We implement the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework, an all-inclusive programme designed to take the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to full competence in the pool.
The Swim England Learn to Swim Framework is the refreshed version of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) and uses fun and games to take children through 7 stages. The framework has clear progressions between each stage and children are awarded a variety of certificates on their journey to becoming fully competent. To learn more about the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework, click here.
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Overview of Stages
In Stage 1, Your child will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Children in this stage will be able to use aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage..
Children in Stage 2 will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel and rotation in the water. Children can still use aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.
During Stage 3, your child will work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.
In Stage 4 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, children will focus on refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy.
Children in Stage 5 will focus on swimming all four strokes to the ASA Expected Standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.
In Stage 6, your child will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise.
During Stage 7, the final stage of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, your swimmers will develop quality stroke technique whilst swimming up to 100m.