Carpenter sees swimming invention hit shops after six years

PUBLISHED: 15:12 24 November 2011

Twins George and Danielle Hills, 11, testing out the Gogglows

Twins George and Danielle Hills, 11, testing out the Gogglows


A carpenter who has spent six years developing illuminating children’s swimming goggles has finally seen his product hit the shelves this week.

David Fryett, 42, of The Quadrant, Bexleyheath, gained his inspiration after seeing a little boy walk past him in flashing trainers.

The Gogglows, which flash for 30 seconds and then turn off, were produced in China and sell for £10.99 after 12 prototypes were created by the father-of-two.

Mr Fryett, whose teenage daughters swim for Erith swimming club, said: “I was sitting by the pool one day and saw a girl walk past with thick black goggles and then a boy ran past in some flashing trainers and the rest is history.

“I’m relieved it’s finally finished; six years is a long time, I’ve spent about £20,000 to get to this point.

“I think they will be massive. I felt very proud when my kids took them to the pool and everybody was asking where they got them from.

“The other kids couldn’t believe it when they said their dad invented them.”

Mr Fryett, who also works as a carpenter, created the innovative eye-wear in his spare time during the evenings and weekends when he would spend hours on the phone to factories in China which helped him turn his dream into reality.

Two years ago, he was invited to record a podcast with fellow inventor Trevor Baylis, who swam for Great Britain in his youth and produced the clockwork radio.

This is not the first product of his to hit the shelves. In 2005, Mr Fryett produced a builders’ tape measure with a built in FM radio that used the five metre steel measuring blade as the FM antenna. More than 30,000 of these were sold.

He added: “One minute you’re in a bright room presenting a product, the next, you’re hanging out of a window repairing it.

“It has taken 12 prototypes and six years and I have been on the verge of tears at times but it has all paid off.”

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