Swim belts go round the middle of the torso allowing full use of arms and legs which will enable your child to learn buoyancy and how to travel through the water. They are not flotation aids as in arm bands or rings and should only be used under trained supervised teaching. Initially buoyancy, flotation and travelling through water / jumping in skills are acquired by the pupil which enables them to become independent in shallow or deep water with aid of swim belt.
Your child will have basic water skills / basic stroke technique on acheivement of Stage 4 without a swim belt and will be swimming widths confidently on the front and back in the middle of the pool. At Stage 5 we start to build firstly more on technique and then stamina/strength and further water skills such roly-polys leading to competitive terms.