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Disability

Adult

Stages 1-5

Ducklings

Swim-a-Song

Swimming for Life, Swimming for all...

Tel: 07825 441 311

OUR CLASSES

We provide a wide variety of swimming lessons to cater for everyone regardless of age and ability. These classes are designed for specific requirements if you’re not sure which class or classes you need, simply give us a call and we can work out the right one for you.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme is the national syllabus used to help teachers deliver swimming lessons. It ensures swimming lessons for all ages are delivered to a high and consistent standard. The all-inclusive programme takes non-swimmers on a journey through four specialised Frameworks. 

These start with the basics of learning to swim and end with advanced skills for sports such as water polo or diving.

There is also a Framework for teaching adults to swim.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme

Pre-School Framework – This Framework is aimed at babies and toddlers aged between 0-5 years old. It helps to build the foundation for a lifelong love of water.
Learn to Swim Framework – This Framework is made up of the seven stages of learning to swim, which develop confident and able swimmers using fun and enjoyment to engage learners.
Aquatic Skills Framework – This Framework is made up of three advanced stages, from eight to ten. These build sport specific skills for the other aquatic disciplines, Water Polo, Diving and Synchronised Swimming.
Adult Swimming Framework – This Framework is suitable for older teenagers and adults of all ages and aims to improve confidence and technique, whatever their swimming ability.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Programme Frameworks and Swim England Awards

All four Swim England Learn to Swim Programme Frameworks are intrinsically linked with the Swim England Awards. These are used to reward children and adults all over the world when they are learning to swim. Each Framework has stages and each stage successfully completed in a Framework comes with a certificate and/or badge as a reward.

There are also supplementary badges and certificates to be earned with each Framework.

Swim England Pre-School Framework

The Swim England Pre-School Framework is about building the beginnings of a lifelong love of water.

Every child should be given a chance to learn to swim and feel like they are comfortable and able to do so in any situation.

We believe that the first experiences during a child’s early years, of water and the pool environment, should be positive, fun and memorable.

Swim England Pre-School Framework, Confidence, and Awards

The key focus areas of the Pre-School Framework are:

  1. Giving children confidence from the word go
  2. Teaching the core skills needed to learn the four strokes through fun and games

The Pre-School Framework is about helping to support younger, less independent swimmers, pre-school children and babies.

It also caters for toddlers, helping to keep them motivated if they are struggling with building water confidence.

One of the ways to help keep them motivated is a range of bright Awards with fun and friendly characters to reward them as they progress.

DISCOVERY DUCKLINGS

These Swim England Pre-School Framework Awards are perfect for babies from birth (subject to Health Visitor advice being followed). They are also perfect for pre-school children who are new to swimming.

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

Four separate Awards are available which begin with an introduction to the water and swimming environment through fun and games.

The start of the learn to swim experience for all children, these brand new awards are perfect for babies and toddlers and pre-school children who are new to swimming lessons.

Ideal for gaining water confidence whilst staying close to adult support, these awards are followed by the existing Duckling Awards.

The Discovery Duckling Awards 1-4 each have their own certificate, badge and stickerDiscovery Duckling Awards.

Discovery Duckling 1
By the end of this stage your child should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult
  2. Bob up and down in the water with full adult support in a vertical position
  3. Complete an adult supported horizontal back float with a return to vertical position
  4. Be at ease with water being poured on the back of the head
  5. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position
  6. Exit the water safely with adult support

Discovery Duckling 2
By the end of this stage your child should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult
  2. Float on the back with full adult support. (Adult should be at the side of child and able to maintain eye contact)
  3. Splash hands in the water
  4. Adult to move in a 360 degree turn holding child facing away from them. First close to them, then at arm’s length
  5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their back with full support from an adult
  6. Be at ease with face being washed/splashed
  7. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position
  8. Travel on front or back with full adult support
  9. Make progress towards holding the side of the pool with adult support.
  10. Exit the water safely with adult support.

Discovery Duckling 3
By the end of this stage your child should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely supported by an adult. Swimmers should be encouraged to sit on the side and wait for adult instruction
  2. Float on the back with full adult support behind the head, shoulders and hips
  3. Reach and grab toys on the water surface
  4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally and vertically with adult support
  5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their front with full support from an adult
  6. Be at ease with water being showered over the face
  7. Travel on back using aids with adult support
  8. Hold rail/side of pool and move towards step/ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids
  9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision

Discovery Duckling 4
By the end of this stage your child should be able to:

  1. Enter the water from seated or standing position with full support from an adult and return to the wall/poolside
  2. Float on the front with aids and adult support
  3. Reach and catch toys on top of and under surface of the water
  4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally or vertically with minimal adult support using support aids
  5. Push away from wall with an adult holding them throughout in a streamlined position
  6. Be at ease wetting splashing own face and putting their chin in the water
  7. Travel on front using aids with adult support
  8. Hold rail/side of pool and move towards step/ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids
  9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision
DUCKLINGS

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 the Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1-7.

Again these lessons will usually be given as an adult and child lesson, where both are in the water. They could also be held with small groups of children and teaching assistants in the water.

With Duckling Awards your child can work towards four different colourful Awards. Each Award has its own certificate and badge.

Duckling 1 will see children start to move by themselves in the water. By Duckling 4 they will be jumping in, going underwater, floating and swimming five metres without support.

Duckling Awards are great at promoting increased independence and water confidence to help prepare for Stage 1 of the Learn To Swim Framework

Duckling 1
By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support.
  2. Kick 2 metres on the back with adult support.
  3. Float on the back with adult support behind the head.
  4. Blow bubbles at the water surface.
  5. Wet the head without submersion.
  6. Travel without assistance 2 metres to a floating object.

Duckling 2
By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support.
  2. Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres.
  3. Use a baby seat or other buoyancy aid and rotate through 180degrees without assistance.
  4. Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without assistance.
  5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without assistance.
  6. Submerge the face with confidence.

Duckling 3
By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support.
  2. Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float.
  3. Blow bubbles with the mouth underwater.
  4. Float on front OR back without adult support.
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool.
  6. Show a torpedo shape on front or back when pushed to a partner.

Duckling 4
By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Jump unaided, but supervised, into the water.
  2. Submerge completely.
  3. Rotate through 360° either horizontally or vertically.
  4. Show a mushroom or a star float.
  5. Travel without assistance 10 metres on the front or back.
  6. Climb out of the water with assistance if required.
STAGES 1-5

Learn to Swim Awards 1-5

The Learn to Swim Awards 1-5 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.

Each of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7 stages has a list of clear outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each award.

Learn to Swim Awards 1-5 Outcomes

Stage 1

By completing this Award, with or without floatation equipment or support, you will 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

By completing this Award, with or without floatation equipment or support, you will 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.
  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres.
  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.

Stage 3

By completing this Award, without floatation equipment or support, you will 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. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code.
  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

By completing this Award, without floatation equipment or support, you will 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

By completing this Award you will 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.
I CAN

These are a set of nine Awards for the Swim England Pre-School Framework Awards to complement the Duckling and Discovery Duckling Awards. They can be achieved at any time, at any point in the Learn to Swim Programme. They help to motivate young children, lifting their confidence and giving them targets to achieve during the early stages of learning to swim.

Swim England I CAN Awards are perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children.

The Awards recognise achievement of specific single successes for early learners, and can be awarded at any time by your child’s swimming teacher.

A brilliant way to motivate those who might be ‘stuck’ at a particular level of learning.

Your child will enjoy receiving a special badge, certificate and sticker for nine types of skill development.

The Awards are:

    • I CAN enter the water safely
    • I CAN jump in
    • I CAN float on my front
    • I CAN float on my back
    • I CAN roll over
    • I CAN blow bubbles
    • I CAN swim
    • I CAN enter, turn, return
    • I CAN exit safely

To find out more about I CAN lessons and awards, contact Jo Harris on 07825 441 311

ADULTS

If you are serious about your swimming then there are four adult learn to swim Awards to work towards. These reflect the four stages of the Adult Swimming Framework.

The four Adult Learn to Swim Awards

  • Be Water Confident – this Award is about gaining the confidence to enter the pool safely. It also covers the ability to move around the pool with confidence and to achieve basic core aquatic skills. These are entries, exits, buoyancy, balance and aquatic breathing.
  • Be a Swimmer – by the time you earn this Award you will have the necessary skills to start swimming independently over short distances (5 to 10 metres). You won’t need support or swimming aids
  • Be a Better Swimmer – by this point you’ll be able to swim up to 400 metres independently. You’ll also have the confidence to try other pool activities, such as Aquacise or lane swimming.
  • Be a Master Swimmer – gaining this Award means you can confidently enter the Masters section of a swimming club. It’s about more advanced swimming skills to enable you to compete.

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Adult Learn to Swim Awards Core Skills

As you work through each of these four stages you will focus on developing the follow key skills:

  • Entries and exits
  • Treading water
  • Rotation and orientation
  • Streamlining
  • Aquatic breathing
  • Sculling
  • Travel and coordination
  • Floatation
  • Stamina
  • Submersion
  • Water safety

It’s a good idea to talk to your swimming teacher before you start about what you want to get out of lessons.

Although each of the four stages has a number of outcomes, not all outcomes will need to be achieved to move onto the next stage; as they are not compulsory.

Adult learn to swim is about flexibility. The swimming teacher will select the required outcomes based your individual goals.

RAINBOW DISTANCE AWARDS

The Swim England Rainbow Distance Awards are designed to complement the 10 different stages of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.

They are a range of bright, cheerful badges and certificates to help keep your child motivated while working through the individual Learn to Swim stages.

The Rainbow Distance Awards (including Puffin Award) are aimed at swimmers of five years and older and are designed to demonstrate the pupils’ ability to swim from A to B without pause and without stress.

They are a great way to give swimmers the incentive to develop their swimming abilities and stamina by gradually increasing the distance they can swim.

If your child is working through Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 they can also work up to the Rainbow Distance 200 metres Award. Learners on Learn to Swim Stages 8-10 can secure up to the Rainbow Distance 1,500 metres Award. Swimmers who have completed all stages can strive for 5,000m!

Pupils may touch the side and end of the pool (but not the bottom) in order to turn.

On a note of caution, please be aware that your child securing Rainbow Distance Awards is not an indication that he or she is safe in deep water. Swim England has designed specific Awards for safety and survival.

There are 12 further Awards celebrating the development of the four recognised swimming strokes.

Distance Awards Outcomes

There are 19 Distance Awards (including the Puffin Award) available to reward a specific distance covered by the swimmers, from 5 metres with floatation equipment (Puffin) right through to 5,000 metres.

These Awards are designed to test the child’s ability to swim the following distances:

5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, 1,000m, 1,500m, 1 mile, 2,000m, 3,000m, 4,000m and 5,000m.

Puffin Award

This award is aimed at beginners and is designed to test the pupils’ ability to travel five metres using any buoyancy aid.

Stroke Awards Outcomes
There are 12 further Stroke Awards for children to achieve – 5 metres, 10 metres and 25 metres in each of the four strokes.

It is vital that swimmers develop correct technique as early as possible and the Rainbow Distance Awards for front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly can be used to reward and encourage the development of good standards across each of the four recognised swimming strokes:

Front Crawl
Body position: horizontal, streamlined, close to surface, in alignment.
Legs: in line with body, close to surface kick as necessary to ensure above.
Arms: entry under control, thumb and finger entry, between head and shoulder line, pull/push within body width, continuous action, close to body plane.
Breathing: to side, head in line, regular, confident, exhale in water.
Timing: rhythmic action, regular and consistent breathing pattern.
Turns: unhesitating, fast somersault, push to full stretch, turn onto front after push off, pull with one arm into stroke.
Finish: fast, one hand touch, aggressive, hold breath on approach.

Backstroke
Body position: horizontal, close to surface, in alignment, head steady.
Legs: alternating kick, just breaking surface, holding alignment.
Arms: shoulder line entry with straight arm, pull/push as close to body as possible, release past hip, vertical recovery, no pause in action, regular.
Timing: continuity of arm action, rhythmic.
Turns: use of flags where possible. Confident, unhesitating roll onto front, check orientation. Fast somersault, push and stretch off wall, kick then pull with one arm into stroke.
Finish: confident fast finish, on back, at full stretch, one hand touch.

Breaststroke
Body position: stretched, streamlined position, head kept steady. Hips just below surface, toes pointed.
Legs: heels draw up toward seat, feet pointing out for kick. Kick accelerating round to straighten in one sweep.
Arms: from stretch, hands sweep out (never past shoulders). Hands and elbows sweep in at speed towards hips. Hands push forward to streamlined full stretch.
Breathing: to front, shoulders square. Normally every stroke lift head as arms press down.
Timing: pull and breathe. As arms extend forwards, legs drive backward. Pull, breathe, kick, and glide.
Turns: touch according to Rules. Fast tuck and rocking action. Stay low. Push, glide and stroke (as for start).
Finish: In stretch position, according to Rules.

Butterfly
Body position: close to surface, undulating – initiated from the hips. Legs kick from hips. Drive feet down forcefully, toes pointed.
Arms: entry in front in line with shoulders. Hands scull out then under body. Release at or past hips. Recovery totally over water.

Breathing: to front or side. Head down before arms enter. Head up before hands release.
Timing:
1. Kick as hands enter.
2. Kick as hands push. Continuous action (no glide).
Turns: as breaststroke up to push off. After push kick in stretch. One pull smoothly into stroke.
Finish: in stretch position, according to Rules.

To find out more about RAINBOW DISTANCE AWARDS, contact Jo Harris on 07825 441 311

ALPHA STEP AWARDS

The Alpha Step Awards have been designed to build the confidence of children who may need additional support.

Providing small stepping stones for developing confidence, these three Awards should be considered if your child is shy/timid or has disabilities.

The Alpha Step Awards reward the development of the early stages of buoyancy, coordination, spatial awareness, breathing, and entering and leaving the pool.

The basic water skills and confidence gained through the Alpha Step Awards enable a smooth transition for your child to Stage 1 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework.

Achievements of the Alpha Step Awards

By the end of each stage your child will have developed the following skills:

Entries

  1. Enter the water safely with equipment or support.
  2. Enter the water safely with minimal support.
  3. Enter the water safely with no assistance or support.

Aquatic Breathing

  1. Blow to move a floating object over 3 metres.
  2. Tolerate face being (splashed) wet.
  3. With mouth submerged, blow bubbles.

Spatial Awareness

  1. On the spot move selected object around.
  2. Whilst travelling, move objects in or through the water.
  3. Move objects to or from a partner in various directions.

Rotation

  1. Be rocked through the water with support.
  2. Turn 360 degrees with minimal assistance.
  3. Lie back and move to a vertical position with support.

Buoyancy

  1. Float with support.
  2. Float on front with support.
  3. Float on back with support.

Co-ordination

  1. Be towed (forwards, backwards and sideways) in a variety of directions.
  2. Travel through the water using limbs with minimal support.
  3. Travel 3 metres on front with or without floatation equipment.
  4. Travel 3 metres on back with or without floatation equipment.

Exits

  1. Exit the water safely with equipment or support.
  2. Exit the water safely with minimal support.

Exit the water safely with no assistance or support.