Stages 1 - 3

During stages 1-3 of the Learn to Swim Programme, our teachers are water-based.

This means that our teachers are in the pool with the swimmers allowing for that extra support and confidence building.  This method of teaching allows participants to become comfortable in the water which sets a foundation ready for swimmers to gain strength for swimming distances and learn techniques.

The learning objectives for stages 1-3 of the Swim England Learn to Swim programme are divided into progressive stages. They form part of the core, national learning objectives for nursery and primary school aged children, which have been designed to teach learners the basics of swimming and water safety.

Each of the Learn to Swim stages displays a clear list of learning outcomes that need to be achieved in order to complete the stage.  Take a look below for a more detailed breakdown of each stage and which would be most suited to your child.

Learning objectives of each stage
Stage 1
Perfect for complete beginners! This stage is designed to teach the basics, including becoming comfortable with being around the water, learning how to enter/exit the water safely and introducing balance and water movement techniques.
Stage 2
Building confidence! This stage is aimed at those who need that extra time in armbands to build confidence and strength. This stage takes the time to develop a swimming technique that will allow your child to swim independently without flotation aids and little teacher support.
Stage 3
Swimming without armbands! During stage 3 children will be assisted by the swimming teacher when swim on their front and back without armbands until children feel 100% confident. The learning objectives for stage 3 involve jumping in without assistance, submerging underwater and streamlining on the front and back.

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