Swimming Lessons

Learn to Swim at the Stour Leisure Centre

Freedom Leisure follow the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework

Our main pool will be our teaching space for lessons from Stage 1 (beginners) onwards.

Teaching pool will reopen at a later date and will cater for the very young child entering our Swim School in a Parent & Toddler session / Discovery Ducklings from 4 months old to 3-4 years (ability dependant).

We will cater for the very young child entering our Swim School in a Parent & Toddler session / Discovery Ducklings from 4 months old to 3-4 years (ability dependant) once our Teaching pool reopens later in 2021.

Our Swim programme runs for 50 weeks per annum with students (Stages 1-7) participating in one 30 minute lesson per week (£25.00 per month) and students in Stages 8+ in one 45 minute lesson per week (£32.00 per month). Lessons are paid monthly by direct debit.

Our Swim Teachers are Level 2 SEQ / STA qualified and we often use Level 1 SEQ / STA qualified Swim Teacher assistants to support early years and larger groups if required. Many of our teachers have decades of swim teacher experience & knowledge.

We have a very strong relationship with Swim England and regularly review swim standards, processes, procedures & programmes to ensure the very best learning environment and outcomes. 

To register your interest in enrolling in our Swim School, please fully complete the enquiry form below or alternatively call our Centre Team on 01233 663503 (choose option 3) for more information.

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Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 (from 4 years - 9 years old)

The Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children.

They are designed to reward your child for their development of the essential aquatic skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

Each of the Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards has a list of clear outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each Award.

Swim Stage 1

During Learn to Swim Stage 1, children will be encouraged to move around the pool and become confident with water on their face.

Learn to Swim Stage 1 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 1 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely.
  2. Move forward for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  4. Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres, feet may be on or off the floor.
  5. Scoop the water and wash the face.
  6. Be comfortable with water showered from overhead.
  7. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing.
  8. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing.
  9. Push and glide in a flat position on the front from a wall.
  10. Push and glide in a flat position on the back from a wall.
  11. Give examples of two pool rules.
  12. Exit the water safely.

 

Stage 1 Description Video

https://youtu.be/L7G0QjEuThg

Stage 2

Learning to be happy in the water at an early stage will allow swimmers to develop other skills more quickly later on. This stage also introduces various safety skills, such as being able to float, while also developing a swimmer’s kicking ability, leading to independent travel in water.

Children will work to and achieve the Puffin 5 Metre Distance Award.

Learn to Swim Stage 2 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 2 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside safely.
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically, with nose and mouth submerged.
  3. Move from a flat floating position on the back and return to standing without support.
  4. Move from a flat floating position on the front and return to standing without support.
  5. Push from a wall and glide on the back – arms can be by the side or above the head.
  6. Push from a wall and glide on the front with arms extended.
  7. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the back for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.
  8. Travel using a recognised leg action with feet off the pool floor on the front for 5 metres, without the use of floatation equipment.
  9. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the front, to a back floating position, then return to standing.
  10. Perform a tuck to rotate from a flat floating position on the back, to a front floating position, then return to standing.
  11. Perform a log roll from the back to the front.
  12. Perform a log roll from the front to the back.
  13. Exit the water without support.

 

Stage 2 Description Video

https://youtu.be/0jQegbuhwSk

Stage 3

Children will streamline through push and glides, whilst also swimming underwater. Swimmers will develop safe entries into the water, including submersion, and travel up to 10 metres on their front and back. Water safety knowledge and rotation skills will also be progressed.

Children will work towards their Rainbow 10 metre award and Water Safety 2 Award. Lots of milestones and accomplishments to enjoy & remember.

Learn to Swim Stage 3 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 3 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge.
  2. Sink, push away from wall and maintain a streamlined position.
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front, perform a tuck to rotate onto the back and return on the back.
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object.
  7. Correctly identify three of the four key water safety messages.*
  8. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the back.
  9. Push and glide and travel 10 metres on the front.
  10. Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds.
  11. Exit the water without using steps.

 

Stage 3 Description Video

https://youtu.be/KIVAmbz_EqE

Stage 4

Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 4 sees swimmers perfect their leg kicks for all four strokes and further develop push and glides, while also being introduced to sculling. Children will work through the main 4 strokes of backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and front crawl and will be able to swim 10 metres to Swim England expected standards in 1 of the 4 strokes unsupported.

Learn to Swim Stage 4 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 4 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating on the surface and demonstrate an understanding of floating.
  2. Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor.
  3. Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional).
  4. Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional).
  5. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back.
  6. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional).
  7. Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  8. Travel on back and log roll in one continuous movement onto front.
  9. Travel on front and log roll in one continuous movement onto back.
  10. Push and glide and swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

 

Stage 4 Description Video

https://youtu.be/e9bIMJxXLRw

Stage 5

During Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 5, swimmers will develop their skills in treading water, learn the correct arm pulls for all four strokes and learn how to do handstands and somersaults.

This stage is vital in ensuring and building a confident & safe swimmer. So much confidence and achievement is achieved in this Stage where high standards are the goal. Knowing your child can tread water and move on the surface and underwater is peace of mind.

Learn to Swim Stage 5 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 5 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Perform a flat stationary scull on the back.
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres in a flat position on the back.
  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation.
  4. Tread water for 30 seconds.
  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water.
  6. Push and glide and swim 10 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  7. Push and glide and swim 10 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  8. Push and glide and swim 10 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  9. Push and glide and swim 10 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds.
  11. Perform a forward somersault.
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

 

Stage 5 Description Video

https://youtu.be/VfjCJFtdGQM  

Stage 6

In this stage children continue to perfect strokes and will be taught diving. They will be working towards increasing endurance during swimming with a 25 metre award up for grabs.

The effective swimming skills taught include coordination, breathing and an understanding of water safety. Within this stage, swimmers will work on all the other strokes, including streamlining, improving their technique with both their arms and their legs.

Learn to Swim Stage 6 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 6 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Give two examples of how to prepare for exercise and understand why it is important.
  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke.
  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl.
  4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes.
  5. Push and glide and swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  6. Push and glide and swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
  7. Push and glide and swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths.
  8. Push and glide and swim backstroke to include at least six regular breaths.
  9. Push and glide and swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  10. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue.
  11. Perform a surface dive.

 

Stage 6 Description Video

https://youtu.be/YOXlVGXNy10

Stage 7

Stage 7

This stage focuses on fully developing all four swimming strokes, as well as building stamina and improving diving skills.

Swimmers should develop a quality stroke technique for up to 100 metres, incorporating the skills they have learnt throughout the stages and combining them to develop a linked routine.

They should successfully complete an obstacle course, which combines a variety of skills they have learnt from Stages 1 to 7.

Learn to Swim Stage 7 Outcomes

By completing the Learn to Swim Stage 7 Award, swimmers will be able to:

  1. Push and glide and swim 25 metres backstroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  2. Push and glide and swim 25 metres front crawl (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  3. Push and glide and swim 25 metres breaststroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  4. Push and glide and swim 25 metres butterfly (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  5. Perform a movement sequence (linking skills with strokes and sculls) of one minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:
    Sculling: head first, feet first
    Rotation: forward or backward somersault, log roll
    Floating: star on the front or on the back, tuck float, create own
    Eggbeater: Moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water
  6. Perform a sitting dive or dive.
  7. Push and glide and swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  8. Push and glide and swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes (performed to Swim England expected standards).
  9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds.
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout.

 

Stage 7 Description Video

https://youtu.be/TrLQTuzUmPE