Our Stages, Water Polo & Elite Groups

Awards Schemes

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We follow the National Teaching Plan set out by Swim England (Formally the ASA) and start right from the word go! Children are assessed continuously throughout the term with the potential for them to receive awards at the end of each term, both individual stage and distance certificates.

Please be aware that the Swim England teaching plan from stage 1-7 is all about teaching the correct technique and introducing different aquatic skills, rather than swimming long distances.  This makes for a more rounded learning experience and if the correct technique is mastered, swimming longer distances later on becomes much easier.

To see more information about each of the stages please click on the stage tabs below:

Shallow End Stages

  • Water confidence using floatation aids
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Moving through water
  • Beginning to kick legs & pull water with hands
  • Aiming to achieve Puffin & Stage 1
  • Increasing water confidence
  • Floating horizontally on back & front with aids
  • Putting the face in
  • Kicking & pulling with floatation aids
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 2

Confident beginner

  • Face in water comfortably
  • Swimming happily with aids
  • Jumping in the water
  • Aiming to swim just a little (2/3m) with no floatation aids: This is a very big step!
  • Kicking, pulling & breathing exercises
  • Happily going underwater
  • Floating on front & back with no aids
  • Aiming to achieve 5m on front and back with no floatation aids
  • Not specific strokes just yet
  • Swimming further (5-10m) with no aids
  • Introducing stroke specific practices
  • Introducing proper backstroke
  • Aiming to achieve 10m on the front, back, proper backstroke and Stage 3
  • Aiming to achieve proper leg kicks for all the strokes
  • Frontcrawl arms over the water
  • More advanced floatation skills
  • Other water based skills, push & glides, rotations etc
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 4
  • Preparation for the deep end
  • Holding the correct strokes for a little longer
  • Aiming for a good understanding of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.

Without a good understanding of the strokes, Stage 5 will be very difficult indeed!


Deep End Stages

Introduction to the deep end

  • Confidence building
  • Getting use to swimming in deep water
  • Holding strokes for longer
  • Aiming to achieve confidence in all strokes in deep water
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 5
  • Practices for all the strokes, with & without kick boards etc
  • Holding all the main strokes for longer distances
  • Being confident in the deep end

Stroke Development 

  • Correct breathing in all strokes
  • Building up longer distances
  • Increasing stamina
  • Introducing the wearing of clothes in the water and other safety practices
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 6

Stroke Development 

  • Holding the correct technique in all strokes over longer distances
  • Stamina Training
  • Other aquatic skills like sculling, underwater swimming etc
  • Last strokes stage before personal survival
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 7

This is a Crucial Stage for the safety of your child

  • Self survival skills wearing proper clothes (no pyjamas anymore!)
  • Aiming to achieve Personal Survival 1 & 2

Introduction to Distance Swimming

  • Speed swimming
  • Distance swimming, 16 lengths
  • Different more advanced water skills
  • Aiming to achieve Bronze Award

Further Distance

  • More advanced skills
  • Timed speed swim over 4 lengths
  • Longer distance swim of 32 lengths (half a mile)
  • Aiming to achieve silver award
  • Timed Distance (32 lengths) and Timed Speed Swim (4 legnths)
  • Even more advanced water skills
  • Aiming to achieve the Gold Award

An hour of Swimming

  • Exploring different aquatic disciplines
  • Training drills
  • Longer distances
  • Hard Work but Great Fun!

For our Elite and Waterpolo classes? Click here to find out more