Certificates

Level 1 - Parent and Baby

Singing Starfish

  • Safe entry into the pool with parent
  • Happy to be held in the water
  • Happy to be glided through the water
  • Assisted float on back
  • Assisted kicking
  • Assisted paddle
  • Reach for pool floats or the side of the pool
  • Allows water to be sprinkled over head
  • Assisted fall from side of pool, turn around to wall
  • Assisted attempts to blow bubbles
  • Submerging turned to parent
  • Pulling self up onto parent’s shirt from submersion
  • Submerging turned to pool side and reach for wall
  • Assisted monkey crawl holding side of pool Safe exit from pool with parent

Level 2 - Parent/ Instructor and Toddler

Goldfish

  • Safe entry into the pool area
  • Assisted slide entry into pool
  • Confidence and familiarisation in water
  • Stand on stairs or in shallow water unassisted
  • Attempts to blow bubbles
  • Submerging face
  • Assisted back float
  • Paddling action on noodle with assistance
  • Kicking legs
  • Assisted jump into water and return to side
  • Reaching and holding onto wall by self
  • Climbing out of pool independently at the stairs
  • Awareness of not going in the pool area without parent
  • Assisted climb out at side of pool

Level 3 - Into the Swim

Turtles

  • Safe slide entry into the pool
  • Confident in water without parent
  • Able to listen and follow basic instructions
  • Happily blows bubbles with face in the water
  • Happily submerges in water
  • Paddle independently with noodle or back float
  • Kick with kickboard or noodle independently
  • Assisted back float
  • Jump to instructor, assisted paddle back to wall
  • Reaching for objects under the water
  • Assisted kick on back
  • Safe exit from pool area and close gate

Level 4 - Basic Buoyancy and Movements

Seahorse

  • Float on front and regain feet in shallow
  • Float on back and regain feet in shallow
  • Blow bubbles from nose and mouth
  • Paddle unassisted to side of pool from distance of 2 metres
  • Fully submerge reaching for object under water
  • Perform pop up breathing when kicking with kickboard
  • Assisted kick on back with kickboard
  • Jump into water, turn around and swim to side
  • Understand dangers of jumping near stairs or too close to side

Level 5 - Independent Swimmer

Clown Fish

  • Push and glide from side in a torpedo with and without goggles
  • Blow bubbles from nose and mouth whilst swimming
  • Swim with face in for 5 metres
  • Perform basic freestyle arms
  • Back float unassisted for 10 seconds
  • Kicking on back with kickboard
  • Perform basic backstroke arms with assistance
  • Perform an assisted crouch dive
  • Tread water keeping head above water in deep for 10 seconds
  • Perform body rotations rolling from front to back
  • Retrieve divestick from shallow end of pool
  • Understanding of where the stairs are
  • Monkey crawl to stairs by self
  • Float on board or noodle

Advanced Junior level 6

Torpedo for 5m

  • Unassisted kick on back for 5m
  • Perform basic freestyle arms for 7m
  • Swim continuously for 20m using any action with and without goggles
  • Retrieve dive stick from deep end of pool
  • Jump in deep end and tread water for 30 seconds
  • Perform a basic dive
  • Pass a rigid aid to a partner and instruct partner to swim to side
  • Understands age appropriate home pool safety rules

level 6 - Towards Strokes

Freestyle Frogs

  • Kick in streamline torpedo for 5 metres
  • Perform basic freestyle action for 10m with and without goggles
  • Unassisted kick on back
  • Perform basic backstroke action for 7m
  • Establish bilateral breathing pattern with kickboard
  • Jump in deep end and tread water for 30 seconds
  • Understand and perform the sculling hand action
  • Retrieve divestick from deep end of pool
  • Perform a basic dive
  • With a partner pass a rigid aid and pull partner to the side
  • Be able to recognise and talk about potential hazards in various water situations

Advanced Junior level 7

  • Propelled kicking in streamline position
  • 15m freestyle with efficient arms and legs, learning to breathe bilaterally
  • Propelled kicking on back
  • Perform backstroke action on top of the water with straight arms for 10m
  • Basic breaststroke kicking with kickboard
  • Demonstrate breaststroke arm movement in shallow water
  • Basic dolphin kick
  • Perform a basic dive and continue 1 lap of freestyle
  • Scull or tread water for 30 seconds then swim for 1 minute holding flotation aid

Level 7 - Stroke Development

Seals

  • Propelled kicking in streamline position
  • 15m freestyle demonstrating bilateral breathing
  • Propelled kicking on back with arms extended
  • Continuous backstroke with arms in straight position
  • Basic breaststroke  kicking with kickboard
  • Demonstrate breaststroke arm movement in shallow water
  • Butterfly kick in streamline position
  • Perform a basic dive and continue 1 lap of freestyle
  • Scull for 30 seconds then swim for 1 minute holding flotation aid

Level 8 - Streamlined Strokes

Marlin

  • Complete 25 metres of freestyle with correct bilateral breathing
  • From a streamline position complete 20 metres of backstrokes with bent arm pull
  • Understand breaststroke sequence pull-breath-kick-glide
  • Demonstrate breaststroke kick with glide in streamline position
  • Perform butterfly kick in streamline position with pop up breathing
  • Demonstrate sculling in the forward and backward motion
  • Tread water in deep end for 60 seconds
  • Racing dive and 2 laps of racing freestyle
  • Demonstrate a backstroke start
  • Perform basic breaststroke for 15 metres
  • Complete a forward somersault in water

Level 9 - Race technique

Dolphin

  • From a streamline position complete 50 metres of freestyle showing good technique including bilateral breathing, strong kick, high elbow recovery
  • From a backstroke start complete 50 metres continuous backstroke
  • Perform correct breaststroke pull-breath-kick-glide for 25 metres
  • Perform 10 metres of butterfly with pop breathing
  • Ability to perform tumble turn and push off on to back
  • Understand race starts and finishes for all 4 strokes
  • Understanding of drills and what they are achieving
  • Tread water for 3 minutes using correct egg beater kick and sculling action

Level 10 - Medley Magic

Sharks

  • Perform 100 metres efficient freestyle
  • Perform effective tumble turn
  • Perform 75 metres effective backstroke
  • Perform 75 metres effective breaststroke
  • Perform 50 metres effective butterfly
  • Demonstrate change of speed drills retaining efficient strokes
  • Complete 100 metre Medley
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