This product is amazing! I have only recently brought this product but I've managed to try it out quite a bit. I believe that as a kick board it is very effective and a lot better than your normal and standard kick board. It may seem rather weird at first when you use it but you will get to grips with it straight away. Another thing I like about this product is that it can also be used as a pull buoy and so in my opinion that makes this product even better as it is a lot more compact and easier to carry around rather than having a separate kick board and a separate pull buoy. So this is a great 2 in 1 item! However, the only negative thing I could say about this product is that it may take some getting used to as a pull buoy as it's not like your standard "figure of eight" shape pull buoy. Although saying that I got to grips with it very quickly and in my personal opinion it is just as comfortable as your standard pull buoy. I honestly recommend that you at least give it a try! - You won't be disappointed.