Swimmers are assessed during their lessons and in full against Swim England outcomes towards the end of each course and will receive either their Swim England Duckling or Stage Award (1 – 7) or if “in between” stages, will receive a Distance, Stroke or ‘ I Can’ award to help keep them motivated. Awards are distributed at the last class of each course. If you miss the last class of a course, the Certificates will be brought in on the first week of the next Course for collection, we cannot post them to you.
Our Teachers are unable to speak to parents at poolside, as they are busy ensuring the safety of our Swimmers. Please call anytime between 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Monday – Friday where Carol or Brad will be happy to answer any questions you have and can also discuss your swimmers progress. If you prefer to speak “face to face” please ask to speak to Carol when she is poolside or call to arrange a meeting at pool.
Parents please be realistic with regards to your expectations, a typical full 36 week School year (three Swim Courses a year) is only 18 hours of swimming practice! Please never compare your swimmers ability or progress to other swimmers, all children are individuals with very different needs and will learn at their own pace. Teaching your children to swim is a partnership between “You and Us” and we look forward to working with you during their swimming journey.
Certificates and Badges are awarded to keep our Swimmers motivated at the end of each full Course. If your Swimmer does not achieve their next Stage during a Course, it does not mean that they have not progressed, it just means that they have not completed all of the outcomes to Swim England Standards. Every Stage award is assessed on overall swim ability for that Stage and on the main outcomes required to achieve it, which are highlighted below (full outcome list on links below):
The Pre awards used for swimmers who have not yet reached all outcomes to achieve Stage 1 are the Swim England Duckling Awards 1 – 4, these can be used for both pre School and School age Swimmers with or without parent support.
The main elements to achieve each stage are shown below:
Stage 1 – Confident in the water, comfortable with water in face, push and glide on front and back. Move in the water independently.
Stage 2 – Travel for 5m using a recognised leg action on front and back, push and glide, blow bubbles to a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged, jump in from poolside to 1m.
Stage 3 – Swim 10m with no arm aids with face in and breathing to side. Fully submerge to pick up an object, push and glide front and back with arms extended and log roll onto back. Exit the water without using steps/ladder.
Stage 4 – Swim Front Crawl and Back Stroke including correct breathing techniques, Kick 10m Breaststroke and 10m Butterfly, sculling action for 10m, competent in floating ability.
Stage 5 – Swim all four Strokes to Swim England Expected standards. Sculling and treading water.
Stage 6 – Swim all four Strokes to Swim England Expected standards including at least three rhythmical breaths, 10m wearing clothes, 25m to Swim England Standards.
Stage 7 – Swim all four Strokes to Swim England standards for 25m, swim at least 100m minimum using three different Strokes.
Full Swim England Award Outcomes Explained: Swim England’s Website
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