Swim England National Teaching Plan Stages

Stage 1

In Stage 1 the swimmer will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness.

  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  4. Move sideways for distance of 5 metres
  5. Scoop the water and wash face
  6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support
  8. Regain an upright position from on the back, with support
  9. Regain an upright position from on the front with support
  10. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
  11. Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  13. Exit the water safely

Stage 2

In Stage 2 the swimmer will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel and rotation in the water.

  1. Jump in from poolside safely
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
  3. Regain upright position from the back without support
  4. Regain an upright position from the front without support
  5. Push from wall and glide on the back
  6. Push from wall and glide on the front
  7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  8. Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position
  10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position

Stage 3

In Stage 3 the swimmer will work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back, and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9m)
  2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
  5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back.
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object
  7. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code
  8. Travel 10 metres on the back
  9. Travel 10 metres on the front

Stage 4

In Stage 4 the swimmer will focus on refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface
  4. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor
  5. Kick 10 metres Backstroke (one item of equipment optional)
  6. Kick 10 metres Frontcrawl (one item of equipment optional)
  7. Kick 10 metres Butterfly on the front or on the back
  8. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back (equipment optional)
  9. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front (equipment optional)
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional

Stage 5

In Stage 5 the swimmer will focus on swimming all four strokes to the ASA expected standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.

  1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back
  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
  4. Tread water for 30 seconds
  5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water
  6. Swim 10 metres Backstroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  7. Swim 10 metres Frontcrawl face in the water (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  8. Swim 10 metres Breaststroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  9. Swim 10 metres Butterfly (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds
  11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help

Stage 6

In Stage 6 the swimmer will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke
  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Frontcrawl
  4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes
  5. Swim Frontcrawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  6. Swim Breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  7. Swim Butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  9. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
  10. Perform a surface dive
  11. Exit the water without using steps

Stage 7

In Stage 7 the swimmer will develop quality stroke technique whilst swimming up to 100m.

  1. Swim 25 metres Backstroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  2. Swim 25 metres Frontcrawl (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  3. Swim 25 metres Breaststroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  4. Swim 25 metres Butterfly (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
  5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:
    Sculling: head first, feet first
    Rotation: forward/backward somersault, log roll
    Floating: star on the front/on the back, tuck float, create own
    Eggbeater: moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls
  6. Perform a sitting dive
  7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  8. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes
  9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout

Stage 8

At Stage 8 the swimmer will probably be invited to train with the squad to enable them to fully develop competitive swimming disciplines.

  1. Complete a set lasting 400m (e.g. 16 x 25m) on a specific turnaround time set by the coach (e.g. 1min for each 25m)
  2. Swim 400m continuously using one stroke
  3. Kick 25m Backstroke with/without using a board
  4. Kick 25m Breaststroke with/without using a board
  5. Kick 25m Butterfly without using a board
  6. Kick 25m Frontcrawl with/without using a board
  7. Perform a Backstroke turn from 10m in to 15m out
  8. Perform a Breaststroke turn from 10m in to 15m out
  9. Perform a Butterfly turn from 10m in to 15m out
  10. Perform a Frontcrawl turn from 10m in to 15m out

Stage 9

In Stage 9 the swimmer will continue to improve swim stamina and will be able to complete starts to the approved standard.

  1. Complete a set lasting 800m (either 16 x 50m; 8 x 100m; 4 x 200m) on a specific turnaround time set by the coach e.g. 1.30min for 50m; 2.45min for 100m; 6.00min for 200m
  2. Swim 800m continuously using one stroke
  3. Swim a continuous 100m Individual Medley using legal turns
  4. Perform a 15m underwater kick on front in a streamlined position
  5. Perform a Backstroke start then Butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater until 10m from the start point (wall), transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m
  6. Perform a Frontcrawl start, underwater kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10m from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m
  7. Perform a Butterfly start, kick in a streamlined position until a minimum of 10m from the start point (wall) is completed, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m
  8. Perform a Breaststroke start, perform a 1½ pull under water, transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m

Stage 10

In Stage 10 the swimmer will be fully integrated in the squad.

  1. Complete a set lasting 1600m (either 16 x 100m; 8 x 200m; 4 x 400m) on a specific timed turnaround set by the coach (e.g. 2.30min for 100m; 5.30min for 200m; 12min for 400m)
  2. Swim 1500m continuously using one stroke
  3. Perform a continuous 100m Individual Medley kick without using a kick board
  4. Swim a continuous 200m Individual Medley using legal turns
  5. Perform a 15m under water Butterfly kick on back or front in a streamlined position
  6. Perform a Frontcrawl relay takeover: as an incoming swimmer
  7. Perform a Frontcrawl relay takeover: as an outgoing swimmer
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