Swim England National Teaching Plan

We follow the National Teaching Plan set out by Swim England (Formally the ASA) and start right from the word go! Children are assessed continuously throughout the term with the potential for them to receive awards at the end of each term, both individual stage and distance certificates.

The Swim England teaching plan from stages 1-7 is all about getting the foundations of swimming right, including the correct technique and introducing different aquatic skills, swimming longer distances comes later on.  This makes for a more rounded learning experience and if the correct technique is mastered, swimming longer distances later on becomes much easier.

Our Swimming Stages

Stage 1

  • Increasing water confidence
  • Floating horizontally on back & front with aids
  • Putting the face in
  • Kicking & pulling with floatation aids
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 1

Stage 2

  • Face in water comfortably
  • Swimming happily with aids
  • Jumping in the water
  • Aiming to swim 5m with no floatation aids: This is a very big step!
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 2

Stage 3

  • Kicking, pulling & breathing exercises
  • Happily going underwater
  • Floating on front & back with no aids
  • Aiming to achieve 10m on front and back with no floatation aids
  • Introducing back stroke
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 3

Stage 4

  • Introducing the leg kicks for all the strokes
  • New aquatic skills
  • Aiming for good technique over a short distance
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 4

Stage 5

  • Practices for all the strokes, with & without kick boards etc
  • Holding all the main strokes for longer distances
  • Being confident in the deep end
  • Getting used to swimming in deep water
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 5

Stage 6

  • Correct breathing in all strokes
  • Building up slightly longer distances
  • Increasing stamina
  • Correct technique in all strokes
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 6

Stage 7

  • Holding the correct technique in all strokes over longer distances
  • Stamina Training
  • Other aquatic skills like sculling, underwater swimming etc
  • Last stroke stage before personal survival
  • Aiming to achieve Stage 7

Personal Survival

  • Self survival skills wearing proper clothes (no pyjamas anymore!)
  • Aiming to achieve Personal Survival 1 & 2

Bronze Award

  • Speed swimming
  • Distance swimming, 16 lengths
  • Different and more advanced water skills
  • Aiming to achieve Bronze Award

Silver award

  • More advanced skills
  • Timed speed swim over 4 lengths
  • Longer distance swim of 32 lengths (half a mile)
  • Aiming to achieve silver award

Gold Award

  • Timed Distance (32 lengths) and Timed Speed Swim (4 legnths)
  • Even more advanced water skills
  • Aiming to achieve the Gold Award


  • Exploring different aquatic disciplines
  • Training drills
  • Longer distances
  • Hard Work but Great Fun!

Adult Swimming Lessons

Wednesday Nights 8PM

Our Adult lessons for all swimming abilities, are offered for Beginners, Novices & for Stroke improvement. 

Whether you are looking to tackle any nerves about being in the water, feeling safe when swimming on holiday or looking to improve strokes for personal goals or aspirations, we have the lesson for you.

We have instructors' to suit your ability and we are very keen in helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be so do let us know!







Crash Courses

Each summer we hold children's week long intensive courses for all abilities.  These are half hour lessons every morning for a whole week.  These are a great way to bring your child on in their swimming ability.

Please contact the office for more information.

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