The Swim Buddy is an open water swim buoy, a safety aid included in swimming accessories for open water swimmers. It serves several important functions, such as:
- It makes you visible to boaters, jet skis, kiteboarders, paddlers, surfers or even landing float planes while you are swimming, lessening your chance of being accidentally run over.
- A swimmers’ progress can be more easily monitored by others, either on the water during an event by lifeguards, or just from shore by those monitoring your safety. It is a lot easier to see a bright orange buoy than a mostly submerged swimmer in a black wetsuit;
- It can be used as a floatation device when you need it in the case of cramps, dizziness, injury, fatigue or anxiety; and it can also be used to rescue others who are in any kind of distress, without risking being pulled under by a desperate swimmer (They can be easily and quickly unbuckled to share for this purpose);
- A swimmer can be more easily found and rescued in a race if still attached to a personal swim buoy.