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Assessment Criteria

First Steps:

(unassisted, no armbands)

- Slide in carefully

- Move freely around the pool

- Demonstrate push, glide & stand up with floats- front & back

- Kick 1 width with floats- front and back

- Blow bubbles

Level One

(unassisted, no armbands)

- Push, glide & stand up on front

- Swim half a width front

- Push, glide & stand up on back

- Swim half a width on back

- Blow bubbles with face in

5m Certificate:

Swim one width confidently and unaided

Level Two

- Swim one width on back arms still

- Swim one width on front, face in blowing bubbles and breathing

- Demonstrate Star floats front & back for 5 seconds

- Sit on the bottom of the pool

- Demonstrate breathing to the side

- Pencil jump in

First Strokes:

- Swim 1 width on back using arms & legs

- On front 1 width breathing to the side with floats

- Standing in the water demonstrate frontcrawl arms

- Kick 1 width Breaststroke Legs with a buoyant aid

- Tread water for 5 seconds

Level Three

- Swim 1 width Backstroke

- Swim 1 width Front Crawl

- Swim 1 width Breaststroke

- Mushroom float for 10 seconds

- Tread water for 10 seconds

10m Certificate:

Swim 10m confidently (any stroke)

Level Four

- Swim 10m Backstroke

- Swim 10m Front Crawl/Breaststroke

- Swim 8m Breaststroke/Frontcrawl

- 8m head first sculling

- Tread water for 20 seconds

- Push, glide & spin 360 degrees

Beginners

Improvers

Deep Water Confidence:

- Perform 3 different jumps into deep water

- Swim 8m Front Crawl in deep water

- Swim 8m Breaststroke in deep water

- In deep water tread water for 10 seconds, spin 360 degrees & tread water for a further 10 seconds.

- Attempt a sitting dive

Please be aware this badge does not indicate safety in deep water, merely that the child has developed enough confidence out of their depth to achieve the aforementioned skills.

Level Five

- Swim 1 length Front Crawl

- Swim 1 length Breaststroke

- Half a length feet first sculling

- Demonstrate a sitting dive

- Demonstrate a head first surface dive

or Demonstrate a handstand

15m Certificate:

Swim 1 length confidently (any stroke)

Level Six

- Swim 1 length Backstroke

- Swim 1 length Front Crawl

- Swim 1 length Breaststroke (breathing every stroke)

- Half a length Dolphin Legs

- Demonstrate a crouch dive

- Demonstrate a feet first surface dive

Intermediates

25m Certificate:

Swim one & a half lengths confidently (any stroke)

Level Seven

- Swim 2 lengths Backstroke

- Swim 2 lengths Front Crawl

- Swim 1 length Lifesaving Backstroke

- Swim half a length Butterfly

- Demonstrate a head first surface dive to pick up a brick

-Climb out of deep water without usin

50m Certificate:

Swim 3 lengths confidently without stopping (any stroke)

Level Eight

- Swim 3 lengths: 1 x Backstroke, 1 x Breaststroke, 1 x Front Crawl

- Swim 2 lengths Breaststroke with glide

- Dive in & Swim 1 length Butterfly

- Demonstrate 30 seconds HELP position

- Good Dive (no goggles)

- Dive in and swim underwater 8-10m

Distance Swim:

1 week every term children are given the opportunity to swim for half an hour to achieve a distance badge e.g. 100m - 500m

Top Squad

- Swim 6 lengths under 3 minutes

- Swim an Individual Medley (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Front Crawl) in under 2 minutes 30 seconds

- Demonstrate an efficient, touch turn

- Push, glide and forward roll

- Tread water for 30 seconds with 1 arm out or the water

Advanced

Distance Swim:

1 week every term children are given the opportunity to swim for half an hour to achieve a distance badge e.g. 500m - 800m

Elite

- Swim 8 lengths under 3 minutes 30 seconds

- Swim 6 lengths Breaststroke under 3 minutes

- Demonstrate a competitive Front Crawl turn

- Forward roll in from the side

- Tread water with brick on chest for 30

Distance Swim:

1 week every term children are given the opportunity to swim for half an hour to achieve a distance badge e.g. 800m - 1000m

Club

- Swim 10 lengths under 4 minutes

- Swim 2 individual medleys under 3 minutes 30 seconds

- Surface dive to pick up a brick from the deep end

- Surface dive to swim through a hoop 5m away

- Tread water with two arms up for 30 seconds

Distance Swim:

1 week every term children are given the opportunity to swim for half an hour to achieve a distance badge e.g. 1000m - 1200m

Premier

- Swim 12 lengths under 4 minutes 30 seconds

- Swim 2 lengths Butterfly under 30 seconds

- Dive in swim 1 length underwater

- Demonstrate a racing dive

- Tread water for 30 seconds holding a brick out of the water