SWIMWEAR WITH FLOATATION MEMBERS
 Inventor: Christopher K. Shaffer, Agoura Hills, Calif.
 Assignee: Swimfree, LLC, Malibu, Calif.
 Appl. No.: 09/111,300  Filed: Jul. 7, 1998
 Int. C I. A41I) 5/00
 U.S. CI 2/67; 2/69; 2/DIG. 3; 441/120
 Field of Search 2/67, 69, 1, 247-249,
2/DIG. 3; 441/102, 106, 116, 118, 113, 115, 114, 117, 120
 References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
A safety swimwear is provided, having a bodice portion, at least one floatation member or bladder and a protective panel securely affixed to the exterior of the bodice portion and holding the bladder. The panel is securely affixed to the exterior side of the bodice portion in a manner which draws attention to the presence of the floatation member and/or the level of deflation or inflation of the bladder. The panel may be of a contrasting appearance, such as, a contrasting color, texture and/or pattern, against the bodice portion to highlight the presence of the panel and particularly the bladder. In an embodiment of the swimsuit, two bladders and two panels are provided so that one bladder is securely affixed to a front piece of the swimsuit and another bladder is securely affixed to a back piece of the swimsuit. The bladders and thus the panels may be of different configurations. To buoy the wearer in an upright position, the bladders and the panels are positioned on the swimsuit to reside around the chest and back region of the wearer. Moreover, the chest bladder may be positioned relatively higher than the back bladder. In alternative embodiments, the panel may be securely, but removably, affixed to the bodice portion so that a damaged bladder may be replaced or the panel may accommodate a change in the size or volume of the bladder and/or be changed to a replacement or substitute panel.
41 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets