Learn to Swim Companion

A guide for parents and learners

Adult and Child Award

The Swim England Adult and Child Award helps both you as the supporting adult and your child to enjoy swimming in safety and with confidence.

It rewards you with a certificate on achievement of six practical skills as well as completion of a short, written test on your knowledge of water safety, handling and support.

All six practical skills must be passed to achieve the Swim England Adult and Child Award and may be accumulated over a number of sessions.

A minimum of four of the questions need to be completed correctly.

Swim England Adult and Child Award Tasks

  1. Fit armbands or other buoyancy aid correctly on a child.
  2. Instruct a child who can stand for a safe preparatory position for a jumping entry.
  3. Show suitable support and manual guidance for a child who is learning to kick on the front.
  4. Show suitable support and manual guidance for a child who is learning to kick on the back.
  5. Show a basic alternating or simultaneous arm action for a child to copy.
  6. Instruct the child for an appropriate safe method of exit.

Swim England Adult and Child Award Questions

Adults need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding by answering four of the following questions chosen by the teacher:

  1. Why should minimum support be provided for a child in the water?
  2. Why should a child be drawn forwards when entering from a sitting position?
  3. Why is it important that the adult talks to the child and smiles during sessions?
  4. What is the purpose of bubble blowing activities?
  5. Why is jewellery not worn in the swimming pool?
  6. Why must a child be taught to walk, not run on the poolside?
  7. Why is it important for a child to learn to swim?
  8. How can a child be helped to develop his/her swimming after finishing the adult and child classes?
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