Deborah Yule Swim School
Deborah Yule Swim School

Swim School Award Scheme

At the Swim School we follow the ASA Learn to Swim pathway which follows the swimmer from his or her first time in the water to developing confidence & competence in the water. On this page you can find a full list of our badges & detailed descriptions for our awards scheme!

Duckling Awards

The first tier of our awards system, these badges are designed to help young swimmers enjoy the fun of learning to swim. For a full list of the Duckling badges (1-4) & critera for each badge please visit here.

Learn to Swim Stages 1 - 7

The ASA Learn to Swim Stage Awards (1-7) covers the core range of fundamental skills that you need to become confident and safe in the water. We emphasise strongly the need for correct technique for all three strokes in order to achieve the Learn to Swim Stage Awards. For each Stage Award there are a number of water skills outcomes that must be completed. To view a full list of the oucomes for each badge please visit the corresponding links below.
 

 

Here they are with the Swim School expectations of it....

 

 

Stage 1

By completing this Award, with or without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

1.    Enter the water safely.

2.    Move forward for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.

3.    Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.

4.    Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres, 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.

 

SWIM SCHOOL EXPECTATION TO ACHIEVE STAGE 1:

  • Your child must be able to swim breaststroke round arms & round legs correctly – with/without the use of floatation.

Stage 2

  1. By completing this Award, with or without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:
  2. Jump in from poolside safely to a minimum depth of 1.0 metre.
  3. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.
  4. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support.
  5. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing without support.
  6. Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.
  7. Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended.
  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5 metres.
  9. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres.
  10. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.
  11. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.
  12. Perform a log roll from the back to the front.
  13. Perform a log roll from the front to the back.
  14. Exit the water without support.

 

SWIM SCHOOL EXPECTATION TO ACHIEVE STAGE 2:

  • Your child must be able to swim at least 10m of ‘good’ breaststroke unaided.
  • Your child must be able to swim back-crawl unaided. (arms & legs)

Stage 3

By completing this Award, without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

1.     Jump in from poolside and submerge to a minimum depth of 1.0 metre.

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 10 metres on the back.

9.     Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the front.

10.Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds.

11.Exit the water without using steps.

SWIM SCHOOL EXPECTATION TO ACHIEVE STAGE 3:

  • To perform front crawl leg kick correctly
     
  • Swim 50 m – (3 breaststroke & 2 back-crawl)
     
  • A handstand – two hands much touch the floor in the shallow end x 3 times.

Stage 4

By completing this Award, without floatation equipment or support, you will be able to:

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 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional).

4.     Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional).

5.     Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back.

6.     Kick 10 metres 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.

 

SWIM SCHOOL EXPECTATION TO ACHIEVE STAGE 4:

  • 200 m distance swim unaided – breaststroke

 

 

Stage 5

By completing this Award you will be able to:

1.     Perform a flat stationary scull on the back.

2.     Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres 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 10 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).

7.     Push and glide and swim 10 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).

8.     Push and glide and swim 10 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).

9.     Push and glide and swim 10 metres 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.

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SWIM SCHOOL EXPECTATION TO ACHIEVE STAGE 5:

  • Swim butterfly with correct breathing
  • Swim at least 400m unaided

Stage 6

By completing this Award you will be able to:

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 10 metres 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 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional (performed to Swim England expected standards).

10.               Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue.

11.               Perform a surface dive.

Rainbow Distance Awards

These awards can be achieved at any time of the 7 stages of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework and are a range of badges & certificates to help keep motivation alongside the stages.

 

Swimming ability and stamina are the focus of the awards. You can work your way from a five meters award through to a 400m award, depending on which stage you are at.

 

The Rainbow Distance Awards are achieved by swimming unaided but for these awards we put the main emphasis on proper stroke technique rather than speed.

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