Swimming Patents (Class 434/254)
  • Patent number: 9424730
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to a device that provides haptic, auditory and/or visual indications representing a swimmer's deviation from an intended path. Visual indications can be displayed on one or more lenses of the swimmer's goggles. In this way, the swimmer can receive continuous guidance to swim in a desired direction without lifting his head to sight. The device can be configured as a base unit that can be worn on the head and an eyepiece that is attached to a lens of the swimmer's goggles. The eyepiece can include one or more LEDs for displaying the visual indications based on information received from the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Solarstone, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Holm, Raymond Rogers
  • Patent number: 9233275
    Abstract: A muscle conditioning or muscle assessment apparatus comprises a load bearing component incorporating a proximal portion for engagement with at least part of a user's body, and a distal portion for securing said component to a fores applying apparatus or an operator; and a transducer located between said proximal and distal portions; said transducer being configured to derive signals representative of the tensile and/or compression forces applied to said load bearing component; wherein said apparatus further comprises means for determining one or more characteristics of position and/or displacement of said load bearing component; said apparatus being configured to output signals representative of said force and the direction of said force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Donald Gatherer
  • Patent number: 9217634
    Abstract: Systems and methods for lap timing and counting in athletic events are disclosed. The systems and methods do not require the athlete to wear a counter/timer, a transmitter, a reflector or another kind of marker. A portable computing device with a sensor, such as a tablet computer with a camera, is positioned in an appropriate location. Data from the sensor is transformed into a time series of data, and one or more learned statistics are calculated in real time as benchmark ambient conditions. The learned statistics are essentially continuously updated and data that indicates irrelevant volatility is excluded. A detection threshold is determined and essentially continuously updated based on the learned statistics, and lap completion is determined based on the threshold. Times, lap counts, and other data are displayed on the portable device in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Swimpad Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L Firmin
  • Publication number: 20150017621
    Abstract: A breathing aid attachment for swimming includes at least one first part for fixing the device to the head of a swimmer and a second part including a first substantially planar surface defined between a first edge and a second edge, the edges extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the transverse plane of the human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: EPTEO
    Inventor: Laurent Clisson
  • Publication number: 20140315171
    Abstract: The invention is related to a swimming teaching apparatus which provides user to make a complete swimming like action on land. The special technical features are a body rotation mechanism, arms guide, a breathing sink and a kick pad for legs, all together to perform on land swimming exercise. All strokes can be skilled with a precise instruction by the coach when the user is stationary on the invention. The invention allows user to do continuous practice of the swimming movements without be interrupted by a breathing problem, when the arms and legs are well coordinated, breathing sink then add to exercise, user can do combined actions slowly to ensure the correctness. The invention is tried to substitute the buoyancy of water as a pre-training machine for those schools which have no swimming pools can still carry out swimming courses for their students to reduce drowning incidents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Tzu-Jan Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140212858
    Abstract: The invention provides a training aide for swimmers and sportsperson. The device includes a tail piece which extends from a head support. The tail piece is aligned so that it will contact with the body, so as to provide feedback to the wearer when their head has moved and is not properly aligned. The tailpiece may be aligned so that raising the head causes the tailpiece to press against the back of the neck or shoulders. The head support may be integrated into the strap of swimming goggles, or have a separate head strap suited for holding the training device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Lewin
  • Publication number: 20140099615
    Abstract: There is provided an auditory feedback swim training device for use by a swimmer. The device includes a flow meter connectable to the swimmer and configured to measure a flow rate of fluid while the swimmer is swimming. A control unit determines a speed or distance of the swimmer from the measured flow rate. A selection tool is in operative communication with the control unit and configured to receive a user input corresponding to desired swimming performance data. An auditory feedback device is wearable by the swimmer while swimming and in operative communication with the control unit. The control unit is configured to derive the desired swimming performance data from the determined speed of the swimmer and generate a feedback signal corresponding to the derived swimming performance data. The auditory playback device is configured to project an audible signal corresponding to the feedback signal while the swimmer is swimming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Topcor, LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Sweeney, James S. Sweeney, Robert M. Shahandeh
  • Patent number: 8681006
    Abstract: A swim monitor comprising a motion sensing device and a controller is provided. The motion sensing device is capable of detecting motion in a plurality of mutually orthogonal axes and the controller is arranged to capture motion data generated by the motion sensing device and to generate swim motion information with reference to the motion data collected. The controller is arranged to generate swim style information with reference to a rhythmic motion pattern detected in at least one selected motion direction. Such a swim monitor provides a compact device for swim monitoring and a simple solution to proved swim style information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dayton Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Yuen
  • Patent number: 8641580
    Abstract: Individual swimmers may routinely and easily perform exercise regiments to maintain or enhance their general health and fitness utilizing the present invention. A pole may be secured adjacent a body of water to retain a tether and a harness which retains the swimmer. Numerous pole mounting arrangements provide for deployment of the swimming exercise device with nearly any configuration of swimming pool without regard for whether the pool is of the in ground style or of the above ground style and without regard for size from the smallest available to Olympic size. A small but durable hand rail mount and a water filled anchor which merely sits adjacent the body of water provide for excellent securement of the pole without any structural modification to any existing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Bellerive
  • Patent number: 8622746
    Abstract: A teaching aid is provided for use in swim training. The teaching aid comprises a unitary body that is approximately U-shaped. The body defines an opening adapted to receive a torso of a swimmer. The body further comprises a pair of end portions, each of which is tapered to a rounded tip. The end portions further comprise inward-facing fins. A method using a teaching aid for a variety of swimming techniques including front kick, back kick, starfish, doggy paddle, front crawl, back crawl, elementary back, breaststroke, dolphin kick and eggbeater kick is also provided. A method of using the teaching aid and a method of providing instructions to a swimmer to use the teaching aid are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Farhad Gholami-Shabani, Dianne Beverly Croteau
  • Patent number: 8556633
    Abstract: A method for teaching an adult or child how to breathe through an air regulator is provided. The method includes providing an air regulator and a first air pump positioned at a location proximate a residential pool and outside of the residential pool, wherein the air regulator and the air pump are operatively connected with one another via a hose that allows air to flow from the air pump and be supplied to the air regulator in an amount sufficient for a human child or adult that is able to swim to breathe. The method further includes supplying the adult or child air from the air pump via the hose and through the air regulator to allow the adult or child to breathe underwater in the residential pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas M. Aaberg
  • Patent number: 8529269
    Abstract: A swim instruction harness comprising an adjustable support band that fastens around a child's torso with a loop handle for a caregiver to hold the child. An adjustable strap between the legs is attached to the adjustable support band, thus allowing the caregiver to hold the child in a horizontal body position in the water without being in the child's way. The harness gives the child needed support while also challenging the child to use its own strength and buoyancy to swim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Caitlin Coulombe
  • Publication number: 20130143189
    Abstract: A teaching aid is provided for use in swim training. The teaching aid comprises a unitary body that is approximately U-shaped. The body defines an opening adapted to receive a torso of a swimmer. The body further comprises a pair of end portions, each of which is tapered to a rounded tip. The end portions further comprise inward-facing fins. A method using a teaching aid for a variety of swimming techniques including front kick, back kick, starfish, doggy paddle, front crawl, back crawl, elementary back, breaststroke, dolphin kick and eggbeater kick is also provided. A method of using the teaching aid and a method of providing instructions to a swimmer to use the teaching aid are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Farhad Gholami-Shabani, Dianne Beverly Croteau
  • Publication number: 20130040272
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving the physical capability of an athlete in a multi-discipline athletic endurance competition including a specially programmed computer implementing the method are provided. The computer generates a normalized performance value of an individual athlete for each of at least two different disciplines of a multi-discipline athletic endurance competition and correlates said normalized performance values to expected competitive performance results for at least one distance of each of said disciplines. An output device operatively connected to the specially programmed computer can further generate an electronically or physically printed exercise program correlated to achieving an incremental improvement in normalized performance values for each of said disciplines within a particular period of time to guide the athlete to improve his/her physical capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Booher
  • Publication number: 20130017521
    Abstract: A swim trainer vest comprising a swimmer support handle to hold the child up horizontally in water and instruct the child to perform swim strokes so that a child can become a better swimmer. The swim trainer vest has adjustable safety straps and safety latches to fit the swim trainer vest on children with different body circumferences and weights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Marvin Sykes
  • Patent number: 8348672
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may be used to both train and test instructor proficiency with a group exercise training routine. In a training mode, the graphical user interface may display visual cues indicating upcoming transitions from one activity to another. In response, the user may perform an action (e.g., clicking a button with a mouse cursor) to select the transition at the appropriate time. In a testing mode, the graphical user interface may display an indication of whether the correct selections are made, as well as made at the right time. This approach allows the user to rapidly develop substantial proficiency with the exercise routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: MPS Systems Corps
    Inventor: Mike Saunders
  • Patent number: 8308523
    Abstract: A swimming hoop with a buoyancy member and flexible frame. By increasing or decreasing the buoyant force provided to the flexible frame by the buoyancy member, the user is able to position the swimming hoop at a desired vertical distance within a body of water. To increase or decrease the buoyant force, a pump is used to increase or decrease the level of air within an air chamber. The buoyancy member is adjustably secured to the flexible frame. The flexible frame may be generally circular, square, or any other shape, and is flexible such that other shapes can be further obtained by twisting or manipulating the flexible frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Water Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Raymond
  • Publication number: 20120208158
    Abstract: A swim instruction harness comprising an adjustable support band that fastens around a child's torso with a loop handle for a caregiver to hold the child. An adjustable strap between the legs is attached to the adjustable support band, thus allowing the caregiver to hold the child in a horizontal body position in the water without being in the child's way. The harness gives the child needed support while also challenging the child to use its own strength and buoyancy to swim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Caitlin Coulombe
  • Publication number: 20120208159
    Abstract: A swim instruction harness comprising an adjustable support band that fastens around a child's torso with a loop handle for a caregiver to hold the child. An adjustable strap between the legs is attached to the adjustable support band, thus allowing the caregiver to hold the child in a horizontal body position in the water without being in the child's way. The harness gives the child needed support while also challenging the child to use its own strength and buoyancy to swim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Caitlin Coulombe
  • Publication number: 20120122064
    Abstract: A training system for assisting a coach to train a swimmer, including a swimmer side system and a coach side system electronically communicated. The swimmer wears a head-gear which includes a swimmer's data collection kit (SWDCK) which includes in turn sensors, a processor and a transceiver. A display for the swimmer is attached to a head belt or to goggles. A speaker for transferring audible information to the swimmer is typically a bone-conduction speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Eran BEN-TAL
  • Publication number: 20120088214
    Abstract: A training aid apparatus for swimming includes a cord with first and second ends and first, second, and third cord retention devices positioned on the cord. Each of the cord retention devices includes a through hole that receives the cord twice so as to define first, second, and third loops in the cord. The second and third loops may be secured to the legs of a swimmer such that when the swimmer kicks during swimming, the training aid apparatus limits the maximum vertical and horizontal distances that the legs can move apart from each other. Thus, the training aid apparatus encourages proper kicking form during swimming. The cord retention devices are adjustable so that the limitations imposed on the swimmer's legs can be modified for different swimming strokes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Ralph R. Brodbeck
  • Publication number: 20120009553
    Abstract: A training system for assisting a coach to train a swimmer, including a swimmer side system and a coach side system electronically communicated. The swimmer wears a head-gear which includes a swimmer's data collection kit (SWDCK) which includes in turn sensors, a processor and a transceiver, A display for the swimmer is attached to a head belt or to goggles. A speaker for transferring audible information to the swimmer is typically a bone conduction speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Eran BEN-TAL
  • Publication number: 20110250577
    Abstract: A method for teaching an adult or child how to breathe through an air regulator is provided. The method includes providing an air regulator and a first air pump positioned at a location proximate a residential pool and outside of the residential pool, wherein the air regulator and the air pump are operatively connected with one another via a hose that allows air to flow from the air pump and be supplied to the air regulator in an amount sufficient for a human child or adult that is able to swim to breathe. The method further includes supplying the adult or child air from the air pump via the hose and through the air regulator to allow the adult or child to breathe underwater in the residential pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas M. Aaberg
  • Publication number: 20110223572
    Abstract: A method is provided of teaching swimming to a non-swimmer or poor swimmer. The method includes teaching swimmers to use their natural buoyancy to overcome their fear of deep water. Upon losing the fear of deep water, it is easier to teach additional strokes and swimming techniques since the swimmers have confidence in their ability to be safe in deep water environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Theodore Thomas Bobbitt, JR.
  • Patent number: 7846072
    Abstract: Individual swimmers may routinely and easily perform exercise regiments to maintain or enhance their general health and fitness utilizing the present invention. Multiple part poles may be readily shipped, or otherwise transported, in a disassembled state and assembled easily and quickly to full length for use with the overall swimming exercise device. Various configurations of sections and connections are disclosed. Ideally a taper will exist where the deployed multiple part pole will flex more toward an outer end of the multiple part pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Bellerive
  • Patent number: 7833107
    Abstract: An apparatus to aid in diving techniques, comprising a base assembly having first and second frame arms and first and second transversal supports. The first and second frame arms are perpendicularly disposed to the first and second transversal supports. The first transversal support comprises a first L-bracket and the second transversal support comprises a second L-bracket. A slide assembly comprises first and second lateral sides and first and second ends. The slide assembly is hingedly mounted onto the base assembly by at least one hinge. Elevation means elevate the first end to place the slide assembly from an approximately horizontal position to an angled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Ramon A. Garcia-Morales
  • Patent number: 7787943
    Abstract: There provided a heart rate monitor that includes a pair of electrodes, a program control panel having a power supply, a vibration feedback module for advising the user when predetermined heart rates have been reached, and a data retrieval member. The electrodes are arranged to be in contact with the swimmer's body and connected to a microcontroller in a program control panel. The program control panel has a plurality of heart rate selection members that provide a signal for sending to the swimmer when the predetermined heart rate has been reached. When the predetermined heart rate is reached, the signal is sent to a vibration feedback module. Another aspect of the present invention is to log heart rate data and swimming duration. This is accomplished by providing the program control panel with blue tooth zone selectors that export data from the program control panel and imports the data to a hand held computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel K McDonough
  • Publication number: 20100197468
    Abstract: An apparatus related to a swim training vest with which one or more water resistance induction ducts may be associated; consisting of a front panel and back panel secured together by an adjustable strap; generating a variable amount of resistance in the water by adjustment of a flap at the exhaust end of the water resistance induction ducts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Min Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100151428
    Abstract: The present inventions relates to the field of human activities involving staying in water, in particular, in immobile or immobilized states. The claimed technical result reduces to ensuring highly stable staying at the surface of deep water, in particular, under conditions of considerable water surface roughness. According to the proposed invention, the face is turned up, the head is straightened, the legs are flexed, the arms are drawn aside and turned outside, and the forearms are flexed. Alternatively, the arms are straightened and the thighs are flexed or the arms are flexed and the thighs are straightened. Some distinctive features are related to additional technical means, which facilitate realization of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Mikhail Ivanovich Lazarev
  • Publication number: 20100107297
    Abstract: A training garment is provided for use by a swimmer. The garment includes a layer of material that is configured to conform to a body portion of the swimmer, and a plurality of pockets that extend from the layer of material for increasing drag on the swimmer as the body portion is moved in a preselected direction of movement. At least one of the pockets has first and second conditions. In the first condition, drag is increased by that pocket on the swimmer as the body portion moves in the preselected direction of movement. In the second condition, drag is not increased by that pocket on the swimmer as the body portion moves in the preselected direction of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Ralph R. Brodbeck
  • Patent number: 7601103
    Abstract: This invention relates to a “swimming exercise device”, which includes a device body, a pendulous device, two arm stroke gears and two elastic devices. The body includes a front portion and a rear portion; one end of the front portion is coupled to one end of the rear portion; a space is formed between the front portion and the rear portion. The pendulous device is disposed in the space, one end thereof is pivoted on the front portion and the other end thereof is pivoted on the rear portion. The arm stroke gears are respectively on the top of both sides of the front portion of the body and the elastic devices are respectively pivoted on the upper edge of the rear portion of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventors: Her-Chun Chen, Her-Fa Chen
  • Patent number: 7601003
    Abstract: An aquatic doll is used to test and train rescue and life saving skills. The doll has a torso and has arms, legs, and a head all connected to the torso. The torso, arms, and legs are all substantially hollow and define a plurality of holes for filling the doll with water. A pair of feet are weighted and attached to the legs for breaking the surface of the water and causing the legs to sink initially when the doll is positioned on the water. Preferably, the head can be turned from side to side for a rescuer to simulate a water clearing technique during a rescue. In addition, the head can be tilted and has a moveable jaw for a rescuer to simulate a jaw thrust method in CPR. Finally, a spring and clicker mechanism is positioned in the hollow of the torso for simulating chest compression techniques of CPR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnny R. E. Quest, Kristofer Jurski
  • Patent number: 7585256
    Abstract: A swimming simulation system is provided, aspects of which include a dynamic bench, an arm cable pulley system coupled with hand grips, a foot cable pulley system coupled with a foot hold, and a resistance mechanism with attached gearing systems. All of the assemblies are operatively connected to a support frame. A user may lay face forward on the dynamic bench, or on their back on the dynamic bench, and pull the hand grips and/or foot holds to simulate swimming. The dynamic bench comprises a fixed center portion and independently rotatable sides that are interconnected at an interior edge to the fixed center portion and to biasing members at a point away from the interior edge. The side portions move independently of each other and provide a simulation of the yaw a swimmer experiences while swimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventors: David Day Harbaugh, IV, Carly Ann Greer, Michael Ryan Wallden, Charles Scott Whipple
  • Publication number: 20090197230
    Abstract: A method of managing the activities of adolescents attending a swimming pool facility consisting of identifying nonswimmer adolescents attending the facility, requiring such adolescents to take and pass a swimming test, issuing attire signifying passing such test, requiring such adolescents to wear such attire when entering the pool and barring adolescents failing to wear such attire from entering the pool unless accompanied by an adult guardian.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: RSV Pools, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Scott Vincent
  • Patent number: 7563206
    Abstract: Individual swimmers may routinely and easily perform exercise regiments to maintain or enhance their general health and fitness utilizing the present invention. Segmented poles may be readily shipped, or otherwise transported, in a disassembled state and assembled easily and quickly to full length for use with the overall swimming exercise device. Numerous pole mounting arrangements provide for deployment of the swimming exercise device with nearly any configuration of swimming pool without regard for whether the pool is of the in ground style or of the above ground style and without regard for size from the smallest available to Olympic size. A small but durable hand rail mount provides for the swimmer to perform their respective workout when traveling or otherwise visiting another pool without requiring any structural modification to the pool to be used and without any concern for damage occurring to the pool to be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Donald Bellerive
  • Patent number: 7484961
    Abstract: An aquatic stabilizing apparatus for use in therapeutic environments is presented. The invention comprises a buoyant, lightweight orthotic apparatus having a waistband having a handle for use by a therapist, bilateral upper leg rods, knee attachment members for reversibly affixing the upper leg rods to a patient, and, optionally, bilateral lower leg extension rods and ankle attachment members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Blaski, Kevin P. Blaski
  • Publication number: 20080299528
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for swim training utilizing mirrored reflective surfaces. Waterproof, shatterproof mirrors are used to assist in getting children acclimated to water in a swimming pool environment, and to provide an instructional amusement for beginning swimmers just learning to go underwater. The mirror comprises a layer of transparent material and a layer of reflective material. A handle is provided on the back, non-transparent side of the mirror allowing an instructor to readily hold the mirror with one hand while holding an infant with the other to allow the infant to see itself while in the water. The handle further acts as a means for attachment to the side or bottom of a swimming pool, allowing the mirror to be mounted underwater to amuse novice swimmers to see themselves when they go underwater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Charles Edward Pemberton
  • Publication number: 20080293023
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing sports instruction are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the method includes the steps of each of a plurality of instructors entering a name and one or more credentials into a server based data storage unit and each of the plurality of students selecting one of the plurality of instructors based on the one or more credentials. At a server, one or more uploaded files are received from each of the plurality of students and they are stored in the data storage unit. A selected one of the plurality of instructors reviews the uploaded files and provides instruction based on the uploaded files. The students can rate the instructors based on their experience. Other aspects of online sports instruction are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Glen M. Diehl, John F. Lynch, Daniel Bastone
  • Publication number: 20080268410
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching new swimmers to hold their breath. An apparatus comprising a modified bucket is provided that is first used to drip water onto the head of a swimming student as a warning that more water is going to be dumped onto his head. Next the apparatus is used to dump a sufficient amount of water onto the student's head to trigger breath holding by the student. In the related method, a swimming instructor then quickly dunks the student underwater to teach the student to use and control the reflexive breath holding. For infants, the apparatus and method rely upon the breath holding reflex acquired in the womb to trigger breath holding. By repeating these steps a number of times new swimmers can learn to hold their breath when they go under water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventor: Ed Pemberton
  • Patent number: 7442151
    Abstract: A device for restraining a swimmer in a variety of settings including a post, tie portion, tether assembly, and restraining belt coupled to the tether assembly and swimmer. An anchor assembly provides an anchoring collar fixed at one end and in sliding engagement with the post at another end. In operation, a swimmer applies a variable tension from the restraining belt across the tether assembly to the tie portion of the post. In sliding engagement with the post, the anchoring collar provides a tensile force to the post to counteract the swimmer's variable tension and to maintain the post both in a longitudinal position within the body of water and in continuous contact with the underwater floor. The device may include a base assembly that is releasably coupled to the post and enables the post to pivot in the direction of the tensile force applied by the tethered swimmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Carlos Eduardo Berdegue
  • Publication number: 20080227069
    Abstract: A swimming pool device includes a top platform and a framework extending downwardly therefrom. The framework includes a lower end for resting on a swimming pool floor and is telescopic to selectively raise and lower the top platform relative to the framework lower end. A step is coupled to the framework and is rotatable between storage and use configurations, the step being vertically adjustable along the framework. The framework may include four sides, each side having a step that is rotatable between use and storage configurations. The swimming pool device may include a bladder coupled to the top platform causing the top platform to float when the framework has a height that is less than a water depth adjacent the framework. The platform may include a storage container and a plurality of handles. Wheels may be coupled to the framework and may be locked in a non-operating configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Susan L. Lamberty
  • Patent number: 7377784
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing and using a teaching aid that enables swimmers to develop correct mechanics and movement patterns of a flip turn. A teaching aid is provided that functions to expedite the teaching and learning of proper flip turn mechanics by providing an object for a swimmer to place his/her hands on and press down for support, tactile feedback and spatial orientation as the swimmer learns to initiate and perform a proper flip turn. Utilization of the teaching aid allows a swimmer to feel and move through the proper mechanics of the flip turn, thereby expediting the swimmer's ability to perform the turn without assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: David E. Ryland
  • Patent number: 7335136
    Abstract: A training device for use in a pool having a lane guide. The training device comprises a base member shaped to cooperate with at least a portion of the lane guide, an elongated member adapted to pivot relative to the base member, and a resilient member coupling the elongated member to the base member in an initial position. The resilient member is adapted to return the elongated member to the initial position when the elongated member deviates therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Philosophics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph R. Brodbeck
  • Patent number: 7291049
    Abstract: A forward and rearward support assembly each have a vertical fixed post with upper and intermediate apertures and a pair of vertical reciprocable posts with upper and lower and intermediate apertures. Each support assembly has an upper and a lower oscillating plate. Each plate has an upper aperture. An upper pivot pin extends there through and through the apertures of the fixed posts. Each plate has a pair of laterally aligned lower apertures. Each plate has lower pivot pins. The lower pivot pins extend there through and through intermediate and lower apertures of the reciprocable posts. A forward and a rearward cradle and pivot pins couple the cradles and upper apertures of the reciprocable posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventors: James H. Davis, Paul Dowd
  • Patent number: 7273444
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a swim training apparatus that includes: (a) an arm; (b) a strap adapted to surround at least a portion of a user; (c) a positioner adapted to be disposed at various positions along at least a portion of the arm; and (d) a suspension member that comprises a first end and a second end, wherein: (i) the first end is connected to the positioner, and (ii) the second end is connected to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Chihming Chang
  • Patent number: 7175569
    Abstract: A swimming exerciser has a vertical support, an arm, a roller assembly, a resilient element, a belt, a resilient tether and a rope. The vertical support is mounted beside a swimming pool and has a pulley. The arm is hollow and is connect to and protrudes from the vertical support and has a distal end. The roller assembly is mounted moveably inside the arm. The resilient element is mounted inside the arm between the roller assembly the distal end of the arm. The belt is worn around a person's waist. The resilient tether is attached to the roller assembly and the belt and compensates for a swimmer's lack of movement through the water to hold the swimmer at a constant depth. The rope is connected to the roller assembly, reeved through the pulley and connected to the belt to hold a swimmer in a fixed position when swimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventors: Jen-Fan Lan, Jenn-Jian Lan
  • Patent number: 7104931
    Abstract: A system and method for simulating a swimming stroke wherein the resistance is supplied by resilient members connected to the user's arms and legs. In one aspect the invention is an exercise system comprising: a bench for supporting a user; means for securing to the user's left arm; means for securing to the user's right arm; means for securing to the user's left leg; means for securing to the user's right leg; and each of the left arm securing means, the right arm securing means, the left leg securing means, and the right leg securing means connected to the bench by at least one resilient member. Preferably the resilient members are connected to a pair of specially adapted gloves and socks. In another aspect, the invention is a method of using the system to simulate a swimming stroke wherein the user's movement is resisted during the entire range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Philadelphia Nutrition & Phitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Marc Saul
  • Patent number: 7104932
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a belt unit that has an element that encircles a swimmer's hips near the pelvis. The belt unit includes restraining straps that are attached to the element encircling the swimmer's hips by means of hook-and-loop material so the straps can be located in the most effective position on the swimmer. The device further includes an anchor that can be attached to a stationary device associated with the swimming pool and has rotatable rings that are attached to the restraining straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Karen W. Brentlinger
  • Patent number: 7044818
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus and method for training swimmers. The device is a guide (10) of substantially rigid shape. It is used to teach and condition the swimmer's upper body. As a swimmer traces the perimeter of the guide with his arm in a manner as if he were swimming, the swimming techniques of high elbow catch and high elbow stroke path are executed. The device will enable a swimmer to train form in a template like manner. It can also be combined with resistive means to train strength at the same time as training form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Craig Askins
  • Patent number: 6966870
    Abstract: A swimming exerciser includes a pair of height adjusting devices each having a base for secure engagement with a pool side and a pole mounted on the base and provided with a slot and multiple cutouts defined in the pole to communicate with the slot. A pair of resilient devices each has a positioning block, a head extending from a side of the positioning block to be movably received in a corresponding one of the cutouts and an elastic strap oppositely formed relative to the head and having a hook. A trapping device has a loop and two opposed rings on the loop to correspond to the two hooks of the two resilient devices. After a swimmer's waist is received in the loop, the swimmer is able to swim in a supported manner in the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Jen-Fan Lan