Discover the water through play

Fibby, the swimming aid with learning app that helps parents teach their kids essential water skills.

Watch, play, learn and before you know it, swim a little*

Teach your little one from as young as 2 years old essential water skills using Fibby - the unique tilting swimming aid and learning app.

  • Certified and patented tilting swimming aid
  • Practical guidance from experts for parents
  • Fun and entertaining instruction videos for kids
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    *Fibby helps parents to teach their children basic water skills, so that children can eventually get out of the water unaided. The Fibby swimming aid should never be used without close adult supervision.

    Designed by experts for your child’s development and safety

    The patented tilting mechanism puts children in a natural upright position causing them to instinctively tread water.

    Our learn-through-play training method has been developed by experts from the Dutch Don’t Drown Foundation.

    The Fibby swimming aid is carefully designed to allow maximum freedom of movement and comfort for your child.

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    The experts

    Jan Rijpstra

    Chairman of the National Dutch Swimming Safety Council

    “Fibby is a marvelous, innovative product for safety in the water. It brings safety and fun to kids and their parents at really young age.

    Prof. dr. Joost Bierens

    Editor-in-chief of the leading book Drowning

    “Normally I am very skeptical about these innovations, but with Fibby I have the feeling that all fits rather well.”

    Fibby stories

    “The first time in the water with the Fibby it is still a bit exciting. But as soon as my daughter feels that she is floating, a bright smile emerges. She kicks her legs - as she had seen in the video - and keeps herself afloat. The Fibby is intuitive, makes her waterproof and just as important, nice to wear. Parent and child both very happy 🙂 Fibby is great!”

    Annemiek, 4 year old Lauri’s mom
    One of the many parents who tested and co-designed Fibby

    Fibby is the tool to learn fear-free independent swimming. In fact, it’s just like the “balance bike” towards real cycling. Traditional swimming wings are like ‘tricycles’: they actually make the step to propel independence more difficult."

    Hugo, 2 year old Pip’s dad
    One of the many parents who tested and co-designed Fibby

    It's really cool to see how quickly he picks things up on his own. After two swims Mik is already swimming almost independently with Fibby on his back. Mik doesn't even let me help him."

    Elleke, 2 year old Mik’s mom
    One of the many parents who tested and co-designed Fibby

    “Nice to see that you can influence Evi’s behavior yourself! And we had a lot of fun and Fibby was nice too! On to the sixth time”

    Arjen, 4 year old Evi’s dad
    One of the many parents who tested and co-designed Fibby

    “I'm surprised to see that after two playful swims with Fibby Morris is really moving in the right direction. If at the end of the course he can get to the waterfront independently, I'm going to give fibby a big 10”

    Jurrien, 2 year old Morris’s dad
    One of the many parents who tested and co-designed Fibby



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    Our mission

    Make it safer and more enjoyable for everyone experiencing the water.

    Every day, 385 children drown worldwide. Last year we developed Fibby and its water safety method together with Dutch Don't Drown Foundation. Now Dutch Don't Drown is launching water safety projects worldwide with Fibby. Let's Am-Fibby-Fy Humanity!

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    Faq

    Let's start with the similarities: like most buoyancy aids, life jackets, and other swimming aids, Fibby is certified. As the first swimming aid, Fibby is certified according to the latest and strictest standard effective October 2021: EN 13138-1: 2021.<br><br>And from that starting point, we like to look at what makes us different from the rest. Fibby is designed by industrial designers, parents and experts of the Dutch Don't Drown Foundation with one simple goal: let parents and children discover the water together while they playfully develop essential water skills, years before swimming lessons start.<br><br>For this, nothing should get in the way. Firstly physically, a child must be able to move completely freely, on the shore and in the water. Secondly, in the water Fibby positions a child of 15-30 kg in an almost natural swimming position thanks to the patented tipping mechanism. This makes the step to self-reliance - eventually even without Fibby - a lot easier.<br><br>Because every learning process is unique but for every family is full of wonder, pride, and steps back, we developed a water safety methodology with the Dutch Don't Drown Foundation that allows parents and children to get started with Fibby themselves. The core of the methodology is play, which makes it easy for children to pick up. In the App, we help parents and children, step by step, on their unique and valuable water journey. Have you already watched the videos on the website?<br><br>And therein lies the big difference, Fibby is the world's first swimming aid with app that enables parents to develop essential water skills. That doesn't mean you can assume your child will swim away with Fibby the first time (as with other swimming aids). With Fibby your child learns to keep his or her face above the water, maintain balance, and turn away from the water in his or her own way. These are the first steps towards water freedom and self-reliance. Some do it straight away, others still find it exciting.<br><br>The same applies to Fibby: always have your child wear a Fibby when in the water and always keep it in sight, no matter how water-free your child becomes.<br><br>Finally, perhaps the biggest difference of all: we see the purchase of a Fibby as a start. We invite every 'Feeb' to stay in touch during your water adventures. If you get stuck then we are here to help, otherwise, we like to learn from your experiences.

    Fibby is designed for children between 15 and 30 kg, which is roughly between 2 and 6 years old. We recommend starting with Fibby as early as possible. The younger children are, the less fear they have developed, the sooner they will be able to swim completely freely.

    In the summer of 2021, parents from 52 different countries crowdfunded Fibby to bring this idea to life and make first production possible. Since then, there has been so much going on in the world that we had to keep postponing the delivery date. In the meantime, production has started, the first families are swimming with Fibby and more and more Fibby's are becoming available in our webshop. Do you want to be sure of swimming with Fibby this summer? Then order your Fibby right away.

    Sizes:

    Width: 19 cm / 7.5 inch

    Length: 27cm / 10.6 inch

    Height: 16cm / 6.3 inch

    Weight:

    263 grams

    Materials:

    The orange buoyancy is made of EPP (expanded polypropylene). The biggest benefit of EPP is its lightness or buoyancy, since 90% is made out of air. Unlike expanded polystyrene (EPS), known from packaging, EPP is a lot harder, so it doesn't crack or tear like expanded polystyrene.

    Fibby’s harness is made from neoprene, something that’s commonly used in wetsuits. Thanks to its 50% stretch, it feels like a second skin. You only have to adjust the strap for ergonomic fit.

    For now, it is available in Dutch and English (both in text and videos for parents and children). Given the worldwide interest during our crowdfunding campaign, we expect to be able to offer the app in multiple languages soon.

    Dutch design, made in Europe