MAHALfor reading   🌤🐳💦

Meet the WhipperSail - the best windsurf rig for kids ever made!

Meet the WhipperSail - the best windsurf rig for kids ever made!

 

So… What is the deal about this new kids sail? The WhipperSail is special because it’s based upon a totally new concept developed in cooperation with Jeffrey Henderson from Hot Sails Maui.  It was NEVER a joke when we say that we take kids windsurfing seriously, and that’s the reason an excessive amount of energy was put into getting the concept JUST right.


This sail is designed specifically for the weight of kids between 3 and 6 years old, for beginner-friendly, light-wind conditions and big, soft cruising-boards like the WhipperBoard. It is simply the first kids’ sail that is designed bottom up with true intention, eagerness and no compromises!

  

sailtwist

The technical stuff


For the sail we intentionally chose high quality Dacron as main cloth. This makes the sail soft and forgiving - and just as important outstandingly colourful. It furthermore ensures  superior durability. Our 3d-panel design enables the bottom and forward shape of the sail to be constant and “full” at all times. This does what??

The sail catches any breeze and accelerates the windsurfer in a soft and gentle manner. The sail flex is superb and equal to the flex you see in full battened performance sails resulting in increased airflow. Because of that, the sail will always feel light in the hands of the sailor.

 

young kid windsurf

 

The mast is a long and juicy story, but we’ll confine ourselves and keep it short. It measures around the same diameter of a finger and is made from carbon/glassfibre. The mast is telescopic and the coolest feature of them all - it WHIPS! That means that assembling requires nothing but a whip of the hand and WHOPAAH! Because this piece of the rig is so light, the kids do not have to worry about being hit by the gear at all. This makes learning a FUN, easier and safer game than ever before offered to kids in the sport of windsurfing!

mast whip


The boom was created to match the super skinny mast. We also took a look at all the existing booms in the market and noticed how humongous they all are taking the target audience into account. Not only are they noticeably over-dimensioned for the kids that use them, they are also big and therefore expensive to ship. So YES - we created a super simple and really light two-piece boom that assembles along the length and locks itself in place simply by using the outhaul, thereby making the heavy-clumsy-bulky boomheads known from today’s booms completely unnecessary and redundant! This furthermore enables the entire rig to be shipped in a 20cm x 100 cm box making it cheaper for us to manufacture, and by that more affordable for all of you!                              

                    

                                      whipper sail

 

 Rigging the Whipper

Rigging the Whipper is done without feeding pulleys or clamps. Both outhaul and downhaul are fixed by pulling ropes with knots on and jamming them into slots. This can not be done wrong and therefore the Whipper will always hit the water perfectly trimmed and good-looking :)

Another cool detail feature is the uphaul-system. The uphaul itself is sewn into the mast-sleeve and has a bungee ensuring that it is never in the way when not in use.

If you want to take a closer look on how it’s done - check out our setup-guide here 💪🏽 

The rig fits all boards using a euro-pin connection. Make your kids stoked and Whipperize your exsisting windsurfboard or SUP by buying the rig here.

 

 

 🙋🏼🍉🔥 That's all for now sweet Whipper. MAHALfor reading 🙋🏼🍉🔥

WhipperKids mingling at the PWA

WhipperKids mingling at the PWA

Just like the former years, the World Tour of Windsurfing (PWA) had a stop in the windsurf capital of Denmark (and home town of WhipperKids) Klitmøller, Cold Hawaii, in september. Obviously the PWA is packed with professional windsurfers, devotees and expert old stagers. Moreover the event usually attracts every single windsurf enthusiast from the adjoining area – so naturally WhipperKids had be right on site!

 

Prior to the competition week we made sure that our danish-located prototype was all set and ready to pose & perform. We designed and ordered cool little contact cards that could quickly be cast in the hands of curious parents or interested windsurfers. Our plan was to plant the Whipper on site everyday while staying close by to watch the kids interact with the gear, and to answer potential curious questions.

 

Unfortunately for the competition organizers and professionals, the wind and weather gods did not provide conditions to run the heats as planned. With weeklong light winds and a sunny blue sky, it wasn’t possible to single out a winner of the danish tour stop. In return these weather conditions fell in favor of WhipperKids. With lots of children, families and windsurfers enjoying the weather at the venue site, the activity around Whipper was thorough – especially in the weekend! Handing out small Whipper giveaways and letting kids play with the prototype was priceless – boy did we see many happy faces! Lots of kids fell in love with the Whipper while we inescapably fell in love with them. Watching our upcomlings talk about, as well as play and pretend with the gear, planted several fresh ideas about design and development of assisting teaching material and accessories. Furthermore our numerous talks with parents, kids, other windsurfers as well as prominent people within the windsurf world also provided food for thought. 

 

 

As icing on the cake we were asked to do an interview on the PWA livestream during the thematic feature on the future of windsurfing. Getting to present the Whipper story and our product in this forum would be invaluable and pretty darn FUN, so of course the answer was an echoing YES! 

 

 

Showing up with salty hair in post-morning-surf-outfits pretty much set the tone for the interview. At least when thoughts like “Whaat, am I going on TV?” led to “Should I have changed my clothes?”, it was too late anyways.. Luckily this is probably what made the interview seem so natural and smooth, while of course having Ben Profitt himself to lead the conversation was a sweet finishing touch!    

 

Really.. Doing this interview seemed easier and more straightforward than anticipated, probably because you are talking about something you honestly believe in and are truly passionate about. This makes all sorts of regular TV-tricks like posing, pretending and faking completely foreign land! 

Anyways.. We really had a blast and are more than grateful for both the result and the opportunity itself. If you are bursting with curiosity, you can watch the full interview here.

 

Summing up.. This week was a excellent experience and help when it comes to getting more people familiar with WhipperKids. We increased our network and number of contacts – and hopefully in a positive way. It was a great week for letting the kids teach us more about the product as well as the way they learn and have fun. To be reminded that the kids know better, is the best way to stay humble. We keep our fingers crossed that the Whipper made it to the christmas wish list in a bunch of families!

 

The Whipper is first and foremost a toy meant to help the kids have successful first encounters with the water. That is the way we spark the fire in our future watermen- and women. 

 

 

Aloha a hui hou