The Humble Swing

Elona Peterson By Elona Peterson | 17 November 2020 in Playgrounds

A universal must have at any playground is the 'Swing'. These days there are so many options and types of swings.

Standard Swing The standard swing is the one thats been around from the beginning of time, its based on somthing to sit on, and somthing to hold the seat off the ground. This has evolved and modernised over time, but its still the same basic principle.

Infant Swings Designed to put little people in without the fear of them faling off. They are encased nice and snuggly and still get to experience the thrill of the 'whoosh'

Basket Swings A Web Swing, Flying Saucer, Orbit Swing - there are so many names for these. They are a great option for the kids to pile on and enjoy the experience with their mates.

Viking Snake Swings A very cool option from Playground Centre - check out our seperate article.

Serious Air Swing These can be as high as 4.5m high, The height gives the swing a massive swing arc, allowing for a swinging experience that children won’t have had before. These are designed for older children.. and adults :)

Spinning Circus Swing Not sure if we can really class this one as a swing.. check it out ..

Liberty Swing / Disability Swing This swing comprises a strong tubular frame supporting a moulded plastic cradle. A wheelchair can be backed into the cradle via a removable ramp and secured by the carer by inserting a special locking device through the wheels. A swing motion is obtained by more able users pulling on the tubular supporting struts or by their carer pushing the cradle.

In some cases in NZ these require a key to operate, and where we have the information available we have provided it. We are working on trying to gather this data.

Guidelines for Using A Swing Safely

  • The most important rule is to teach our children to stay a safe distance when someone is swinging - never walk behind in front or for toddlers - under the swing.
  • As a rule, sit on the swing, don't stand or kneel.
  • Hold both sides of the swing
  • One person on the swing unless it is designed to hold more

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