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Our comprehensively planned teaching programme follows the ASA’s Learn To Swim Pathway. Children are assessed on their ability at the end of each term for progression on to the next level and written reports are provided to parents. Achievement is rewarded through the ASA awards scheme.
These stage awards follow the national syllabus produced by the ASA. They are designed to work on building confidence in the water, improving skills and ability until children can swim effortlessly with good technique. Each stage has a set of concrete goals which are summarised here. Link to the following:
More detailed information on the testing criteria for any of the stages is available on request from Kerrie Lacey.
Testing is carried out for all students towards the end of each term. However students don’t have to wait until the end of term to move up. Instructors will recommend to the lessons supervisor if at any point they feel a student is ready to progress to the next level.
A child entering the programme in stage 1 at 3 years of age can be expected to progress between stages on average once every 2-3 terms. Children that have swum continuously throughout the year will generally reach stage 8 by about age 9 or 10.
Once swimmers have completed stage 8 they are offered the opportunity to enrol in one of the 1 hour advanced classes. Those displaying the potential and enthusiasm are encouraged to consider entering a competitive squad which involves training several times a week and taking part in galas.
Rainbow Distance Awards.
This comprehensive collection of distance awards ranges from five metres with a buoyancy aid (Puffin) through to 5,000 metres. They are designed to develop their swimming ability and stamina.
The Challenge Awards
With this range of awards, pupils are challenged to achieve specified targets using a wide range of skills and stamina proficiently.
The Alpha Step Awards.
These provide small stepping stones for those individuals who may need additional support (shy/timid or some disabled individuals).
Personal Survival Awards.
These awards teach pupils how to react should they find themselves in difficulty in water and provide a deeper insight into some of the dangers they could face. By having to wear everyday clothing during the assessment, these awards test pupils in a realistic way as they replicate the conditions they are most likely to experience if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.
Water Rescue Award
The Water Rescue Award is a natural follow on from the Personal Survival Awards. It gives participants a basic insight into lifesaving techniques as well as hands-on experience in a variety of rescues.
The Preliminary Competitive Start award.
This award was introduced to ensure the safety of swimmers who perform racing dives. Teaching begins in deep water before progressing to diving from the side of the pool and starting blocks into shallow water.