How to Blow Up a Swimming Tube

How to Blow Up a Swimming Tube

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Swimming is an ideal way to cool off on a hot summer day. If you tire easily while swimming or intend to go swimming for long periods of time in deep water, consider bringing an inflated swimming tube with you. Swimming tubes offer extra support and keep your body above the surface of the water when you want to take a break in the water. Swimming tubes are also helpful tools for teaching children how to swim safely.

Step 1

Locate the plastic air nozzle valve with the pull tab cap on the swimming tube. The valve is typically recessed in new swimming tubes.

Step 2

Pull up on the tab for the cap. If the valve is inverted or recessed in the tube, position your thumb on one side of the valve and your pointer finger on the opposite side of the valve. Push your fingers together to squeeze the valve until it pops up.

Step 3

Exhale deeply and then inhale as much air as possible.

Step 4

Open your mouth slightly. Position the valve opening between your lips and close your mouth and lips around the valve opening.

Step 5

Exhale through your mouth. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth repeatedly until the tube is taut and completely filled with air.

Step 6

Push the cap down into the valve hole opening. Push the valve down into the tube.

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