A Burbank businessman is navigating into new waters with a device designed to improve the safety and visibility of swimmers.
Jim Zinger, a long-distance swimmer, said he created the Swimmer Buddy after his wife expressed concerns about him swimming in open water.
“She is always concerned I might get hit by a boat,” Zinger said.
The Swimmer Buddy’s belt attaches to a swimmer’s waist. A 6-foot-long leash connects to a body board that floats a few feet behind the swimmer.
Colorful “noodles” can be attached to the board so the swimmer can be seen by boaters and lifeguards, said Zinger, who lives in Glendale. A variety of colorful flags — as well as an American flag — can be attached to increase visibility.
The Swimmer Buddy can also be used as a flotation device, ideal for swimmers training for long-distance competitions or those who are afraid of swimming in the ocean or in lakes.