Complete all 7 stages for the Complete Swimmer Medal which can be purchased from reception
The Seven Stages
Start your child’s swimming journey with our Learn to Swim programme. Stage 1 is suitable for non-swimmers and teaches basic water safety awareness, basic movement and water confidence with the use of swimming aids such as armbands and floats.
Move into a stretched, floating position using aids, equipment or support
Regain an upright position from on the front with support
Regain an upright position from on the back with support
Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from wall
Take part in a teacher or partner led game
Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
Exit the water safely
Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 1.
At this stage children learn safe entries to the water, jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back to 5 metres, rotating the body and regaining an upright position in the water – children can use swimming aids.
Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
Sink, push off the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke
Sink, push off the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl
Swim 10 metres with clothes on
Swim front crawl to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
Swim breaststroke to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
Swim butterfly to include at least 3 rhythmical breaths
Swim 25 metres choice of stroke is optional
Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
Perform a surface dive
Exit the water without using the steps
Upon confident completion of all the above skills, your child will have completed Stage 6.
Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 – 7.