Children's Learn to Swim Lessons

Our swimming lessons for children take place after school and on a Saturday morning .  Your child can join us from the age of 4 yrs old and there is no upper age limit. We structure our lessons by following the recommended guildelines set out in Swim England 'Learn to Swim Framework'.  Within the Framework there are 7 Stages for your child to work through and a description of these can be seen by scrolling this page. Once your child has achieved Stages 1-7  there's still lots of opportunity to swim with us and achieve many of the awards Swim England and the Royal Lifesaving Association has to offer.

Lessons for Children

 

 

Stage 1
  • At the end of  Stage 1 your child should be able to:

  • Enter the water safely

  • Move forwards for a distance of five metres

  • Move backwards for a distance of five metres

  • Move sideways for a distance of five metres

  • Scoop the water and wash face

  • Be at ease with water showered from overhead

  • Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support

  • Regain an upright position from on the back with support

  • Regain an upright position from on the front with support

  • Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall

  • Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game

  • Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules

  • Exit the water safely

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 2
  • At the end of Stage 2 your child should be able to:

  • Jump in from poolside safely

  • Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged

  • Regain upright position from the back without support

  • Regain an upright position from the front without support

  • Push from wall and glide on the back

  • Push from wall and glide on the front

  • Travel on the back for five metres, aids or equipment may be used

  • Travel on the front for five metres, aids or equipment may be used

  • 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

  • At the end of  Stage 3 your child should be able to:

  • Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9 metres)

  • 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 to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back.

  • Fully submerge to pick up an object

  • Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code

  • Travel 10 metres on the back

  • Travel 10 metres on the front

 

 Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Tues, Skipjack
Sat, Aylsham High School
 
 Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Tues, Skipjack
Sat, Aylsham High School
Stage 1

Classes

Stage 2

Classes

Stage 3

Classes

 Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Tues, Skipjack
Sat, Aylsham High School
 

Stage 4

At the end of Stage 4 your child should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy

  • Perform a tuck float for five seconds

  • Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface

  • Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor

  • Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional)

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

  • Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back

  • Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the back (equipment optional)

  • Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (equipment optional)

  • Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position

  • Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front

  • Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back

  • Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional

 

 

Stage 5

 

  • At the end of Stage 5 your child should be able to:

  • 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 three different shaped jumps into deep water

  • Swim 10 metres backstroke 

  • Swim 10 metres front crawl face in the water (refer to the Swim England expected stroke standards sheet)

  • Swim 10 metres breaststroke 

  • Swim 10 metres butterfly

  • Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds

  • Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water

  • Demonstrate an action for getting help

 

 

 

 

Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Tues, Skipjack
Sat, Aylsham High School
 Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Tues, Skipjack
Sat, Aylsham High School
Stage 4

Classes

Stage 5

Classes

 

Stage 6

 

  • At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 6 your child should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise

  • Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke

  • Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl

  • Swim 10 metres wearing clothes

  • Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths

  • Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths

  • Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths

  • Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke

  • Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue

  • Perform a surface dive

  • Exit the water without using steps

 

 

 

Stage 7

  • At the end of the  Stage 7 your child should be able to:

  • Swim 25 metres backstroke

  • Swim 25 metres front crawl

  • Swim 25 metres breaststroke

  • Swim 25 metres butterfly

  • Perform a movement sequence of one minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills. Sculling: head first, feet first. Rotation: forward/backward somersault, log roll. Floating: star on the front/on the back, tuck float, create own. Eggbeater: moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls

  • Perform a sitting dive

  • Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke

  • Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes

  • Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds

  • Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout

 

 

 Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Mon, Aylsham High School
Sat, Aylsham High School
Weds & Fri, Mermaid River 
Mon, Aylsham High School
Sat, Aylsham High School
Stage 6

Classes

Stage 7

Classes

Sailfish Swimming
Aylsham, Norfolk, England
 
Tel: 07795 488638
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