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Groups & Objectives

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We aim to give children all the skills and technique they need to be confident swimmers.

All teachers in the club use the table below as a framework (not a ticklist) for the groups and will always keep the process flexible.  Some children will benefit from staying longer in groups whilst others will thrive by being moved up sooner.  

Guidelines for the objectives of each group are shown below, and also can be downloaded here.

The table describes the teaching groups and their aims.  It's a guide for teachers, and in practice situations may vary.   We apply the National Teaching plan for Teaching Swimming as a central feature of each group.

Group

Session Times

Equipment

Children’s age range

NPTS

Focus of work/core achievements

Core standards testable in group

Beginners

4 x 30 mins

Floats, floaters, sinkers, balls hoops

4½ - 7

1

Stage 1

1.    Enter water safely.

2.    Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres.

3.    Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres.

4.    Move sideways for a distance of 5 metres.

5.    Scoop the water and wash face.

6.    Be at ease with water showered from overhead.

7.    Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support.

8.     Regain an upright position from on the back, with support.

9.     Regain an upright position from on the front, with support.

10.   Push & glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall.

11.   Take part in a teacher led partner orientated game.

12.   Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules.

13.   Exit the water safely.

 

Duckling 1

Duckling 2

Duckling 3

 

Distance 5m

Distance 10m

Beginners

4 x 30 mins

 

 

2

Stage 2

1.    Jump in from poolside safely.

2.    Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged.

3.    Regain upright position from the back without support.

4.    Regain an upright position from the front without support.

5.    Push from wall & glide on the back.

 

6.     Push from wall & glide on the front.

7.     Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be  used.

8.     Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used.

9.     Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position.

10.   Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position.

 

 

Improvers

4 x 30 mins

Floats, floaters, sinkers, balls hoops

5-8

3

Stage 3

1.    Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9 m)

2.    Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position.

3.    Sink, push & glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.

4.    Push & glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front.

 

5.     Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back.

6.     Fully submerge to pick up an object.

7.     Answer correctly 3 questions on the Water Safety Code.

8.     Travel 10 metres on the back.

9.     Travel 10 metres on the front.

 

Skills 1/2

(Brownies 1/Cubs 1)

 

Distance 25 metres

Improvers

4 x 30 mins

 

 

4

Stage 4

1.    Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy.

2.    Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds.

3.    Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of 3) whilst floating at the surface.

4.    Push & glide from the wall to the pool floor.

5.    Kick 10 metres Backstroke.

6.    Kick 10 metres Front Crawl.

7.    Travel on the front and roll in one continuous movement onto back.

8.     Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

9.      

10.   Kick 10 metres Butterfly on the front or on the back.

11.   Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back.

12.   Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front.

13.   Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position.

14.   Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto the front.

 

 

Island

4 x 30 mins

Floats, bricks, sticks, diving hoop

7-10

5

Stage 5

1.    Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back.

2.    Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal 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 3 different shaped jumps into deep water.

 

6.       Swim 10 metres Backstroke.

7.       Swim 10 metres Front Crawl face in the water.

8.       Swim 10 metres Breaststroke.

9.       Swim 10 metres Butterfly.

10.     Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds.

11.     Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water.

12.     Demonstrate an action for getting help.

 

Skills 2/3

(Brownies 2/Cubs 2)

 

(should be able  achieve 100/200m distance)

10 metre

4 x 30 mins

Floats, leg floats, bricks, diving hoop

8-11

6

Stage 6

1.    Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise.

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 with clothes on.

5.    Swim Front Crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths.

 

6.       Swim Breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths.

7.       Swim Butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths.

8.       Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

9.       Perform a “shout & signal” rescue.

10.     Perform a surface dive.

11.     Exit the water without using steps.

 

Skills 3/4

(Brownies 3/Cubs 3)

 

(should be able to achieve 400m distance)

Lanes 1

3 x 40 mins

Floats, leg floats

9-13

7

Stage 7

1.    Swim 25 metres Backstroke.

2.    Swim 25 metres Front Crawl.

3.    Swim 25 metres Breaststroke.

4.    Swim 25 metres Butterfly.

5.    Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills: Sculling, Rotation, Floating, Eggbeater.

6.    Perform a sitting dive.

 

7.       Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke.

8.       Swim 100 metres, using a minimum three different strokes.

9.       Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds.

10.     Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout.

 

Skills 5

(Brownies 4/Cubs 4)

(silver swimming challenge)

 

(should be able to achieve good strokes for 1,000m)

Lanes 2

3 x 40 mins

Floats, leg floats, clock board

11-14

8 & 9

Stage 8 & 9

1.    Refined strokes, BS, FC and BC

2.    Refine coordination in BF

3.    Refined starts and turns

4.    Stamina and distance development

 

5.       Introduced timed swims and sprints

6.       Introduce structured coaching sessions (introduce self-sufficiency)

7.       Establish relay race behaviour

 

Skills 6

(Scouts interest badge)

(Should be able to achieve good strokes for 1,500-3,000m)

Lanes 3

2 x 1 hour

Floats, leg floats, clock board

14-17

10

Stage 10

1.    Training for fitness and stroke development

2.    Develop skills and techniques in BS, FC BC and BF through:

3.    Sectioned work (arms and legs)

4.    drills (part/full strokes)

 

5.       Establish personal goals and develop endurance, speed and strength

6.       Instill sense of progression and adaptation

7.       Encourage and signpost young people to life-saving opportunities

 

Speed awards (gala) and Personal times

Encourage participation in life-saving courses

(Should be able to achieve good strokes over 4,000m)