Stages 1-7

The Charnwood Swim School learn to swim programme consists of 7 progressive stages and covers the following key stages of development: safety, fun and play, entries and exits, floating, streamlining, breathing, sculling, development of the four strokes, kick and pull techniques and an introduction to early endurance practices.

 

Stage 1

This stage is concerned with developing basic safety awareness, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers will learn through the use of fun and games and may use aids, such as arm bands, floats and woggles.

  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  4. Move sideways for distance of 5 metres
  5. Scoop the water and wash face
  6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support
  8. Regain an upright position from on the back, with support
  9. Regain an upright position from on the front with support
  10. Push & glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
  11. Take part in a teacher led partner orientated game
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  13. Exit the water safely

 

Stage 2

This stage focuses on developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of five metres, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use aids such as arm bands, floats and woggles.

  1. Jump in from poolside safely
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
  3. Regain upright position from the back without support
  4. Regain an upright position from the front without support
  5. Push from wall & glide on the back
  6. Push from wall & glide on the front
  7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  8. Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position
  10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position

 

Stage 3

Concerned with developing safe entries into the water – including submersion – travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous Stage, Stage 3 also sees the swimmer being assessed without the use of aids or support.

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth. 0.9)
  2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  3. Push & glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
  4. Push & glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
  5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object
  7. Answer correctly 3 questions on the Water Safety Code
  8. Travel 10 metres on the back
  9. Travel 10 metres on the front

 

Stage 4

This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer also has to swim 10 metres to a standard directed by the ASA.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of 3) whilst floating at the surface
  4. Push & glide from the wall to the pool floor
  5. Kick 10 metres Backstroke
  6. Kick 10 metres Front Crawl
  7. Kick 10 metres Butterfly on the front or on the back
  8. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back
  9. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  11. Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  12. Travel on the front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional

 

Stage 5

During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They also perform all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to a standard provided by the ASA within the ASA Learn to Swim Framework.

  1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal 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 3 different shaped jumps into deep water
  6. Swim 10 metres Backstroke
  7. Swim 10 metres Front Crawl face in the water
  8. Swim 10 metres Breaststroke
  9. Swim 10 metres Butterfly
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds
  11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help

 

Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills – including coordinated breathing – across all strokes is the focus of this stage. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25 metres using a stroke of the swimmer’s choice. Children also learn about aspects of water safety and about preparing properly for exercise.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke
  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Front Crawl
  4. Swim 10 metres with clothes on
  5. Swim Front Crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  6. Swim Breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  7. Swim Butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths
  8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional
  9. Perform a ‘shout & signal’ rescue
  10. Perform a surface dive
  11. Exit the water without using steps

 

Stage 7

During this stage, children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100 metres incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They also complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished through stages 1-7.

  1. Swim 25 metres Backstroke
  2. Swim 25 metres Front Crawl
  3. Swim 25 metres Breaststroke
  4. Swim 25 metres Butterfly
  5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills: Sculling, Rotation, Floating, Eggbeater
  6. Perform a sitting dive
  7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  8. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum three different strokes
  9. Tread water using egg beater action for 30 seconds
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout