Types of Flotation Belts

Flotation belts have multiple uses, and therefore come in multiple varieties. Belts can be used for swimming technique improvement, buoyancy and sometimes even for peace of mind in the water. There are three main types of flotation belts: high-backed belts, evenly distributed belts, and high-front belts. All three belt types are typically made of flexible EVA foam, while the style of the belt determines its function.

AquaJogger Classic Belt
The AquaJogger Classic Belt features a high back and will lean the user forward toward the water’s surface.

AquaJogger belts (and other similar models) provide a large amount of back support, which promotes proper spinal alignment. By pushing the swimmer forward in the water, they require engagement of the core muscles in order for the user to remain upright. These belts are best for swimmers looking to improve posture and strengthen their core.

Wave Belts and other long, tapered belts have the simplest design. Belts with foam that is evenly distributed around the waist balance buoyancy around the torso, allowing for an easier vertical position. These types of flotation belts are best for fearful users and those wishing to avoid core engagement for various reasons.

Water Gear Water Runner Flotation Belt
The Water Gear Water Runner Belt features frontal foam for an easy leaned-back position.

On the other hand, belts like the Water Gear Water Runner belt provide more foam toward the front and sides of the body, encouraging a relaxed position and relieving stress on the lower back. These belts are great for elderly or weaker individuals who are looking for comfort and ease of use.

No matter the style, all flotation belts provide support and stability in the water. Whether you are looking to change up your swim workout or to find comfort when walking in the water, there is a flotation belt style to suit your need.

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Flotation Belt Care Guide

If you’re an avid water aerobics exerciser, then you already know how important your flotation belt is to your workout routine. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to perform all those heart-pounding, deep water exercises that make water aerobics so effective. To keep your belt going as strong as you, follow the flotation belt care guide below.

Aqua Sphere Ergo Belt

Always Rinse

Though flotation belts are typically made from durable materials, chlorine and salt water are highly corrosive to all types of workout gear. That’s why it’s extremely important to rinse your jog belt immediately after every pool session. Simply rinse your belt off with fresh water for a few seconds and you’re good to go.

Fully Dry

Equally as important as rinsing, allowing your flotation belt to dry completely helps keep it looking and working its best. If you’re headed home in the car, you can towel dry the belt. Or, if you’re using your own home pool, just give it an ample amount of time to air dry in a dark, well-ventilated location. Mesh swim gear bags, which allow for adequate air flow, make it easy for you to dry your flotation belt while on the go.

Protect from the Sun

Just as the sun’s rays can harm your skin’s outer layer, the sun is also damaging to the outer layer of a flotation belt. As soon as you’re out of the water, it’s important to keep your flotation belt away from direct sunlight to avoid flaking and color loss. Be sure to store the device in a shaded, moderate temperature environment.

Adults Only

Kids are prone to the idea that flotation belts are fun pool toys, which is why you might want to keep your belt in an adult-access-only location. Although they mean no harm, young children can easily damage an expensive flotation belt by bending, twisting, or (their favorite move) biting the foamy material.

Keep Separate

The final step to take to keep your flotation belt looking and feeling as new as possible is to store it flat and separately from other swim gear. This will reduce the occurrence of dents and chips in the material and allow it to be stay flexible and puncture free.

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