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I would never trust a flexible and thin foam mat like that with kids, even wearing PFDs. They are very hard to climb back onto, and the fact that they are flexible makes it hard to push away from when you are stuck under. There are inflatable platforms available that are much safer, built the same way as stand up paddles. They are made of Vinyl-like ...


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It's very likely the kids will fall over when they move around on a foam mat - that's part of the fun. Jumping in is easy from these foam rafts, proper diving not so much. PFDs would make it harder to climb onto the foam, by increasing friction and catching on the edge, a task which an agile swimmer (i.e. most children and many adults) would otherwise ...


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You can't use the soft mats as a diving platform, nor can you get fully out of the water on them. (A concern if water is cold.) Building an offshore platform is fairly straight forward: You need dimension lumber and either several styrofoam blocks, or at least four 45 gallon plastic drums. Your local marina will have barrels in the fall that propylene ...


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