Learn to Swim Companion

A guide for parents and learners

Speed Awards

All Awards

The Speed Awards cover all four strokes with Bronze, Silver and Gold Award categories.

The qualification table is listed below. This shows what a swimmer has to do to secure the Award. It allows for different pool lengths.

If a child achieves a Gold from the Speed Awards this is a good indication that he or she is potentially of a club standard.

The child and the child’s parents or guardians should be encouraged to ask the swimming teacher about joining a local club for further development.

Speed Awards Time Targets

The times below are in seconds and are the time for swimming a single length of a pool in the different strokes: Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.

20 Yards20 Metres25 Yards25 Metres
BRONZE
Front Crawl16.318.22123.5
Backstroke18.820.924.327.0
Breaststroke20.722.926.729.4
Butterfly17.920.623.125.6
SILVER
Front Crawl14.616.218.821.0
Backstroke17.219.122.224.7
Breaststroke19.120.924.727.2
Butterfly16.217.821.023.2
GOLD
Front Crawl12.814.116.518.3
Backstroke15.116.719.521.5
Breaststroke16.718.521.523.8
Butterfly14.115.618.220.3

Teachers should be aware of the dangers of diving into shallow water. The Swim England Competitive Start Awards provide additional advice and guidance.

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