Badges and certificates to reward the children's hard work
Our Award Scheme
Every term each child in weekly lessons with us will receive a free badge and certificate. This will be either an ESA SWIM stage award, an ESA Minnows award (for our younger students), an ESA stroke-specific award or a distance award (ranging from 5m through to 1500m!)
This page will explain to you what they all mean.
ESA Distance Awards:
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 1500m!
ESA SWIM Stage Awards:
The award criteria and test conditions for the ESA SWIM Award Scheme are listed below and can be achieved over a number of weeks:
Stage 8: Competitive Swimming
Stage 9: Competitive Swimming
Stage 10: Competitive Swimming
ESA Minnows Awards
The ESA Minnows 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 Our Minnow mascot, with the colours depending on grade of award.
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.
ESA Swimming Stroke Awards
We have now developed our own set of awards for stroke-specific achievements, with criteria being set out on the back. The awards are not easy to attain – But are the ultimate reward and indicator of your child’s technique development!
The four grades are represented by four colour-coded certificates and accompanying badges and focus on body positioning techniques, effective breathing skills, Timing/coordination and confidence. All of our Stroke Awards complement the ESA SWIM stages, particularly Stages 4 and up.
By the time your child attains each individual stroke award, they will have built a solid foundation in efficiency and efficacy that will take provide them with a springboard for all of their future swimming.