Safe floating swimsuits and clothing that meets the standard
Standards to guarantee your safety
As the first tests, both technical and with potential customers, were conclusive, Alain Belkadi wanted to submit his development to standardization tests. This is a precondition to any large-scale commercial deployment on the European markets, and more generally an ethical requirement. However, when the company turned to the certifying bodies, it became apparent that there was no buoyancy standard for children!
There were dozens of classifications for swimming pools, duty lifeguards, balls and inflatable boats, but nothing for the floating swimsuits we put on our children.
The Sports and Leisure CRITT (French Centre for Research, Innovation and the Transfer of Technology) thus undertook to develop this standard with the active support and expertise of Greystone and thus of Plouf!
Logically, the brand was the first to benefit from standard NF EN 13138-1 as of 2001, and has since never ceased to meet the strictest criteria for European standardization, thus guaranteeing market access and fostering the Plouf! brand.
A campaign against drowning
Drowning is the second biggest cause of accidental deaths in children aged between 1 and 14, after traffic accidents. Even if not fatal, drowning can sometimes have serious consequences, particularly neurological ones, in children..
The risk is even greater in France, where there are over 1.8 million private swimming pools that must all meet strict safety standards.
Within this market, the second largest in the world behind the United States, everything is done to make the area safe: fencing of a regulated height, standardized entrances, mandatory alarms, etc
Yet there are no provisions, other than adult supervision, for when children are near a swimming pool.
ISO and other standards for Plouf products
Standard EN-13138-1: 2014 « specifies the safety requirements relating to the manufacture, performances, sizes, markings and information provided by the manufacturer of swimming aids designed to help beginners to progress in the water when learning to swim or when learning part of a swimming movement. »
Standard EN ISO 12405-5.50N has been applied to the sailing overalls for sailors and yachtsmen - which allows them to provide comfortable movement while being supported by 50N buoyancy.
With regard to Standard NF EN 15649, this applies to floating leisure items and water games (class D) to fully enjoy this revolutionary towel.