AS even more people enjoy open water swimming this summer Ambleside based outdoor swim guiding company Swim the Lakes is urging people to be safe.

Swim the Lakes owners, husband and wife team Andrea and Pete Kelly, say amongst the essential kit people need are swim tow floats. They keep swimmers safer and visible and their belongings dry.

And, for the first time in the UK, they are made from recycled single-use plastic bottles which is much better for the environment. As Andrea Kelly explains:

“Most tow floats are made from virgin plastics like nylon which don’t sit well with eco-aware outdoor swimmers. We believe we are the first to be offering floats made with recycled plastic bottles. There are three versions, which are available now – a bubble tow float and two different sized drybag tow floats that can hold small items”.

“We’ve drastically reduced our use of PVC and virgin plastic so our Puffin floats set the bar high for environmentally aware, swim safety products,” adds Andrea.

Andrea also says: “Swimmers are very eco-conscious and quite rightly so. We have the privilege of swimming in some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and seas. Choosing eco-friendly floats is one way swimmers can reduce the impact of single-use plastics and help the environment.”

Peter Kelly, who has been guiding swimmers and introducing new swimmers to the Lakes since 2005, lists tow floats as one of four essential items swimmers need. That includes a wetsuit, good googles and a bright swim cap. Peter says open water swimming has huge health benefits but it is important to do it safely.

Anyone interested in buying tow floats made from recycled plastic bottles, and other Puffin Swim products, can do so at and other eco-conscious retailers.

About the three new tow floats:

  1. Bubble Eco Recycled Tow Float RRP £20.99 – Small, low-drag safety buoy
  2. Billy R20 Recycled Drybag Tow Float. RRP £27.99 – Medium-sized, low-drag drybag tow float for carrying essentials – drink, snacks, phone and keys.
  3. Billy R28 Recycled Drybag Tow Float. RRP £28.99 – Large low-drag drybag tow float – that can extend swimming adventures with room for light clothing and footwear. A perfect all-rounder and the favourite of the swim guides at Swim the Lakes.

About Swim Lakes and Puffin Swim

Lake District based adventure swimming guides Swim the Lakes is a family-run business based in Ambleside. Andrea and Peter Kelly have been guiding swimmers and introducing new swimmers to the Lakes since 2005. They developed Puffin Swim safety floats using their expertise in swim safety and in 2018 were the first to launch an eco-friendly tow float in the UK.

Main photo credit: Steve Ashworth Media.