BHSC Learn to Swim Stages

Our Learn to Swim Programme is guided by the Amateur Swimming Association’s Learn To Swim framework. Children are assessed on their ability at the end of each term for progression to the next level and written reports are provided to parents. Achievement is rewarded with badges/certificates through the ASA awards scheme.

The Learn to Swim Programme is designed to work on building confidence and fun in the water, improving skills and gaining good stroke technique throughout.  A guide to our Learn to Swim stages:

Pre-School

  • Face in water blowing bubbles
  • With 2 floats, kick legs on front with face in water
  • With 2 floats, kick legs on back
  • Regain an upright position from back, with 2 float support
  • Regain an upright position from front, with 2 float support
  • Attempt push and glide in a horizontal position on front from the wall

Stage 1

  • Face in water blowing bubbles confidently
  • With 1 float, kick legs on front with face in water, legs straight, toes pointed
  • With 1 float, kick legs on back with good flat body position, straight legs and fast shallow kick
  • Regain an upright position from back, with 1 float support
  • Regain an upright position from front, with 1 float support
  • Attempt front crawl arms over water
  • Attempt back crawl arms
  • Push and glide in a horizontal position on front from the wall

Stage 2

  • Jump in from poolside safely
  • Streamlined push and glide on front and back regaining an upright position with no support
  • Swim 3 mtrs front crawl with face in water with arms clearing the water and good body position
  • Swim 3 mtrs back stroke with arms straight clearing the water and good body position
  • Knowledge of breastroke kick on front or back with noodle
  • Knowledge of breathing to the side on front crawl

Stage 3

  • Swim 6 mtrs Front crawl with arms clearing the water and breathing to the side
  • Swim 6 mtrs Backstroke with good arm stroke and body position
  • Good Breastroke kick on front with either 2 floats or noodle
  • Knowledge of breastroke arms
  • Streamlined push from wall on front and perform a log roll
  • Streamlined push from wall on front with front tumble

Stage 4

  • Swim 10 mtrs front crawl, starting from a push and glide, breathing to the side and arms clearing the water
  • Swim10 mtrs backstroke, starting with a push and glide, with good body position and straight controlled arms
  • Swim 5 mtrs of good breastroke arms with a noodle
  • Attempt full stroke legal brestroke
  • Swim 5 mtrs butterfly kick on front and back with arms by side
  • Perform on back a feet first sculling action for 5 mtrs

Stage 5

  • Swim 15 mtrs front crawl with good body position, arms clearing the water water and bilateral breathing
  • Swim 15 mtrs backstroke with good body position, straight arms and good strong continuous pull
  • Swim 15 mtrs good legal breastroke with timing
  • Swim 10 mtrs butterfly with correct legs
  • Jump in deep water and tread water for 30 seconds confidently, swim to side
  • Attempt front crawl turn at the wall

Stage 6

  • Swim 25 mtrs front crawl with good body position, arms clearing the water and bilateral breathing
  • Swim 25 mtrs backstroke with good body position, good leg kick and straight arms and good strong continuous pull
  • Swim 25 mtrs Breastroke with good timing and legal stroke
  • Swim 15 mtrs butterfly and then turn on back and finish length with fly kick on back, arms by side
  • Attempt front crawl and backstroke turns at the wall
  • Attempt sitting dive

Stage 7 

  • Swim 50 mtrs frontcrawl with good body position, arms clearing the water, bilateral  breathing and attempt turn at wall
  • Swim 50 mtrs backstroke with good body position, good leg kick and straight arms, attempt turn at wall
  • Swim 50 mtrs breastroke with good timing and legal stroke
  • Swim 20 mtrs butterfly with good arm recovery and legs together
  • Perform breaststroke and butterfly turns with good push and glide streamlining
  • Perform a sitting dive

Stage 8

  • Swim 75 mtrs frontcrawl with good body position, arms clearing the water, bilateral breathing and front crawl turn
  • Swim 75 mtrs backstroke with good body position, good leg kick and straight arms and back turn
  • Swim 75 mtrs breastroke with good timing and legal stroke
  • Swim 33 mtrs butterfly with good arm recovery and legs together
  • Swim 100 mtrs as 4 x 1L IM (Individual Medley)
  • Perform a racing dive

Assessing is programmed into each term over 2 weekends on specified dates for all swimmers towards the end of each term.  However if a child has progressed to pass the criteria during the term we can move swimmers.  Teachers will recommend to our Learn to Swim Programme Manager if they feel a swimmer is ready to progress to the next level.

Once swimmers have completed stage 7 they are offered the opportunity to enrol in our 45min class Stage 8 class, which can then lead onto our Squad programme. Those with the potential and enthusiasm are encouraged to consider entering our competitive squads which can involve training several times a week and entering galas.