For those with little aquatic experience, swimming is not usually easy to learn. For adults, the average swimming class is offered just once a week, whereas 20 to 30 classes per month are provided to children. Manta was designed to make swimming more available to all those who wish to learn.

Using adults as the main demographic, the designer focused on the essentials for learning to swim: horizontal floatation and the ability to flex and move, as well as a sense of support. Manta consists of a main buoyant body that floats underneath the person’s centre of mass (the core muscles and stomach), and has two leg pieces that float and flex with the kicking and movement of the legs. EVA foam provides enough buoyancy to stay afloat and enough rigidity and flexibility to give the support necessary for beginner swimmers to feel comfortable.

Manta empowers a demographic that is not being represented in the outdoor activity and sports equipment market. Importantly, it allows people who do not know how to swim to gain an essential survival skill. The World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control and Prevention offer statistics that suggest swimming is a skill that many people lack around the world. Mortality through drowning can be prevented with proper education and proper equipment.

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