Learn to Swim

As a new club formed by a merger of two highly successful Telford clubs, we have a great deal of experience providing swimming lessons and and coaching for swimmers of all ability in the Telford and Shropshire area. Swimmers can join from the age of 5 years upwards (there is no upper limit).
We teach the full range of stages from 1 (non swimmers) through to stage 10, and then swimmers can go on to join the squad. As part of this we also offer the ASA Competitive Start Award.

Initial swimming lessons in stages 1 – 10 are conveniently timed on a Friday evening with sessions from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Oakengates Leisure Centre, and as swimmers progress additional and alternative sessions become open to them.

Please find below information regarding the different stages on our Learn to Swim programme. After an initial assessment, swimmers will be placed in the most appropriate stage from the list below.

 

Stage 1

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 & 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

1. Jump in from poolside safely.
2. Blow bubbles at least 3 times rhythmically with nose & 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 & glide on the back.
6. Push from wall & 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

1. Jump in from poolside and submerge. (min depth. 0.9)
2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position.
3. Push & glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back.
4. Push & 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 3 questions on the Water Safety Code.
8. Travel 10 metres on the back.
9. Travel 10 metres on the front.

 

Stage 4

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

 

Stage 5

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. Consider safety requirements regarding depth..
5. Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water, consider safety                                               requirements regarding depth.
6. Swim 10 metres Backstroke, refer to ASA Expected Standards.
7. Swim 10 metres Front crawl face in the water, refer to ASA Expected
Standards.
8. Swim 10 metres Breaststroke, refer to ASA Expected Standards.
9. Swim 10 metres Butterfly, refer to ASA Expected Standards.
10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds,
consider safety requirements regarding depth.
11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water,
consider safety requirements regarding depth.
12. Demonstrate an action for getting help.

 

Stage 6

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 Front crawl.
4. Swim 10 metres with clothes on.
5. Swim Front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths.
6. Swim Breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths,
refer to ASA Expected Standards.
7. Swim Butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths,
refer to ASA Expected Standards.
8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional,
refer to ASA Expected Standards.
9. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue. Refer to ASA Expected Standards.
10. Perform a surface dive. Water must be full reach height or min 1.85m depth.

 

Stage 7

1. Swim 25 metres Backstroke. Refer to ASA Expected Standards.
2. Swim 25 metres Front Crawl. Refer to ASA Expected Standards.
3. Swim 25 metres Breaststroke. Refer to ASA Expected Standards.
4. Swim 25 metres Butterfly. Refer to ASA Expected Standards.
5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of 3
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, mushroom, create own;
• Eggbeater – moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills.

With strokes and sculls:-
6. Perform a sitting dive (check deep water issues), consider safety
regarding depth and ability for diving in, minimum depth 1.85m
7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke,
refer to ASA Expected Standards.
8. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of 3 strokes,
refer to ASA Expected Standards.
9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds.
10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of 4 objects) with feet
off the bottom throughout.

 

Stage 8

1. Complete a set lasting 400m (16 x 25m) on a specific turn-around time set
by the coach. (E.g. 1.00 min for each 25m)
2. Swim 400m continuously using one stroke.
3. Kick 25m Backstroke with/without* using a board – *swimmer’s choice.
4. Kick 25m Breaststroke with/without* using a board – *swimmer’s choice.
5. Kick 25m Butterfly with/without* using a board – *swimmer’s choice.
6. Kick 25m Front crawl with/without* using a board – *swimmer’s choice.
7. Perform a Backstroke turn from 10m in to 15m out
to ASA Expected Standards.
8. Perform a Breaststroke turn from 10m in to 15m out
to ASA Expected Standards.
9. Perform a Butterfly turn from 10m in to 15m out to ASA Expected Standards.
10. Perform a Front crawl turn from 10m in to 15m out
to ASA Expected Standards.

 

Stage 9

1. Complete a set lasting 800m
(E.g. Either 16 x 50m; 8 x 100m; 4 x 200m) on a specific turn around time set
by the coach (E.g. 1.30min for 50m’s; 2.45min for 100m’s; 6.00min for 200m’s)
2. Swim 800m continuously choosing one stroke.
3. Swim a continuous 100m IM 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 Front crawl 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.
7. Perform a Backstroke start, under water kick either Backstroke or Butterfly in
streamlined position and transfer into stroke before 15m and complete the
remainder of the 25m.
8. 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.
9. Perform a Breaststroke start, perform a legal underwater pull and transition
stroke, then, transfer into full stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m.

 

Stage 10

1. Complete a set lasting 1600m (either 16 x 100m; 8 x 200m; 4 x 400m) on
a specific timed turn around set by the coach. (e.g. 2.30min for 100m’s; 5.30min for 200m’s; 12min for 400m’s)
2. Swim 1500m continuously choosing one stroke.
3. Perform a continuous 100m IM kick without using a kick board.
4. Swim a continuous 200m IM using legal turns.
5. Perform a 15m under water Butterfly kick on back or front in a Streamline
Position.
6. Perform a Front crawl relay take over – as an incoming Swimmer.
7. Perform a Front crawl relay take over – as an outgoing Swimmer.