Updated: Apr 20

Swimming is one of the most vital life skills you can learn. Having swimming lessons help to teach people how to swim, learn the benefits of swimming, and educate kids on pool safety.

Stage one for the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme is for children aged five years and over who may have very little confidence in the water. This first stage is to help build water confidence, introduce water safety skills, and also build the ability to be able to swim. Swimmers in this stage may use any floating equipment to help them throughout all of their lessons.

In Stage 1 there's a total of 12 outcomes to complete in order to achieve the award.

1. Enter the Water Safely

This can be done by getting swimmers to go down a stepladder or a better way is by sitting and swivelling into the water.

2. Move Forward for a Distance of 5m

To achieve this outcome, swimmers need to travel forward by any means necessary for 5 metres. This can be walking, jumping, hopping anything you like. Kicking while being horizontal on their front would be the best way to do it.

3. Move Backwards for a Distance of 5m

This outcome is exactly the same as the previous one, however the swimmer will need to travel backwards for 5 metres.

4. Move Sideways for a Distance of 5m

This is also a similar outcome to the previous ones. Swimmers will need to travel through the water sideways for 5 metres.

5. Scoop Water and Wash their Face

This is where the swimmer will have to test themselves by splashing their faces with water.

6. Be Comfortable when Showered from Overhead

This is an outcome to judge how confident a swimmer is when having water poured over their head.

7. Move from a Flat Floating Position on their Back and Return to a Standing Position

As floatation devices are allowed in this stage such as noodles and armbands, swimmers have to lie horizontally on their back for a couple of seconds and then return to a standing position afterwards.

8. Move from a Flat Floating Position on their Front and Return to a Standing Position

This outcome is exactly the same as the previous outcome but swimmers will be floating on their front before returning to the standing position.

9. Push and Glide on their Front

The best way to complete this outcome is by getting a swimmer in the right starting position first. Swimmers should stand with their back against the wall and their arms extended out in front of them. Once in the right starting position, they can then place their faces in the water to raise their feet onto the wall behind them and then push off the wall horizontally on their front.

10. Push and Glide on their Back

Similar to the previous outcome, swimmers will need to push off the wall in a horizontal position again but this time on their back. Having their arms extended above their head isn't necessary but can be a nice bonus to work towards.

11. Give Two Examples of Pool Rules

This is an outcome that can help children understand the importance of health and safety at swimming pools. Some examples are: no running, no pushing, and no diving in the shallow end.

12. Exit the Water Safely

This final outcome can be done by getting swimmers to go up the stepladder or a better way is by climbing out over the wall by sliding onto their bellies, raising their knees onto the sides, and lifting themselves up.

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