Learn to swim stages 1-10

Learn to swim stages 1-10

The key stages for learning fundamental skills from basic water safety awareness to safe entries into the water, understanding buoyancy to quality stroke techniques and most importantly growing confidence in the water

 

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Complete stages 1-7 stages for the Complete Swimmer Medal which can be purchased from reception

Stages 1-7

Stage 1

Basic water safety awareness, movement and water confidence with the use of swimming aids such as armbands and floats.

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Stage 1 competencies

  • Enter the water safely
  • Move forwards, backwards and sideways for a distance of 5 metres
  • Scoop the water and wash the face
  • Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  • Move into a stretched, floating position using aids, equipment or support
  • Regain an upright position from on the front and back with support
  • Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from wall
  • Take part in a teacher or partner led game
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  • Exit the water safely

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 1.

Stage 2

Safe entries to the water, jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back, rotating the body and regaining an upright position in the water

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Stage 2 competencies

  • Jump in from pool side safely
  • Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
  • Regain an upright position from the back and front without support
  • Push from the wall and glide on the back and front
  • Travel on the back and front for 5 metres; aids or equipment may be used
  • Perform a rotation from the front to the back and back to the front to gain an upright position

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 2.

Stage 3

Safe entries into the water including submersion, travelling on front and back, water safety knowledge and rotation skills.

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Stage 3 competencies

  • Jump in from pool side and submerge (minimum depth 0.9m)
  • Sink and push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  • Push and glide on the front/back with arms extended and log roll on to the back/front
  • Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
  • Fully submerge to pick up an object
  • Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code
  • Travel 10 metres on the back and 10 metres on the front 
  • Exit the pool safely

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 4.

Stage 4

Learn buoyancy through a range of skills, refining the kicking technique for all strokes and swimming 10 metres 
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Stage 4 competencies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  • Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  • Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of 3) whilst floating at the surface
  • Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor
  • Kick 10 metres backstroke and front crawl
  • Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or back
  • Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front and on the back
  • Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  • Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  • Travel on the front and roll in one
  • Continuous movement onto back Swim 10 metres – choice of stroke is optional

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 1.

Stage 5

Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills, complete rotation and performing all strokes

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Stage 5 Competencies

  • Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  • Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back
  • Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water
  • Swim 10 metres backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly 
  • Swim 10 metres front crawl face in the water
  • Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds
  • Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
  • Demonstrate an action for getting help

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 5.

Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

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Stage 6 competencies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  • Sink, push off the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke and repeat for front crawl
  • Swim 10 metres with clothes on
  • Swim front crawl and then breaststroke to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
  • Swim butterfly to include at least 3 rhythmical breaths
  • Swim 25 metres choice of stroke is optional
  • Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
  • Perform a surface dive
  • Exit the water without using the steps

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 6.

Stage 7

Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 – 7.

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Stage 7 competencies

  • Swim 25 metres backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl
  • Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills: Sculling, Rotation, Eggbeater, Floating.
  • Perform a sitting dive
  • Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  • Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of 3 different strokes
  • Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds
  • Complete an obstacle course (using a minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout

Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 7.

Aquatic Skills Awards 8-10 

Competitive swimming stages with advanced techniques and Rookie lifesaving. Children can receive the ‘Elite Swimmers Journey’ Award Passport and receive up to 10 badges and certificates across the stages. 

Stage 8 objectives 

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  • Complete a set lasting 400 metres (e.g. 16 x 25 metres) on a specific turn around time set by the coach (e.g. 1 minute for each 25 metres).
  • Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke
  • Kick 25 metres backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl with/without using a board
  • Perform backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl turns from 10 metres in to 15 metres out

Stage 9 objectives 

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  • Complete a set lasting 800 metres (e.g. either 16 x 50 metres; eight x 100 metres; four x 200 metres) on a specific turn around time set by the coach (e.g. 1.30 minutes for 50 metres; 2.45 minutes for 100 metres; 6 minutes for 200 metres).
  • Swim 800 metres continuously choosing one stroke.
  • Swim a continuous 100 metres individual medley using legal turns.
  • Perform a 15 metres underwater kick on front in a streamlined position.
  • Perform a backstroke start then butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater until 10 metres from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.
  • Perform a front crawl start, underwater kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10 metres from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.
  • Perform a butterfly start kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10 metres from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.
  • Perform a breaststroke start, perform a one and a half pull under water, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.

Stage 10 objectives 

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  • Complete a set lasting 1600 metres (either 16 x 100 metres; eight x 200 metres; four x 400 metres) on a specific turn around time set by the coach (e.g. 2.30 minutes for 100 metres; 5.30 minutes for 200 metres; 12 minutes for 400 metres).
  • Swim 1500 metres continuously choosing one stroke.
  • Perform a continuous 100 metres individual medley kick without using a kick board.
  • Swim a continuous 200 metres individual medley using legal turns.
  • Perform a 15 metres under water butterfly kick on back or front in a streamlined position.
  • Perform a front crawl relay take over – as an incoming swimmer.
  • Perform a front crawl relay take over – as an outgoing swimmer.

Rookie lifesaving 

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The Royal Lifesaving Society's programme for water safety, rescue techniques and resuscitation with three levels offering Bronze, Silver and Gold awards