Final spaces remining for this term's childrens weekly lessons. Call now to reserve your child's place.
Next Freestyle technique clinic running on Sunday 25th May and 16th June! Perfect your stroke in just 1 half day course.
Spaces now available for our next 5 day children's intensive swimming courses running over the May half term (week commencing 27th May)
Open water swimming season is nearly upon us and dates for our half day clinics are now ready to book!
Our Award Scheme Explained
Every term each child in weekly lessons with us will receive a free badge and certificate. This will be either a stage award, a duckling award (for our younger students) or a distance award (ranging from 5m through to 2000m!)
This page will explain to you what they all mean.
To receive one of our distance awards, your child must have swum the relevant distance detailed on the award unaided.
For any distance awards over 25m we expect our students to be able to swim the distance with good technique for their choice of stroke. Distance awards start at 5m and range through to 2000m!
The award criteria and test conditions for the Kellogg's ASA Award Scheme are listed below and can be achieved over a number of weeks:
This stage is concerned with developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as woggles, floats, etc.
This stage focuses on developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of five metres, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use aids such as woggles, floats, etc.
- Stage 3
Concerned with developing safe entries into the water - including submersion - travel up to 10metres on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous Stage, Stage 3 also sees the swimmer being assessed without the use of aids or support.
- Stage 4
This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer also has to swim 10metres to a standard directed by the ASA.
- Stage 5
During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They also perform all strokes for a distance of 10metres to a standard provided by the ASA.
- Stage 6
Developing effective swimming skills - including coordinated breathing - across all strokes is the focus of this stage. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25metres using a stroke of the swimmer’s choice. Children also learn about aspects of water safety and about preparing properly for exercise.
- Stage 7
During this stage, children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100metres incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They also complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished through stages 1-7.
- Stage 8: Competitive Swimming
This stage focuses on refining stroke technique for all 4 strokes as well as introducing the correct turns such as tumble turns and hand touch turns relevant to each stroke. Students will be expected to be able to swim at least 400m with excellent technique.
- Stage 9: Competitive Swimming
Competitive racing starts and turns are introduced in this stage as well as refining stroke technique to an even greater level for all 4 strokes. Competitive swimming sets are introduced as well to start building stamina and endurance. Students are expected to be able to swim at least 800m with excellent technique.
- Stage 10: Competitive Swimming
By the end of this stage students will have full knowledge of all competitive swimming strokes, turns, starts, relays and races. They will have all necessary skills mastered to a high level in order to start competing for a swim club. We have close relationships with our local swim club and will be happy to introduce you to them upon completion of this stage as a next step in your child’s swimming career.
The Duckling Awards are designed to help younger children enjoy learning to swim.
Your child can work towards five grades of colourful awards, each with its own certificate and badge. Each badge contains pictures of yellow ducklings depending on grade of award. The Duckling 1 badge has one duckling, while the Duckling 5 badge has five ducklings.
Buoyancy aids, such as floats and woggles, can be used for the first four grades as the child learns to float and gets used to the water. The fifth and final grade has young swimmers jumping into the water, submerging, and floating and swimming five metres without aids.
Water Skills Awards
Well suited to intensive activity programmes, these awards reward your child for successfully developing eight out of 10 skills across six grading levels, or six out of eight skills if your child has a disability.
The six grades are represented by six colour-coded certificates and accompanying badges and focus on confidence, versatility, skills and endurance. Grades 1-4 complement Stages 1-7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, and Grades 5-6, Stages 8-10.
By the time your child succeeds at Grade 6, he or she should be able to swim 75m within two minutes using three different strokes.