Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 1 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.


At this stage children learn buoyancy through a range of skills, refining their kicking technique for all strokes and swimming 10 metres to ASA standard.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy

  • Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds

  • Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface

  • Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor

  • Kick 10m backstroke (one item of equipment optional)

  • Kick 10m front crawl (one item of equipment optional)

  • Kick 10m butterfly on the front or on the back

  • Kick 10m breastroke on the back (equipment optional)

  • Kick 10m breastroke on the front (equipment optional)

  • Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position.

  • Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto front

  • Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back

  • Swim 25m front and back

  • Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water


Stage 4 - Prelim Safety Award

 (No aids to be used throughout)

  • Enter water with a swivel entry, walk 5m away from the side, turn through 1800 and return to the side

  • Jump into shoulder depth water, turn to hold the side, travel hand over hand to the steps and climb out

  • Enter the water if at least full reach depth with swivel entry, hold the side with one hand, release the hand and tread water for 10 seconds, exit the water

  • Travel 5m on the front, rotate onto the back and kick 5m to the side, fully submerge the head showing confidence and control-preliminary safety award


*Travel is any means of moving independently around the pool with feet off the bottom

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