Our lessons consist of 10 stages, ranging from total beginner (non swimmer) to strong swimmer (completing lengths)
Parents have the opportunity to purchase certificates to highlight achievement.
The active Knowsley swim program adheres to the ASA National teaching plan for swimming, providing a structured, nationally recognized pathway to swimming proficiency.
In short it’s the best way to teach children to swim. Our innovative and affordable swimming scheme is delivered by fully qualified and highly motivated instructors,
in a fun, caring environment. Learning to swim is an important life skill that opens many doors throughout life. Swimming is not only a great way to keep fit,
it also allows you to make the most of your holidays, but could, one day, also save your child’s life.
Please Note: To book on lessons for any stage listed below please click here to register and book lessons.
A fun, progressive programme for introducing babies and young children to the exciting world of aquatics.
Thirty two songs are used to introduce basic water skills and confidence and can be used at bath time too. For more information go to the Swim a Song website. To book your first Swim a Song session call us on 0151 443 2200.
For babies and toddlers to explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. With the help of their parents/carers, your child will develop confidence both in and out of the water. For greater detail on what happens in Duckling lessons visit the Ducklings website. To book on lessons you can register on this website and book classes online.
Stages 1 to 10 can take 3 to 4 blocks of lessons to pass
Stage 1 (Beginners Stage)
In stage 1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework your pupil should develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness.
By the end of stage 1 your child should be comfortably submerging their face under water and blowing bubbles.
We expect each child to be completely competent at floating on their front and back. Please encourage your child to blow bubbles at home or in the pool when you practice.
Breathing and floating is imperative to learning future skills in the water. We would expect for each child to travel feet of the floor a couple of meters before moving on to Stage 2.
Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
Take part in a teacher led partner oriented game
Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
Exit water safely.
Stage 2 (Beginners Stage)
This stage focuses on safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of 5m, and rotating the body to regain an upright position.
By the end of stage 2 your child should be comfortable kicking with long legs and pointed toes on front face down blowing bubbles and on back with ears in the water.
Focus is on body position teaching your child how to be straight and streamlined in the water.
Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
Regain upright position from back without support
Regain upright position from front without support
Push from wall and glide on the back
Push from wall and glide on the front
Travel on the back for 5 metres
Travel on the front for 5 metres
Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position
Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position
Stage 3 (Beginners Stage)
More on developing safe entries into the water – including submersion – travelling up to 10m on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stage.
A strong kick is essential by the end of this stage as kicking is what keeps us at the top of the water ready to introduce arms and breathing.
Rotation is a focus point as this enables a child to roll over for a rest or a breath before rolling back to continue swimming.
It becomes a good practice to roll to breath instead of lifting head, keeping the body straight and streamlined. Introduction to Breaststroke and Butterfly legs is included on this stage.
Jump in from pool side and submerge (min depth 0.9)
Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
Travel on the front, tuck and rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
Fully submerge to pick up an object
Answer correctly 3 questions on the Water Safety Code
Travel 10 metres on the back
Travel 10 metres on the front
Stage 4 (Intermediate Stage)
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 has to swim 10m to a standard directed by the ASA. This stage covers could take 4 to 5 blocks to pass.
There are 13 elements which need to be perfected before passing. All of these elements are particularly difficult but fun too.
If your child doesn’t pass, please ensure they are not down hearted, give them lots of encouragement and praise. There are a number of distance badges your child can receive at this point.
Perform a sequence of changing shapes (min of 3) whilst floating at the surface
Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor
Kick 10 metres backstroke
Kick 10 metres front crawl
Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back
Kick 10 metres breast stroke on the back
Kick 10 metres breast stroke on the front
Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
Travel on the front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke optional
Stage 5 (Intermediate Stage)
During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They perform all strokes for 10m to a standard provided by the ASA in the Learn to Swim Framework.
This stage completes all stroke technique for a distance of 10 metres for four strokes. It is important that each individual skill is worked on.
Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back
Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
Tread water for 30 seconds
Perform 3 different squat jumps into deep water
Swim 10 metres backstroke
Swim 10 metres front crawl
Swim 10 metres breast stroke
Swim 10 metres butterfly
Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds
Perform a forward somersault tucked in the water
Demonstrate an action for getting help
Stage 6 (Intermediate Stage)
Developing effective swimming skills – including coordinated breathing – across all strokes is the focus of this stage. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25m using a stroke of their choice.
Children learn about aspects of water safety. This stage is working on distance and technique, it is important to extend distance gradually.
Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
Sink, push off on the side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate onto back
Sink, push off on the side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate onto front
Swim 10 metres with clothes on
Swim front crawl to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
Swim breast stroke to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
Swim butterfly to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional
Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
Perform a surface dive
Exit the water without using steps
Stage 7 (Advanced Stage)
Children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100m incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They also complete an obstacle course combining skills accomplished through stages 1-7.