Swimming Classes

From Beginner to Advanced, we have you covered

Swim England (previously ASA) Learn to Swim Pathway

Lessons are tailored to ability and we offer the following levels of instruction:

  • Foundation Stage (Pre-school Classes) 3 yrs plus
  • FUNdamental Movement Skills (Beginner 1 to Improver 3, Stages 1 to 7) 4 yrs plus
  • Aquatic Sports Skills (Swimming Club Stages 8 – 10) 7 yrs plus

Foundation Stage

This is the programme for water confidence for pre-school classes . The emphasis is on the development of basic motor skills, an introduction to water and the swimming environment, through fun and games.

Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage

Stage 1 (Beginner 1)

Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids e.g. arm bands, woggles, floats etc.

Skills include the following:

  1. Enter the water safely.
  2. Move forward for a distance of 5m, feet may be on or off the floor.
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5m, feet may be on or off the floor.
  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5m, feet may be on or off the floor.
  5. Scoop the water and wash the face.
  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead.
  7. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing.
  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing.
  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the front from a wall.
  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall.
  11. Give examples of two pool rules.
  12. Exit the water safely.

Additional Skills:

  • Travel 5m on front and back without buoyancy aids.
  • Jump in from side without assistance.

Stage 2 (Beginner 2)

Developing safe entries into water including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, woggles, floats etc.

Skills include the following:

  1. Jump in from poolside safely to a minimum depth of 1m.
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.
  3. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support.
  4. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing without support.
  5. Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.
  6. Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended.
  7. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5m.
  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5m.
  9. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.
  10. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.
  11. Perform a log roll from the back to the front.
  12. Perform a log roll from the front to the back.
  13. Exit the water without support.

Additional Skills:

  • Travel on front and back for 10m without buoyancy aids.
Stage 1-2 Navy Blue
Stage 1-2 Navy Blue
Stage 1-2 Navy Blue
Stage 3-4 Red
Stage 3-4 Red
Stage 3-4 Red

Stage 3 (Intermediate 1):

Developing safe entries including submersion, travelling up to 10 metres on the front and back, rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Skills include the following:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge to a minimum depth of 1m.
  2. Sink, push away from wall and maintain a streamlined position.
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front, perform a tuck to rotate onto the back and return on the back.
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object.
  7. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code.
  8. Push and glide and travel 10m on the back.
  9. Push and glide and travel 10m on the front.
  10. Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds.
  11. Exit the water without using steps.

Additional Skills:

  • Travel 15m on front and back without buoyancy aids.

 

Stage 4 (Intermediate 2):

Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by Swim England.

Skills include the following:

  1. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating on the surface and demonstrate an understanding of floating.
  2. Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor.
  3. Kick 10m backstroke (one item of equipment optional).
  4. Kick 10m front crawl (one item of equipment optional).
  5. Kick 10m butterfly on the front or on the back.
  6. Kick 10m breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional).
  7. Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  8. Travel on back and log roll in one continuous movement onto front.
  9. Travel on front and log roll in one continuous movement onto back.
  10. Push and glide and swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

Additional Skills:

  • Perform a basic sitting dive from the poolside in the deep end.
  • Travel 25m on front and back without buoyancy aids.

Stage 5 (Improver 1):

Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to a given standard as directed by Swim England.

Skills include the following:

  1. Perform a flat stationary scull on the back.
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5m in a flat position 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. Push and glide and swim 10m backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  7. Push and glide and swim 10m front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  8. Push and glide and swim 10m breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  9. Push and glide and swim 10m butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds.
  11. Perform a forward somersault.
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

Additional Skill:

  • Sink, push and hold an underwater glide for 2m.
Stage 5 Green
Stage 5 Green
Stage 6 Royal Blue

Stage 6 (Improver 2):

Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

Skills include the following:

  1. Give two examples of how to prepare for exercise and understand why it is important.
  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 10m wearing clothes.
  5. Push and glide and swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  6. Push and glide and swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  7. Push and glide and swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths.
  8. Push and glide and swim backstroke to include at least six regular breaths.
  9. Push and glide and swim 25m, choice of stroke is optional (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  10. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue.
  11. Perform a surface dive.

Additional Skills:

  • Sink, push, holding a streamline position.

Stage 7 (Improver 3):

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.

Skills include the following:

  1. Push and glide and swim 25m backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  2. Push and glide and swim 25m front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  3. Push and glide and swim 25m breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  4. Push and glide and swim 25m butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  5. Perform a movement sequence (linking skills with strokes and sculls) of one minute duration, in a group of three or more.
  6. Perform a sitting dive or dive.
  7. Push and glide and swim 50m continuously using one stroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  8. Push and glide and swim 100m, using a minimum of three different strokes (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds.
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout.

Additional Skills:

  • Perform a basic racing dive from the poolside in deep water.
  • Sink, push, holding a streamline position, performing 5 butterfly kicks.
Stage 7 Pale Blue
Stage 7 Pale Blue
Stage 8-10 (Aqua Swimming Club)

FUNdamental Sports Skills

Stages 8 – 10 (Aqua Swimming Club):

Once the swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in the water through Stages 1 – 7, the swimmer can focus on the development of competitive swimming techniques such as advanced skills for speed on all four strokes, starts, turns and following specified training sets and programmes.

More information can be found on the Aqua Swimming Club pages >>

1 to 1 and 1 to 2 Lessons

Please contact the Aqua office if you would like to arrange a 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 lesson with one of our instructors during the term time or the holiday period.

Aqua Swimming Club

For Aqua Swimming Club Membership Fees please contact the ‘Aqua’ office on 01732 455800 or sarah@aquaswimming.ltd.uk for further details.