Swimming Class Descriptions

All children will be assessed by the teacher to determine which level is suitable. If any parent disagrees with the level their child has been assessed at then they need to speak with their swimming teacher.

Tadpoles (L1)

Tadpoles

(NPTS Level 1 Beginners)

Swimmers will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Swimmers will be able to use aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.

Start:  You have never swum before!

Progression Point:

  • Scoop the water and wash the face.
  • Enter the water safely.
  • Move forwards for a distance of 5 meters, feet may be on or off the floor.
  • Move backwards for a distance of 5 meters, feet may be on or off the floor.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 1
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award 5m
  • Duckling Awards 1 – 5

Frogs (L2)

Frogs

(NPTS Level 2)

Swimmers will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel and rotation in the water. Swimmers can use aids e.g. floats to help complete this stage.

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 1 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers will be able to swim 5m with help from somebody, floats or the wall.

Progression Point:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 2.
  • Swimmers will be able to swim 5m without any Adult support, floats or the wall.
  • Children must also be confident in deep water to progress into the next level.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 2
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award 5m
  • Water Skills Award Grade 1

Turtles (L3)

Turtles

(NPTS Level 3)

Developing Swimming up to 10 metres on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stage. Stage three also sees the swimmer being assessed without the use of aids or support.

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 2 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers will be able to swim 5m without any adult support, floats or the wall.
  • Children must also be confident in deep water to progress into the next level.

Progression Point:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 3.
  • Swimmers will be able to swim 10m confidently without any help from somebody, floats or the wall.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 3
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award 10m
  • Water Skills Award Grades 2 and 3

Penguins (L4)

Penguins

(NPTS Level 4)

Swimmers will focus on learning and refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy.

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 3 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers will be able to swim 10m confidently without any help from somebody, floats or the wall.

Progression Point:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 4.
  • Swimmers will be able to swim 20m independently.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 4
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award 20m
  • Water Skills Award Grade 4

Stingrays (L5)

Stingrays

(NPTS Level 5)

Swimmers will develop further skills through sculling, treading water skills and rotation. They will also develop all four swimming strokes to the Swim England expected standards.

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 4 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers must be able to swim front crawl and backstroke confidently for 20m without needing assistance from flotation equipment or the wall.

Progression Point:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 5.
  • Swimmers can swim 25m Front Crawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke independently to Swim England’s Standards.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 5
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award 25m
  • Swim England Rainbow Stroke Awards
  • Water Skills Award Grade 4

Seals (L6)

Seals

(NPTS Level 6)

Swimmers will focus on developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise. They will also get the chance to learn some Personal Survival skills too!

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 5 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers can swim a length (25m) independently without a rest.

Progression Point:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 6.
  • Swimmers are able to swim a few lengths independently without a rest.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 6
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award for 50 and 100m
  • Swim England Rainbow Stroke Awards
  • Personal Survival Level 1

Dolphins (L7)

Dolphins

(NPTS Level 7)

Swimmers will develop a strong and confident swimming technique in the four main strokes. They will be starting to think about the speed of their swimming as well as the distance they can swim. They will also develop turns, diving, sculling and treading water. By this stage they are starting to swim quite a lot of lengths each lesson, it is recommendable that students bring a water bottle.

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 6 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers are able to swim lengths independently without a rest.

Progression Point:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 7.
  • Swimmers can swim many lengths independently, demonstrating an excellent technique in Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Butterfly, without a rest!

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 7
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Award for 200m
  • Swim England Rainbow Stroke Awards
  • Swim Challenge Bronze Challenge
  • Personal Survival Award Level 2

Sharks (L7a)

Sharks (45 minute classes)

(NPTS Level 7a)

These are aimed is for two types of swimmers;

  • those who are looking to join swimming clubs and want to improve their technique or
  • those who do not want to join a swimming club but want to continue to develop their strokes and earn badges along the way!

You will have the chance to work towards your challenge badges and swim very long distances up to 5000m!

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 7 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers can swim many lengths independently, demonstrating an excellent technique in Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Butterfly, without a rest!

Progression Point:

  • For Swimmers who have passed level 8.
  • Swimmers must be able to complete multiple lengths with excellent techniques.
  • All Swimmers should also have an understanding of regulation turns and be able to demonstrate when asked to do so.

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England National Plan Level 8.
  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Awards for 400m – 1500m
  • Swim England Swimming Challenge Awards – Bronze, Silver, Gold Challenges

Honours (L8+)

Honours (1 Hour classes)

These are aimed is for two types of swimmers;

  • those who are looking to join swimming clubs and want to improve their technique or
  • those who do not want to join a swimming club but want to continue to develop their strokes and earn badges along the way!

You will have the chance to work towards your challenge badges and swim very long distances up to 5000m!

Start:

  • For swimmers that have passed Level 8 or been assessed at this level.
  • Swimmers must be able to complete multiple lengths with excellent techniques, demonstrating an excellent technique in Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Butterfly, without a rest!
  • All Swimmers should also have an understanding of regulation turns and be able to demonstrate when asked to do so.

Progression Point:

  • You may want to join a Swimming Club or look at joining our Rookie Lifeguard Lessons!

Badges you could earn in this group:

  • Swim England Rainbow Distance Awards for 1000m – 3000m
  • Swim England Swimming Challenge Awards – Silver, Gold & Honours Challenges

Rookie Lifeguard

Rookie Lifeguard

The Royal Life Savers Society has developed the Rookie Lifeguard scheme has to provide lessons in valuable survival, rescue and sports skills…all delivered in an exciting way that get children involved and motivated. The Rookie Lifeguard scheme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water with teamwork and peer support crucial elements of the sessions.

The skills learned through the course of the programme are aimed at children from eight up to 12 years old however are just as valuable to people of all ages. The Rookie Lifeguard sessions can run parallel to your child’s current swimming lessons and will enhance the skills they learn in the pool.

The programme offers the opportunity to explore water safety, gradually gaining independence and confidence while learning vital life skills. The programme will inspire and embolden participants, helping them keep themselves, their friends and their family safe in the water through a range of fun activities that lead towards a series of awards.

The scheme begins with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progresses to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, starting off at an ability level suitable for our level 6 swimmers and above, progressing to the level where our Rookie Lifeguards perform impressive lifesaving tows.

All children will be assessed by the teacher to determine which level is suitable. If any parent disagrees with the level their child has been assessed at then they need to speak with their swimming teacher.

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