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Learn 2... Swim

Exit criteria

Information on the Learn 2 Swim levels and the required exit criteria for progressing.

Adult and baby/Toddler/Child

Age: 6 months - 4 years
Aim: To introduce the adult and baby to a swimming environment and develop the confidence and skills of the adult to ensure the safe and effective handling of the baby in the water

Exit criteria:

  • Demonstrate safe entries and exits
  • Demonstrate three progressive supports/holds – prone position
  • Demonstrate three progressive supports/holds – supine position
  • Demonstrate rotation of baby from back to front/front to back in a horizontal/vertical position
  • Baby demonstrates relaxed movements with their arms and legs
  • Baby at ease with water near/over their face and will attempt to blow bubbles

Aim: To encourage independent movement and develop the water confidence and core aquatic skills of the toddler through structured play.

Exit criteria:

  • With an adult in the water, demonstrate an independent standing and sitting entry into the pool
  • Demonstrate independently placing face in the water and exhaling (blowing bubbles) into the water
  • Float on front and back with or without buoyancy aids
  • Rotate between front and back lying positions
  • Push off wall to reach adult support on front and back
  • Demonstrate a continuous leg action on front and back
  • Show front and back paddle
  • Exit the water safely with adult support

Aim: To further develop the core aquatic skills through structured play and develop the independence necessary for the next level (without an adult in the water).

Exit criteria:

  • With an adult in the water, nearby but not supporting, make an independent standing and sitting entry into the pool
  • Jump in and turn around, return to wall, monkey to steps and climb out
  • Exit the pool safely without using the steps
  • Blow an object across the surface of the water for 2 metres
  • With buoyancy aids, rotate 360 degrees in a vertical position
  • From front lying position rotate 180 degrees around horizontal axis to back lying, similar round longitudinal axis
  • Float with buoyancy aids, on front and back for a minimum 5 seconds
  • Use arms and legs to travel in any direction for approximately 5 metres

Pre-school/Aqua fun

Age: 4-5 years
Aim: To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required).

Exit criteria:

  • Enter and exit the pool safely without assistance
  • Display aquatic breathing with full submersion (blow bubbles through mouth and nose)
  • Fully submerge body
  • Demonstrate floatation on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Demonstrate streamlining on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Travel 5 metres on front or back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Jump in without assistance
  • Demonstrate three different movements across the pool

Swim skills 1

Aim: To further develop water confidence and develop core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids.

Exit criteria:

  • Demonstrate floatation on front and back without a buoyancy aid
  • Demonstrate a mushroom float
  • Demonstrate a push and glide
  • Kick on front and back with or without a float for 10 metres
  • Swim a minimum of 10 metres consistently demonstrating Frontcrawl
  • Swim a minimum of 10 metres consistently demonstrating Backcrawl
  • Show rotation from floating position front to back and back to front
  • Demonstrate a sculling action
  • Demonstrate repetitive bobbing for 30 seconds
  • Swim 10 meters in depth 1.1 meters confidently

Swim skills 2

Aim: To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique.

Exit criteria:

  • Demonstrate a push and glide with leg kick for 5 metres holding streamline position
  • Kick on front and back for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Frontcrawl with regular breathing for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Backcrawl consistently for a minimum 15 metres
  • Demonstrate Breaststroke leg kick
  • Scull for 10 metres head first on back supported
  • Head first surface dive to collect object on bottom of pool (minimum depth 1.2 metres)

Swim skills 3

Aim: Introduce more advanced stroke technique and achieve Triple S standard.

Exit criteria:

  • Travel on front and perform a somersault, finishing in a streamlined position
  • Swim 25 metres Frontcrawl and Backcrawl consistently maintaining correct technique
  • Demonstrate Breaststroke with simultaneous leg and simultaneous arm action
  • Demonstrate basic Butterfly technique
  • Travel 5 metres with an undulating body action
  • Tread water for 30 seconds waving one hand above the head to attract attention
  • Triple S standard – completing the award
  • Enter and exit the pool without using the steps
  • Scull for 10 metres

Triple S

Aim: Achieve the Triple S award/Scotland Safer Swimmer Award.

Exit criteria:

  • Jump in and submerge head under the water
  • Keep head above the water for 30 seconds and attract attention. Swim to the side and hold onto the side safely
  • Swim 25metres without stopping or putting feet on the floor
  • Float on front and then rotate/transition on to back for 5 seconds on each

Swim skills 4

Aim: To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi aquatic skills/disciplines and basic lifesaving skills.

Exit criteria:

  • Swim minimum 50 metres of Frontcrawl demonstrating push and glide, competent technique with bi-lateral breathing, high elbow and reach and pull
  • Swim minimum 50 metres of Backcrawl demonstrating push and glide, good technique, steady head position with rolling of the shoulders round the long axis
  • Swim minimum 50 metres of Breaststroke demonstrating push and glide, good technique and basic undulation
  • Swim minimum 15 metres of Butterfly demonstrating push and glide, competent technique and basic undulation
  • Perform a dive with transition to any stroke
  • Perform a straddle jump and tread water for 45 seconds

Club ready swim

Aim: To improve and maintain stroke technique over distance and develop basic training and race skills producing a swimmer who is ‘Club Ready’.

Exit criteria:

  • Swim 100 metres of Frontcrawl. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Swim 100 metres of Backcrawl. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Swim 50 metres of Breaststroke. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Swim 25 metres of Butterfly. Maintain efficient technique and incorporate race skills
  • Attempt 100 metres Individual Medley incorporate race skills
  • Understand lane discipline and use of timing clock

Adult beginner

Aim: To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without assistance but with buoyancy aids as required.

Exit criteria:

  • Enter and exit the pool safely without assistance
  • Display aquatic breathing while fully submerging (blowing bubbles through mouth and nose) 3 Fully submerge body
  • Float on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Streamline on front and back with or without a buoyancy aid
  • Travel 5 metres without a buoyancy aid
  • Demonstrate a push and glide without a buoyancy aid
  • Kick on front and back with a float for 10 metres

Adult improver

Aim: To further develop core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids and develop basic stroke technique.

Exit criteria:

  • Demonstrate a push and glide with leg kick for 5 metres holding streamline position
  • Kick on front and back for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Frontcrawl with breathing consistently for a minimum 15 metres
  • Swim Backcrawl consistently for a minimum 15 metres
  • Demonstrate Breaststroke leg kick
  • Demonstrate a sculling action
  • Head first surface dive to collect object on bottom of pool (minimum depth 1.2 metres)
  • Show rotation from floating position front/back and back/front
  • Tread water for 15 seconds

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