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Competitive Swimming

Once a swimmer has reached Level 7 of the Learn to Swim Framework it is recommended that they are then encouraged to take part in different aquatic disciplines to develop their fundamental sports skills. Read on to learn more.

Stage 8 outcomes

By the end of Stage 8 (Competitive Swimming) of the Learn to Swim Framework, powered by British Gas, your pupils should have reached 10 outcomes relating to turns:

1. Complete a set lasting 400m (e.g.16 x 25m) on a specific turn around 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 front crawl 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 front crawl turn from 10m in to 15m out

Awards

Don't forget a child who can complete all of these outcomes is eligible for a Kellogg's ASA Rainbow Distance Award for 400m, the Kellogg's ASA Swimming Stroke Awards and the Kellogg's ASA Swimming Challenge Award – Silver Challenge.

Stage 9 outcomes

By the end of Stage 9 (Competitive Swimming) of the Learn to Swim Framework, powered by British Gas, your pupils should have reached 8 outcomes relating to starts:

1. Complete a set lasting 800m (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; 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 front crawl 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

Awards that complement Stage 9 (competitive swimming) include the Kellogg's ASA Rainbow Distance Award for 800m, the Kellogg's ASA Swimming Stroke Awards and the Kellogg's ASA Swimming Challenge Award – Gold Challenge.

Stage 10 outcomes

By the end of Stage 10 (Competitive Swimming) of the Learn to Swim Framework, powered by British Gas, your pupils should have reached 7 outcomes relating to relay takeovers:

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; 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 front crawl relay take over: - as an incoming swimmer
7. Perform a front crawl relay take over: - as an outgoing swimmer

Think about using the Kellogg's ASA Rainbow Distance Award for 1,500m, the Kellogg's ASA Swimming Stroke Awards and the Kellogg's ASA Swimming Challenge Award – Honours Challenge to round off the swimmer's pathway through the LTS.

Tips for Stages 8, 9 and 10

To assist with the delivery of stages 8, 9 and 10 the ASA has developed LTS CPDs specific to each discipline and it is recommended teachers delivering these levels attend the appropriate CPDs. The ASA also encourages partnership working with ASA swim21 Accredited clubs in the relevant disciplines to support delivery and to provide structured exit routes for swimmers.

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If you are looking for the most relevant information about how to deliver the LTS then make sure you read the Teacher's Complete Frameworks, while theiosonline offers the most up-to-date training around the LTS.

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