Swimming Pool

Sibford Swimming Lessons follow the ASA framework and are split into ability groups as per below. For details of lesson availability please contact our pool manager, Angela Wiffen.

Ducklings

A fun and playful class for children aged 3 to 4 years old aiming to build water confidence without a parent in the water but with the support of a swimming teacher. This class helps to develop basic motor skills, working towards Duckling Awards.

Stage 1

This class is for children with little or no water confidence or swimming experience. Aids such as armbands and body belts may be used. Children will work towards the following targets:

  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 their back, with support
  9. Regain an upright position from on their front, with support
  10. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from the wall
  11. Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  13. Exit water safely.

Stage 2

Developing safe entries in to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and unaided rotation to regain upright positions. Aids such as armbands and body belts may be used Children will work towards the following targets:

  1. Jump in from poolside safely
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
  3. Regain upright position from their back without support
  4. Regain upright position from their front without support
  5. Push from wall and glide on the back
  6. Push from wall and glide on front
  7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids may be used
  8. Travel on the front for 5 meters, aids 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

Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on front and back, progress rotation skills and water knowledge. No flotation aids to worn to progress to next level. Targets:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge
  2. Sink, push away from the wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll on the back
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll on the front
  5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on back
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object
  7. Answer three questions on the Water Safety Code
  8. Travel 10 metres on front
  9. Travel 10 metres on back.

Stage 4

Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all four strokes, and swimming 10 meters to a given standard as directed by the ASA. Targets:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  2. Perform a tucked float for 5 seconds
  3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes whilst floating at the surface
  4. Push and glide to the pool floor
  5. Kick 10 metres backstroke
  6. Kick 10 metres front crawl
  7. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or back
  8. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front
  9. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on back
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional.

Stage 5

Developing watermanship though sculling and treading water skills, complete rotation and also performing all strokes to a given standard as directed by the ASA. Targets:

  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 30-40 seconds to include rotation
  4. Tread water for 30 seconds
  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into the deep water
  6. Swim 10 metres backstroke
  7. Swim 10 metres front crawl with face in the water
  8. Swim 10 metres breaststroke
  9. Swim 10 metres butterfly
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds
  11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing, developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise. Targets:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  2. Sink, push off on side from wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke
  3. Sink, push off on side from wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl
  4. Swim 10 metres in clothes
  5. Swim front crawl and include at least six rhythmical breaths
  6. Swim breaststroke and include at least six rhythmical breaths
  7. Swim butterfly and include at least six rhythmical breaths
  8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional
  9. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
  10. Perform a surface dive
  11. Exit water without using steps

Stage 7

Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages1-7.Targets:

  1. Swim 25 metres front crawl
  2. Swim 25 meters breaststroke
  3. Swim 25 metres butterfly
  4. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills: Sculling, Rotation, Floating and Eggbeater
  5. Perform a sitting dive
  6. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  7. Swim 100 metres using a minimum of three different strokes
  8. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds
  9. Complete an obstacle course with feet off the pool floor throughout.

Sharks

Once the swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in water through stages 1-7, he/she can progress onto the ASA Aquatic Skills Framework stages 8,9,10. Competitive Swimming, Rookie Lifeguarding and Mini Water polo.

Rookie Lifeguards

The Rookie Lifeguard programme features both swimming and lifesaving skills and is open to children aged between 8 and 12 years. Your child will learn self survival, CPR, First Aid and much more. On successful completion of the programme each Rookie Lifeguard will receive a Royal Lifesaving Society Rookie Lifeguard Certificate.