The ASA Learn to Swim Companion

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ASA Duckling Awards

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Duckling Awards are the next step on from the Discovery Duckling Awards.

They are designed to help toddlers enjoy learning to swim with help from their parents or guardians.

With Duckling Awards your child can work towards four different colourful awards. Each award has its own certificate, badge and sticker.

Duckling 1 will see children start to move by themselves in the water.

By Duckling 4 they will be jumping in, going underwater, floating and swimming five metres without support.

Duckling Awards are great at promoting increased independence and water confidence to help prepare for Stage 1 of the Learn to Swim Framework.

Duckling 1

By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support if required
  2. Float on back with adult support behind the head without aids
  3. Blow bubbles at the water surface
  4. Wet the head without submersion
  5. Kick five metres on back with adult support
  6. Travel without assistance two metres to a floating object
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support

Duckling 2

By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support if required
  2. Using a buoyancy aid, rotate through 180 degrees without assistance
  3. Submerge the face with confidence under adult supervision and without force
  4. Blow an object for a distance of two metres
  5. Travel three metres using arms and/or legs without assistance
  6. Move five metres along the rail or wall without assistance
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support

Duckling 3

By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support
  2. Float on front or back without adult support
  3. Show a streamlined shape on front or back when push off from a supporting adult
  4. Blow bubbles with the mouth and nose underwater
  5. Travel five metres on front to the side of the pool without assistance
  6. Kick five metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float)
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support.
  8. Climb out of the water with assistance if required.

Duckling 4

By the end of this stage your child will be able to:

  1. Jump in unaided but supervised into the water
  2. Show a mushroom or star float
  3. Rotate 360 degrees either horizontally or vertically
  4. Push and glide achieving a streamlined position on the front or back
  5. Submerge completely
  6. Travel without assistance 10 metres on the front or back
  7. Show the sequence to jump in the water, turn around, swim back to the point of entry and hold on to the side or rail
  8. Climb out of the water with assistance if required
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