Introduction: DIY Pool Sinker

Do your kids love diving down to collect toys off the bottom of the pool? Pool sinkers are a great way to teach children to swim and increase confidence in the water, but they can be expensive.

This DIY Pool Sinker is cheap, quick and easy to make. Use your children's favourite colours, take it to the pool and enjoy hours of fun! It is the perfect learn-to-swim aid for all ages!

Step 1: Collect Material and Equipment


1 x Balloon Weight


Water Proof Netting





Step 2:

Collect the balloon weight, netting and scissors.

I chose to use a balloon weight for my sinker, however you could also use washers or fishing sinkers.

Step 3:

Roll out a strip of netting and place the weight on top.

Cut a strip of netting long enough so that it will completely cover the weight with some excess at the top.

Step 4:

Repeat Step 3, placing the netting strips so that they form a cross under the weight as shown in the image above.

Step 5:

Collect the weight and plastic.

Wrap the weight in the plastic so that it is covered completely.

Secure with tape.

I chose to complete this step to assist with water-proofing the weight, however it is not essential.

Step 6:

Place the weight on top of the netting, as shown in the image above.

Step 7:

Collect the ribbon.

Pull the ends of the netting strips together at the top of the weight until it is completely enclosed.

Secure with a piece of ribbon as shown in the image above.

Step 8:

Add extra ribbon to the top of the sinker, using the same method as in the previous step.

Step 9:

Your sinker is complete and ready for the water!

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