We currently offer 5 groups:
Level 1 - This group is designed for children aged 3-5 yrs and who do not have much water confidence or a basic kick on their front and back (we provide an assistant with all of these classes where possible)
Level 2 - This group is designed for children aged 5+ and who do not have much water confidence or a basic kick on their front and back.
Level 3 -This group is designed for children who are able to swim on their front and back without any floats and have a basic leg kick.
Level 4 - This group is designed for children who are able to swim 5 meters+ on front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke whilst having an understanding on the correct arm movements
Level 5 - this group is designed for children who are able to swim 10 meters+ on front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and have an understanding of butterfly.
Frequently asked questions
How long will it take a swimmer to pass each stage?
This will vary with every swimmer depending on their skills and experience.
If a swimmer has the experience of pre-school or adult and child sessions then he/ she may move faster initially through stages 1 & 2 because they will be familiar with the environment and should be move confident in the water.
What happens if by the end of a programme a swimmer has not achieved all the outcomes in the stage they have been working on?
The child must complete all outcomes in order to receive the stage award.
If a child continues to struggle in completing all outcomes over a considerable amount of time, it may be beneficial for him/her to move up to the next group. However information regarding the outcomes that have not been meet must be passed on and discussed with the parents.
Do i need to get in the water with my child?
No, we do not allow parents in the water during the classes, with all duckling level classes we provide an assistant in the water to help out.
Will a child with a disability be held back if they are unable to achive the outcomes?
No, The ASA has a special additional needs phase which provides progressive steps for those participants who require additional help.
Can we swim at the same time as my friend?
We can do our best to try and get you booked in together or at the same time if not in the level, however this is not guaranteed and children progress and different rates so one may go up before the other.
Do you have a waiting list for lessons and how long does it take to get booked on?
Yes we do currently have a waiting list and at this time it is around 9 months+.
Depending on what level you are after this may be longer or shorter, Ducklings and level 1 classes are the most requested and have the longest waiting list. (please note this is set to change and may increase)
My child is not yet 3 years old am i able to add them to the waiting list?
Yes as long as they will be 3 when they start we are able to add them to the waiting list and we encourage you to do this due to the size of the waiting list.
What is needed to progress from each group
Please click a level
Please note a level 1 is not the same level as a ASA stage 1
Level 1 (3-6 year old's)
1. Enter the water safely
(Choice of entry to include: use of ladder/ steps, walk in, swivel and lower entry or use of a disability hoist)
2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 meters
(Travel may be with or without aids, equipment or support)
3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 meters
(Travel may be with or without aids, equipment or support)
4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 meters
(Travel may be with or without aids, equipment or support, walking or paddle in deep or shallow water)
5. Scoop water and wash face
(Demonstration must show scooping the water in an activity whilst remaining calm throughout)
6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead
(Showering may be achieved in a teacher-led activity)
7. Move into a stretched position from on their back with support
(a variety of methods may be used to demonstrate this includes: hands on the floor, floats, arm bands, hands holding the wall, steps of use of a teacher)
8. Regain an upright position from on their back, with support
(Use of floats/wall/poolside or a teacher may be used to assist. starting position must be horizontal stretched position on the back and the finishing position in a vertical position)
9. Regain an upright position from their front, with support
(Start position must be from face in the water. Use of floats may be used to assist. Finishing position is for the participant to be in a vertical position)
10. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
(Face and head in or close to surface of the water throughout. Arms to the side or above the head. Participants may choose to perform the movement towards or away from a wall)
11. Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game
(The game must involve participants working in partners or small groups exploring buoyancy and balance in the water)
12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
(Led by a teacher with children responding. Examples may be practising the emergency exit procedure or children showing an understanding of basic pool rules such as no running)
13. Exit the water safely
(Participant may make use of: ladder or steps, walking, climbing or use of a teacher to assist)
Level 2 (5 years +)
1. Jump in from poolside safely
(Start with roes over edge of pool, jump upwards and forwards whilst eyes looking forward throughout. Land feet first into the water)
2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
(Participants must submerge the head or tilt head downwards with or without googles. Participants may perform this whilst holding a wall, standing or with support aids. The teacher must be able to see bubbles being blown)
3. Regain upright position from their back without support
(Travel may be with or without aids, equipment or support in deep or shallow water)
4. Regain an upright position from their front without support
(Participants must start the movement from face in the water. Participant can make use of floats or aids but no use of support from teacher or all in achieving this outcome. Finishing position is for the participant to be in a vertical position)
5. Push from wall and glide on their back
(Participants starts with hands and feet placed on the wall, toes under the water surface. Push in a controlled manner into a stretched position with arms above head or by the side)
6. Push from all and glide on their front
(Participants must push from a wall with arms extended over ears, face in the water, legs together, toes pointed. start position may be from hands on the wall or to start from a standing position arms out in front ready to push)
7. Travel on the back for 5 meters (this must be done without any floats)
(Ensure the participant's ears are in the water, toes are at the surface and there is minimal splash.
8. Travel on their front for 5 meters (this must be done without any floats)
(Participants must move with chin on the surface or face in the water. Arms and legs must be in the water and the swimmer must use both arms and legs for the entire 5 meters)
9. Perform a rotation from front to their back and gain an upright position
(Rotation to start from flotation position or from swimming. The rotation is a full rotation from front to the back, followed by returning to a vertical position to finish)
10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position
(Rotation to start from a floatation position or from swimming. Rotation can be around horizontal or vertical axis. The rotation is a full rotation from front to the back, followed by returning to a vertical position to finish)
Level 3 (They must be able to travel 5 metres on their front and back without any float to be in this group)
1. Jump in from poolside and submerge
(Toes over edge of pool, jump upwards and forwards whilst eyes are looking forward throughout, land feet first in water and allow body to fully submerge)
2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintained a streamlined position
(Swimmer starts by positioning him/herself side-on to the wall. Push using two feet on the wall. Ensure that hands are one on top of the other, arms extended over ears and legs are together with toes pointed after pushing off)
3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
(Push and glide on front, hands one on top of the other, arms extended and covering ears. log roll/ rotate after the push onto the back maintaining body alignment)
4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roil onto the front
(Push and glide from the wall on the back, with arms extended. Hands one on top of the other. Log roll/ rotate onto the front whilst maintaining body alignment)
5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
(Travel on front, tuck tightly and rotate around the horizontal axis and return on the back without putting feet on the pool floor throughout)
6. Fully submerge to pick up an object
(Starting in the water, Sink under the water eyes open with or without goggles. Pick up objects with two hands and return to surface. If in deep water a suspended object may be used)
7. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code
(Three responses to the Water Safety Code must include "Don't go alone", "Tell a friend" and "Tell someone where you are going. Further details on the Water Safety Code can be found on the RLSS website, www.lifesavers.org)
8. Travel 10 metres on the back
(This must be performed without feed touching the pool bottom. Travel is defined as any means of moving independently around the pool using arms and legs)
9. Travel 10 metres on the front
(This must be performed without feet touching the pool bottom. Travel is defined as any means of moving independently around the pool using arms and legs)
Level 4 (They must be able to swim up to 10 metres on their front and back without any aids and have a basic understanding on how to use their arms)
1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
(This activity may be achieved through teacher/ pupil discussion or by showing understanding though use of equipment/ via activity)
2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
(Swimmer must take a deep breath and hold breath to ensure they are floating above the pool floor. swimmer slowly curls up and bends knees into tummy tucking arms around knees whilst the chin rest on the chest. maintain the tucked position for 5 seconds whilst remaining suspended in the water)
3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes, whilst floating on the surface
(Swimmer must ensure controlled, flowing/ linking movements throughout the sequence, whilst pausing at each shape and ensuring a minimum of three shapes within the sequence)
4. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor
(Starting position may be two hands on the wall or no hands on the wall with participants standing arms out in front ready. Arms cover the ears, hands one on top of the other and face in. Hip/ bottom move upward as the swimmer pushes downward toward the floor. This should not be a surface dive but a gradual dive)
5. Kick 10 metres backstroke
(Long legs swinging, toes breaking the surface kicking upward, action originating from hip. Legs close together whilst maintaining a stretched body position. Must ensure no use of hands)
6. Kick 10 metres front crawl
(Long legs with a small splash, the kick originating from the hip and hips near the surface of the water. Loose ankles throughout. Must ensure no use of hands. Face may be in or out of the water.
7. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back
(Swimmer can be on their back, front or side keeping head still, kicking to undulate the body. The kick must originate from the hips, legs relatively straight, flicking toes upwards and a bounce like action)
8. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the back
(In a semi-sitting position, knees under water bend knees, drop heels and drive feet slightly outward and backward together in a circular motion to end in straight legs. Knees must remain close together and symmetry must be achieved throughout)
9. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front
(Keeping body stretched out, tights remain still whilst knees flex to lift heels to the bottom whilst remaining under water, feet flex outward and heels are driven outwards and backwards and together returning to straight legs. Knees must remain close together and symmetry must be achieved throughout)
10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
(Stretched body position at the surface of the water, toes pointed and hands at hip level. Figure of eight movements with the fingers slightly tilted upward. The backs of the hands should face the swimmer's head and ears are in the water. Arms/ hands remain in the water throughout)
11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
(Starting position could be back paddle, backstroke or kicking on the back and then a log roll takes place. The head leads first by turning sideways and the shoulders lifts, the hips rotate and the rest of the body rolls whilst all the time the legs are kicking)
12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
(Starting position could be front paddle, front crawl or kicking on the front and then a log roll takes place. The head leads first by turning sideways and the shoulders lifts, then the hips rotate and the rest of the body roils whilst all the time the legs are kicking)
13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional
(The 10 metres swim must be performed to the expected standard as described by the ASA in the framework resources)
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 three different shaped jumps into deep water
6. Swim 15 metres backstroke
7. Swim 15 metres front crawl
8. Swim 15 metres breaststroke
9. Swim 10 metres butter fly
10. Perform a handstand and hold for three seconds
11. Perform a forward somersault
12. Demonstrate an action for getting help