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Before you try ankle weights in the water, re-watch murder mystery movies where the victim gets tossed overboard with ankles weighted down. Use only paddles, plastic bells, or other devices made specifically for water exercise workouts by reputable companies. People have drowned using things like weighted belts and ankle weights during water exercises in the pool.
You can get the same resistance benefits without the scare of being weighted down by wearing ankle floaters instead of weights. The resistance direction is reversed.