The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 300,000 deaths annually are a direct result of drowning. Just recently, a couple lost their child to a drowning incident at a children’s party at the shallow end in the presence of adults, according to an article on parenting.com.
Life vests or large floaters have always been a hard sell due to their bulky nature but are extremely important. Water safety can’t get enough players, so welcome Kingii, the latest buoyancy innovation that’s an addition to the other water security equipment. The Kingii is worn around the wrist and does not take space but is effective in providing a cool James Bond-esque saving device.
Kingii was released in October 2015 and has had received positive reviews from different product critics who have said that it’s a must have this summer, “The Kingii, a tiny life preserver, could save your summer,” according to reviewer at the Huffington Post. The device, “fits on your wrist, stays out of the way, is rechargeable and is there when you need it most.”
Here are security recommendations from the makers of the device
We recommend wearing a life vest
Personal flotation devices like life vests that have been approved by official authorities like the US Coast Guards provide the best protection against drowning. Therefore, we also recommend wearing a life vest.
Kingii is not a personal flotation device and it cannot replace a life vest. Instead, Kingii is a recreational water device that may provide additional buoyancy to the water safety equipment that you already have.
Kingii cannot eliminate the risk of drowning
Kingii can provide additional buoyancy, but it cannot eliminate the risk of drowning. It is not a life-saving device. For example, Kingii requires the wearer to pull the lever, which may not be possible if the wearer loses consciousness or if the wearer panics. To reduce the risk of drowning, we recommend wearing a life vest.
Kingii should only be worn by experienced swimmers
Kingii is only recommended for experienced swimmers aged 16 years and older. Parental supervision is required.
The downside of the device is that after every use, a new CO2 cartridge has to be inserted before using it again. This means that you have to buy a lot more cartridges when ordering your device. Currently, the device can only be bought in the US for USD 89.99, but they offer free shipping worldwide.