Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc. As well as swimming 5 metres.



Start your child’s swimming journey with our Learn to Swim programme.


Stage 1 is suitable for non-swimmers and teaches basic water safety awareness, basic movement and water confidence with the use of swimming aids such as armbands and floats.


Before they can progress to the next stage they must be able to: 

  • Enter the water safely

  • Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres

  • Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres

  • Move sideways for distance of 5 metres

  • Scoop the water and wash face

  • Be at ease with water showered from overhead

  • Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support

  • Regain an upright position from on the back with support

  • Regain an upright position from on the front with support

  • Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall

  • Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game

  • Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules

  • Travel unaided for 5m

  • Exit the water safely

 Waterside Pool  |  The Esplanade  |  Ryde  |  Isle of Wight  |  PO33 1JA

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