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National Plan for Teaching Swimming Stages

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Stage 1

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  4. Move sideways for 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
Stage 2

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  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
Stage 3

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth. 0.9)
  2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  3. 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
Stage 4

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  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. Kick 10 metres Butterfly on the front or on the back
  8. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back
  9. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  11. Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  12. Travel on the front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional
Stage 5

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  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
Stage 6

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  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 step
Stage 7

At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  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 egg beater action for 30 seconds
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout