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Swimming lesson stages and awards

As your child progresses through the swimmer's journey their achievements are recognised and rewarded with the following awards.

Please note that some of the award activities will depend on the pool that is being used. Age range is given as guidance only and may vary.

Adult & Child classes (0 months - 36 months)

Our Adult and Child classes are aimed at promoting water confidence. The lessons help both you as the supporting adult and your child to enjoy swimming in safety and with confidence.

Pre school classes (3 years - 4/5 years old)

Pre school classes are aimed at children aged 3 years to 4 years, (or for those children that are not in full time education). This stage will help children with being independent and confidence in the water. (Please note some sites will require that a parent/carer will have to support in the water.)

Stage 1 (Non swimmer)

This stage is for children that have no swimming experience. This stage will introduce water safety skills, build confidence to gain the basic skills needed to build swimming ability. (Please note some pools will require parents in the water to support)

Stage 2

This stage further develops water confidence and introduces various safety skills. Swimmers will develop their kicking ability leading to independent travel in the water. 

Stage 3

Swimmers will develop safe entries into the water, including submersion, and travel up to 10 metres on their front and back. Water safety knowledge and rotation skills will also be progressed.

Stage 4

Swimmers will perfect their leg kicks for all four strokes, they will be introduced to sculling and develop an understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills and should swim 10 metres.

Stage 5

Swimmers will develop their skills in treading water, progress in the correct arm pulls for all four strokes and learn how to do handstands and somersaults.

The emphasis is on ensuring all work done in the previous stages is developed further.

Stage 6

Swimmers will develop an efficient technique for all four strokes and further developing surface dives. Swimmers will work on all the other strokes, including streamlining, coordination, breathing, improving their technique with both their arms and their legs.

Stage 7

This stage will focus on fully developing all four swimming strokes, as well as building stamina and improving diving skills.

Aqua Youth

A youth club style session for those that have passed stage 7 who wish to continue their aquatic skills in a non-competitive type session. Discipline tasters will be incorporated into the sessions including competition,

Rookie lifeguards

Rookie lifeguards is the next step in our learn to swim pathway after sage 7. Rookie lifeguards will teach them to develop skills and knowledge in water safety, rescue, resuscitation and lifesaving. Rookie lifeguards work for bronze, silver and gold awards.

Swimming clubs

If your child wishes to get involved in competitive aquatics then there are various Swimming clubs across the county.

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