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Open Water Swimming With The Swim Safe Floating Dry Bag Tow Float

For open water swimming a tow float is an essential bit of safety kit. Over the last few weeks I’ve been putting the Swim Secure floating dry bag to the test. Find out how I got on with it…

What is it?

Swim Secure Floating Dry Bag £27.99

Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Stockists

Features

  • Available in pink or orange
  • A variety of sizes are available, size small up to XL
  • Double airbag system
  • Tow float with an integrated dry bag
  • One way valve

What we thought

I took up open water swimming during lockdown and haven’t looked back since. I’ve steadily been amassing kit and a tow float was something I was delighted to finally get my hands on.

I was sent a Swim Secure dry bag from drybags.co.uk which doubles up as a float in bright pink, (to match my swimming gear). I’ve had the opportunity to use it several times and have been extremely happy with its performance.

Swim Secure Floating Dry Bag used on a very dull, foggy day in Cornwall

Blowing up the float is quick and easy. It takes less than a dozen breaths and the valves are one-way, which means you don’t have to worry about air leaking out, so there’s no awkward mad panic to try and screw the cap on to stop air escaping.

Swim Secure Floating Dry BagIn the water with the dry bag that’s easy to spot from quite some distance

When using any new dry bag I’m always a little cautious, starting off with my car keys and eventually trusting it enough to put my phone inside. This dry bag works like any other, pop anything you want to keep on you and safe inside, then roll the top down a few times before clipping it securely in place.

Pros

  • Quick to blow up
  • Thick and sturdy
  • Drybag function works very well
  • One way valve for easy inflation
  • Very bright colour for great visibility even in very dull conditions
  • Easy to attach around the waist
  • No drag that I noticed

Cons

  • None that I can think of!

Swim Secure Floating Dry BagSwimming at Boundary Water Park with the Swim Secure Floating Dry Bag

The verdict

Our Rating

Quality 5/5

Practicality 5/5

Looks 5/5

Value 5/5

Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

This being my first ever a tow float, I have nothing to directly compare the Swim Secure float to, but I do have plenty of dry bags so I can draw comparison in that respect and this is sturdy and capable and keeps anything you put inside bone dry and safe.

Swim Secure Floating Dry BagThe Swim Secure Floating Dry Bag really does increase your visibility out on the water

Having swum in really dull and foggy conditions, I can confirm that the float is highly visible and really does stand out even from quite some distance, so from a safety point of view, it’s brilliant and does exactly what it needs to do.

As a relatively novice open water swimmer, it did make me feel more confident in the water and although I occasionally felt the bag knock my leg as I swam, I didn’t notice any drag from it.

Although relatively buoyant in my winter wetsuit, I did stop swimming momentarily to hold onto the float, and it was extremely capable at keeping me afloat whilst I repositioned my goggles mid-swim.

Having used this on my last few open water swims, I don’t ever intend taking to the water without it! It’s excellent value, reassuringly sturdy and well-made and the colour really stands out, so from a safety point of view, the float makes me feel safer and more secure when out in the water, making it a must for open water swimming.

Swim Secure Floating Dry Bag Swim Secure Floating Dry Bag

DISCLOSURE | Thank you to Drybags.co.uk who supplied the featured product to us to test. We were not paid to write this review.

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Shell loves all things travel and outdoors and is a nature-loving, comfy-camping kinda girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident which left her with a broken back. Despite this she used the outdoors and healing power of nature to aid her recovery and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.

From open water swimming, snowboarding and kayaking to hill walks and meditation, Shell shares her travels and microadventures here on the blog and in various publications she’s written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting wellbeing and the many benefits of nature therapy.

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