Beginner: Will follow the ASA Duckling awards. These awards help swimmers to move independently whilst under close supervision. This is done in small groups with the teacher in the water.The swimmer will learn to put their faces in, blow bubbles and submerge. Jump into the water aided or unaided. They will be able to kick across the pool on front and back with aids. Some will be swimming by the end of the course. There are 5 Duckling awards to be achieved.
Improvers: Will follow the ASA Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1 -
Stage 1: Able to enter water safely, push and glide, swim 5 metres front paddle with face in and lifting to breathe. Beginning to lift arms over the water. Swim 5 metres on back
Stage 2: Jump in from poolside. Push and glide. Beginning to turn head to the side to breathe in front crawl. Now using both arms and legs in backstroke.
Stage 3: Jump in from poolside and submerge. Push and glide on front and back. Pick up object from bottom of pool. Swim 10m on front and 10m on back.
Demonstrate and understanding of buoyancy, perform a tuck float. Push and glide from the wall. Kick 10m on front. Kick 10m on back. Kick 10m breastroke on back. Kick 10m breastroke on front. Kick 10m butterfly on front or back. Sculling feet first.
These are just some of the skills that are taught. Once the swimmer is competent in the water they will also be taught Personal Survival and the Challenge Awards. Those over the age of 8 who can swim at least 200m with a competent stroke in front, backcrawl and breastroke can join the Rookie Lifeguard groups if they would like to.