Choosing the right lesson for your ability

Lessons

 

Each of our group lessons for children are restricted to a maximum of 6 pupils per session, therefore participants receive a high level of focus and attention, and of course plenty of opportunities to practise swimming! 

Our fully qualified instructors follow the Swim England framework for teaching swimming, and stages aim to help develop confidence and technique no matter what the current ability. Please read on to determine which stage is suitable before booking.

Stage 1

Swimmers aged 4years+

At the end of the Learn to Swim Stage 1 your child should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely.

  2. Move forward for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.

  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.

  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.

  5. Scoop the water and wash the face.

  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead.

  7. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing.

  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing.

  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the front from a wall.

  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall.

  11. Give examples of two pool rules.

  12. Exit the water safely.

Stage 2

 

At the end of the Learn to Swim Stage 2 your child should be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside safely to a minimum depth of 1.0 metre.

  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.

  3. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support.

  4. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing without support.

  5. Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.

  6. Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended.

  7. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.

  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.

  9. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.

  10. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.

  11. Perform a log roll from the back to the front.

  12. Perform a log roll from the front to the back.

  13. Exit the water without support.

Discovery Duckling Awards

Parent & Baby (0-18months)

Parent & Toddler (18-36months)

These Swim England Pre-School Framework Awards are perfect for babies and Toddlers who are new to swimming.

Parents or carers will attend swimming lessons with their babies or young children and join them in the water. This helps to provide reassurance and gives the parent or carer confidence in assisting their child in the water.

Sessions begin with an introduction to the water and swimming environment through fun and games.

Duckling Awards

Pre-School 

Swimmers aged 3-4.5years

These Swim England Pre-School Framework Awards are a natural follow on from the Discovery Duckling Awards. They are aimed at children who are old enough to follow instructions and can move on their own.

They give the child more independence and start to build their confidence in water. These Awards are used to slowly build up the child ready for our next stage in the Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-4.

Stage 3

 

At the end of the Learn to Swim Stage 3 your child should be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge to a minimum depth of 1.0 metre.

  2. Sink, push away from wall and maintain a streamlined position.

  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.

  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.

  5. Travel 5 metres on the front, perform a tuck to rotate onto the back and return on the back.

  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object.

  7. Correctly identify three of the four key water safety messages.

  8. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the back.

  9. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the front.

  10. Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds.

  11. Exit the water without using steps.

Stage 4

At the end of the Learn to Swim Stage 4 your child should be able to:

  1. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating on the surface and demonstrate an understanding of floating.

  2. Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor.

  3. Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional).

  4. Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional).

  5. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back.

  6. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional).

  7. Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.

  8. Travel on back and log roll in one continuous movement onto front.

  9. Travel on front and log roll in one continuous movement onto back.

  10. Push and glide and swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

Stage 5

At the end of the Learn to Swim Stage 5 your child should be able to:

 

  1. Perform a flat stationary scull on the back.

  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.

  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation.

  4. Tread water for 30 seconds.

  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water.

  6. Push and glide and swim 10 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).

  7. Push and glide and swim 10 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).

  8. Push and glide and swim 10 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).

  9. Push and glide and swim 10 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).

  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds.

  11. Perform a forward somersault.

  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

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