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Junior Lessons Pathway

Learn to Swim

Class Details

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.

Swimasong

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.

Duckling

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.

View Stage 1 assessment criteria
  • Enter the water safely
  • Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
  • Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  • Move sidewards for a distance of 5 metres
  • Scoop the water to wash face
  • Be at ease with the water showered from overhead
  • Move into a stretched floating position
  • Regain an upright position from on the back
  • Regain an upright position from on the front
  • 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.

View Stage 2 assessment criteria
  • Jump in from pool side safely
  • 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.

View Stage 3 assessment criteria
  • 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.

View Stage 4 assessment criteria
  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  • Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  • 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.

View Stage 5 assessment criteria
  • Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  • 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.

View Stage 6 assessment criteria
  • 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.

View Stage 7 assessment criteria
  • Swim 25 metres Backstroke
  • Swim 25 metres Front Crawl
  • Swim 25 metres Breaststroke
  • Swim 25 metres Butterfly
  • Perform a sitting dive
  • Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  • Swim 100 metres using a minimum of three different strokes
  • Tread water using egg beater action for 30 seconds
  • Complete an obstacle course (minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom
  • Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills sculling, rotation, floating, egg beater

Stages 8, 9, 10 (Advanced Stage)

Your child will learn a range of advanced techniques such as swimming continuously over a long distance using a single stroke and advanced starts. There are also awards for each stage.

View Stage 8 assessment criteria
  • Complete a set lasting 400m (e.g.16 x 25m) on a specific turn around time set by the coach (e.g. 1min for each 25m)
  • Swim 400m continuously using one stroke
  • Kick 25m backstroke with/without using a board
  • Kick 25m breaststroke with/without using a board
  • Kick 25m butterfly without using a board
  • Kick 25m front crawl with/without using a board
  • Perform a backstroke turn from 10m in to 15m out
  • Perform a breaststroke turn from 10m in to 15m out
  • Perform a butterfly turn from 10m in to 15m out
  • Perform a front crawl turn from 10m in to 15m out
View Stage 9 assessment criteria
  • Complete a set lasting 800m (either 16 x 50m; 8 x 100m; 4 x 200m) on a specific turn around time set by the coach e.g. 1.30min for 50m; 2.45min for 100m; 6.00min for 200m
  • Swim 800m continuously using one stroke
  • Swim a continuous 100m Individual Medley using legal turns
  • Perform a 15m underwater kick on front in a streamlined position
  • Perform a backstroke start then butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater until 10m from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m
  • Perform a front crawl start, underwater kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10m from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainderof the 25m
  • Perform a butterfly start, kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10m from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m
  • Perform a breaststroke start, perform a 1½ pull under water, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m
View Stage 10 assessment criteria
  • Complete a set lasting 1600m (either 16 x 100m; 8 x 200m; 4 x 400m) on a specific timed turn around set by the coach (e.g. 2.30min for 100m; 5.30min for 200m; 12min for 400m)
  • Swim 1500m continuously using one stroke
  • Perform a continuous 100m Individual Medley kick without using a kick board
  • Swim a continuous 200m Individual Medley using legal turns
  • Perform a 15m under water butterfly kick on back or front in a streamlined position
  • Perform a front crawl relay take over: - as an incoming swimmer
  • Perform a front crawl relay take over: - as an outgoing swimmer


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