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Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.


At this stage children learn safe entries to the water, jumping in, basic floating, travelling on front and back to 5 metres, rotating the body and regaining an upright position in the water – children can use swimming aids.

Before they can progress to the next stage they must. 

  • Jump in from poolside safely, submerge, scull and swim back to wall

  • Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged

  • Regain upright position from the back without support

  • Regain an upright position from the front without support

  • Push from wall and slide on the front

  • Push from wall and glide on the back

  • Travel on the back from 10m

  • Travel on the front for 10m

  • Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position

  • Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position

  • Swim for 5m on the front and back

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