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ASA Learn to Swim Awards 1-7

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The ASA Learn to Swim Awards 1-7 are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children.

They are designed to reward your child for their development of the essential aquatic skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

Each of the ASA Learn to Swim Awards 1-7 stages has a list of clear outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each award.

Learn to Swim Awards 1-7 Outcomes

Stage 1

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 1 your child should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Move forwards for a distance of five metres
  3. Move backwards for a distance of five metres
  4. Move sideways for a distance of five 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

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 2 your child should be able to:

  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 five metres, aids or equipment may be used
  8. Travel on the front for five 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

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 3 your child should be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9 metres)
  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

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 4 your child should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  2. Perform a tuck float for five 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 front crawl (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

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 5 your child should be able to:

  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 front crawl 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

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 6 your child should be able to:

  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 wearing clothes
  5. Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  6. Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  7. Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths
  8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke
  9. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
  10. Perform a surface dive
  11. Exit the water without using steps

Stage 7

At the end of the Learn to Swim Awards 1-7, Stage 7 your child should be able to:

  1. Swim 25 metres backstroke
  2. Swim 25 metres front crawl
  3. Swim 25 metres breaststroke
  4. Swim 25 metres butterfly
  5. Perform a movement sequence of one 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
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