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Swim Stages

What we teach at each stage of development

Learn to Swim

We offer a wide range of Swim England certified swim programmes that enable your child to learn how to swim in a safe, fun, yet professional environment. Below you will find information for two of the swim programmes we offer, the Duckling Awards stages 1-4 and the Learn to Swim Programme stages 1-7.

Duckling Awards 1-4

Duckling Awards are the next step on from the Discovery Duckling Awards. With Duckling Awards your child can work towards four different colourful Awards. Each Award has its own certificate and badge.

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Duckling 1 will see children start to move by themselves in the water

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Award 1

By completing this Award you should be able to:

  • Make a supervised safe entry with adult support if required.
  • Float on back with adult support behind the head without floatation equipment.
  • Blow bubbles at the water surface.
  • Wet the head without submersion.
  • Kick 5 metres on back with adult support.
  • Travel without adult support for 2 metres to a floating object.
  • Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support.
  • Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.

Duckling 2 will see children start to develop greater water confidence

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Award 2

By completing this Award you should be able to:

  • Make a sitting entry with adult support if required.
  • Rotate 180 degrees either using a log roll or an upright position, using floatation equipment and without adult support.
  • Submerge the face with confidence and without force under adult supervision.
  • Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres.
  • Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without adult support.
  • Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without adult support.
  • Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support.
  • Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.

Duckling 3 will see children starting to travel short distances by themselves

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Award 3

By completing this Award you should be able to:

  • Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support.
  • Float on the front or back without adult support.
  • Push off on the front or back in a streamlined shape from a supporting adult.
  • Blow bubbles with the mouth and nose underwater.
  • Travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool without adult support.
  • Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float).
  • Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support.
  • Climb out of the water with adult support if required.

Duckling 4 will see children floating without support and fully submerging

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Award 4

By completing this Award you should be able to:

  • Jump into the water unaided, but supervised.
  • Perform a mushroom or star float.
  • Rotate 360 degrees either using a log roll or an upright position.
  • Push and glide achieving a streamlined position on the front or back.
  • Submerge completely.
  • Travel 10 metres on the front or back, without adult support.
  • Jump into the water, turn around, swim back to the point of entry and hold on to the side or rail.
  • Climb out of the water with adult support if required.

Learn to Swim Stages 1-7

The Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children. They are designed to reward your child for their development of the essential aquatic skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Developing basic safety awareness within a “class” scenario. Basic movement and swimming skills are taught along with water confidence

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 1

With or without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

  • Enter the water safely
  • Move forward for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor
  • Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor
  • Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor
  • Scoop the water and wash the face
  • Be comfortable with water showered from overhead
  • Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing
  • Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to a standing
  • Push and glide in a flat position on the front from a wall
  • Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall
  • Give examples of two pool rules
  • Exit the water safely
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Developing safe entries, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back plus rotating to regain upright positions

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 2

With or without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

  • Jump in from poolside safely to a minimum depth of 1.0 metre.
  • Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.
  • Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support.
  • Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing without support.
  • Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.
  • Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended.
  • Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.
  • Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.
  • Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.
  • Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.
  • Perform a log roll from the back to the front.
  • Perform a log roll from the front to the back.
  • Exit the water without support.
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Developing submersion, travelling on the front and back, rotation skills and water safety knowledge

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 3

Without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

  • Jump in from poolside and submerge to a minimum depth of 1.0 metre.
  • Sink, push away from the wall and maintain a streamlined position.
  • Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.
  • Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.
  • Travel 5 metres on the front, perform a tuck to rotate onto the back and return on the back.
  • Fully submerge to pick up an object.
  • Correctly identify three of the four key water safety messages.*
  • Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the back.
  • Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the front.
  • Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds.
  • Exit the water without using steps.
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Developing an understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Refining kicking techniques for all strokes

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 4

Without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

  • Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating on the surface and demonstrate an understanding of floating.
  • Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor.
  • Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional).
  • Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional).
  • Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back.
  • Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional).
  • Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  • Travel on back and log roll in one continuous movement onto front.
  • Travel on front and log roll in one continuous movement onto back.
  • Push and glide and swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.
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Developing "waterman-ship" through sculling, treading, water skills and rotations. Stroke performance develops for all four strokes

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 5

you will be able to:

  • A flat stationary scull on the back.
  • Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water.
  • Push and glide and swim 10 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 10 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 10 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 10 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds.
  • Perform a forward somersault.
  • Demonstrate an action for getting help.
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Developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing across all strokes and swimming 25m. Awareness of water safety aspects and an understanding of the importance of preparation for exercise

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 6

you will be able to:

  • Give two examples of how to prepare for exercise and understand why it is important.
  • Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke.
  • Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl.
  • Swim 10 metres wearing clothes.
  • Push and glide and swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  • Push and glide and swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  • Push and glide and swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths.
  • Push and glide and swim backstroke to include at least six regular breaths.
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue.
  • Perform a surface dive.
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Developing quality stroke technique up to 100m

Competence

Water Confidence
Floating
Front Crawl
Backstroke
Breast Stroke
Butterfly
Treading Water
Sculling
Aerobic
Diving

To Complete Stage 7

you will be able to:

  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Perform a movement sequence (linking skills with strokes and sculls) of one-minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:Sculling: head first, feet first Rotation: forward or backward somersault, log roll Floating: star on the front or on the back, tuck float, create own Eggbeater: Moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water
  • Perform a sitting dive or dive.
  • Push and glide and swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Push and glide and swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  • Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds
  • Complete an obstacle course (using a minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout.

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