Babies and Toddler follow a Duckling Award Scheme from Duckling 1 - 4
Pre school and primary school children follow the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming with children obtaining their NPT Level 5 graduating to a bigger swimming pool.
Awards and Certificates
ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming
‘Journey through Aquatics’
The Swimmer’s ‘journey through aquatics’ starts with FOUNDATION, a programme for developing early years water confidence, which is encouraged through sessions such as ‘parent and baby’ and ‘pre-school’ sessions. The emphasis is upon development of very basic motor skills and introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The ‘ASA Duckling’ Awards provide rewards appropriate for this section.
The next stage along the ‘journey’ takes a Swimmer through FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS, STAGE 1 – 7 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming. There are smaller stepping-stones for Swimmers who are not yet ready for Stage 1 of the NPTS and who may have ADDITIONAL NEEDS requirements in order to progress into Stage 1 of the NPTS. The Awards range specific to this section is the ’ASA Alpha Awards’.
A Brief Overview of our Certificates
For more information regarding the content you may wish to purchase the ASA Parents Guide, available from the ASA Awards Centre, Freephone: 0800 220292.
STAGE 1 – Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Little Fins may use aids, e.g. floats and woggles.
STAGE 2 – Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Little Fins may use aids, e.g. floats or woggles.
STAGE 3 – Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.
STAGE 4 – Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.
STAGE 5 – Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA.