The Ultimate Guide to Tow Floats and Dry Bags

Looking to stay safe in the water but don't know where to start? Our comprehensive guide will help you find the perfect float for you whatever your swimming adventure!

All our swimming floats are high visibility and are towed behind while you swim, connecting to a belt that you clip around your waist. They float above the small of the back, out of the way of arms and legs. Some of our floats are just for visibility and may include an external storage area - these are Tow Floats. Others have an internal waterproof storage compartment - these are Dry Bags. 

We'll take a look at each in turn to help you decide which one you need for your swim. 


Our Classic Tow Float is beautiful in its simplicity. Available in bright orange or pink and with two separate inflation chambers, it is perfect if you just need to be seen in the water. 

tow float

Looking for something bigger or to share in a group? Our Tow Float Pro does everything that the classic float does but is larger and has an external grab rope. This means it can be used by other people nearby making it great for guides, groups or nervous swimmers. 

If you need visibility but also quick access to smaller items that can get wet, then try the Tow Float Elite. Similar to the Tow Float Pro, it also includes an external mesh pocket that can store nutritional gels and small water bottles. Those going for longer swims find this useful for quick access to a snack or a drink. 


Tow Float Elite

Like the idea of the Elite but need to keep things dry? Introducing the Tow Donut, a tow float with a dry bag in the middle of the ring. This waterproof storage area is surprisingly large; you can fit keys, a phone, small water bottle and snack in there safe in the knowledge they will stay dry. As the dry bag is external you can access it while in the water, making the Donut a great all rounder and one of our biggest sellers. 

Finally in floats, if you're looking for a way to beat thirst on your swim try our Hydration Float. This stable tow float has space in the middle to securely store a a 750ml water bottle, making it easy to take out for a mid-swim drink. 


Unlike Tow Floats, all of our Dry Bags have an internal waterproof storage compartment so that you can take kit with you while you swim. You put your belongings in the bag first, roll down the top three times, clip it together then inflate the surrounding air chambers. 

dry bag storage

Our orange Dry Bags are available in four sizes: small 20 litres, medium 28 litres, large 35 litres and extra large 50 litres. The 20L and 28L are the most popular and are fine for carrying basic kit like flip flops, a microfibre towel, shorts and t-shirts. For a full change of clothes and bulkier items the larger 35L and 50L Dry Bags are more appropriate. 

You can see what kit we managed to fit in each bag in our Dry Bag Size Guide

Our popular 28 litre Dry Bag is also available in vibrant pink and eye-catching citrus . We also have a Window version of the 28L Dry Bag featuring a clear plastic pocket on the front for a phone. The screen sits so tightly against the window that the touch screen can be used while in the water, making this ideal for those that like to track their swims or are using a phone for navigation. 

Planning an adventure over land and sea? Try our Wild Swim Bag. This 30L Dry Bag has removable shoulder straps which turn it into a comfortable back pack on land. When you need to swim, remove and stow the straps and tow it like a standard Dry Bag. 

wild swim bag out of water


Still need some guidance? Call us on 01242 506657 or email to talk to one of our experts. 


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