One of our missions at Groove Watersports is to advance the different sports and help others be more active on the water. I recently met up with another entrepreneur Alan Sexten who is also trying to disrupt the watersport industry. He has created the first affordable pair of swim trunks that has waterproof pockets. Have you guys experienced this problem of not having a place to put your valuables while out on the water? I met up with Alan to learn more about his business and asked him a few questions.
Alan how did you come up with this idea?
I'm a lifeguard stand at Zoombezi Bay water-park and was working by the lazy river. Hundreds of people swam past me, carrying their phones, wallets, cash, and other valuables. Many used Zip-lock bags, some had waterproof phone pouches around their necks, and others going as far as to hold their belongings out of the water in order to keep them dry.
Watching this almost laughable sight got me thinking…. ‘What if you could carry your valuables on you, even underwater?' That was when I thought of it…. Swimming trunks with waterproof pockets.
What are the different options people have to store their items?
For people going to the beach, water park, or pool. They are typically carrying several valuable items on them- including a phone, wallet, and car keys. Currently they only have four different options at their disposal.
What is wrong with these options?
Option 1: Pay $10 to $20 on a locker to keep your valuables in. However, this option is not only expensive, you also have no access to your phone or wallet during this time. And, if you do want to open the locker in order to access your valuables, you generally have to pay a $5 to $10 fee in order to re-close the locker.
Option 2: Spend $10 to $15 on a bulky waterproof phone pouch will most likely just fit your phone – and nothing else.
Option 3: Put your valuables in a plastic zip-lock bag that can rupture, seal incorrectly, or can fall out of your pocket while in the water.
Option 4: Your final option – and the one many of us pick – is to leave your valuables on the pool chair or under a beach towel and hope they are still there when you return. Unfortunately, this last option can leave many valuables at risk for theft. In fact, my sister’s phone was actually stolen last summer when she hid her phone under a towel at Zoombezi Bay water-park. However, my sister’s story was no outlier. As I lifeguard, I received reports every single day of stolen phones, wallets, jewelry, cash, and ID’s. Sadly, stolen valuables happen everyday at beaches, pools, and water-parks.
Can you tell us about your product and how it solves this problem?
Vortix Apparel is solving this problem through creating a fully submersible, waterproof pocket large enough for your phone, keys, wallet, and other valuables. Now, you do not have to worry about your valuables being ruined by water or stolen on the beach or at the water-park!
Each pair of Vortix Apparel swimming trunks has two waterproof pockets that are sealed with waterproof zippers, to ensure safety.
If you want to learn more about Vortix Apparel you can visit their website here. They are starting to take pre-orders for their trunks. I'm interested to hear if you have faced this problem yourself and what you think of the idea of having waterproof pockets in your trunks?
If you want to know about any other innovative products in watersports, let us know which ones and we will look into writing an article on them.