The kids had their Puddler Jumpers all last summer but they never got the hang of them but they provided the safety of a life jacket so we had them use them. My mom's friends Kurt and Shelley Colby gave us a pool that they were no longer using and now that we have some flat surfaces around our home due to the yard remodel we were able to put it up and start using it. The rule is you have to have your Puddle Jumper on to step foot on the ladder and we were amazed to see that the boys took off swimming on their own! Aubrey can do it but she lacks the confidence so far. I have let go of her a couple times and she does it without realizing then the moment she realizes that I am not holding her she freaks. She will get it all in good time!