Swim England Learn to Swim Awards – an overview for swimming teachers

The Swim England Learn to Swim Awards will support you in delivering the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.

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

Did you know?

Our awards were designed with the help of children. They told us want they wanted and we created them. We’re confident that children will want to collect them all!

Types of Awards

Our awards are broken into two types: core and complementary awards. Core awards are the cornerstone of the swimmer’s journey.

Our Core Awards
Swim England Learn to Swim Level 8 certificateSwim England Discovery Duckling Certificate and badgeSwim England Duckling 1 certificate and badgeSwim England Learn to Swim certificate and badge

Sitting alongside core awards are over 100 complementary awards for children and adults. These offer teachers the opportunity to reward swimmers for achieving a specific part of a core award.

They can be offered as a motivational tool to help a swimmer who has been stuck at the same core Award for some time. We recommend a child receives three awards per year to maintain motivation and enjoyment from their swimming.

Example Complementary Awards
Swim England Personal Survival AwardSwim England Rainbow Distance AwardSwim England Preliminary Safety SkillsSwim England Swimming Challenge certificate and badge

Our favourite of all the Swim England Awards is the Blank or Achievement Award. This can be given for absolutely anything the teacher wants. Completing a particular skill, Star of the Week, getting changed first after the lesson – the opportunities are endless!

Swim England Awards and Outcomes

Every Swim England Award has a specific set of outcomes and criteria which must be completed before you can reward the swimmer with an Award. For example, the Puffin Award is awarded to a swimmer who can “travel 5 metres using any buoyancy aid”.

Need to purchase awards?

For the complete range of Swim England Awards available to buy head over to the Swim England shop here.

Below you can find links to our available awards and their outcomes. Some are web pages and some are PDFs to download. Simply click or tap on the outcomes to expand and reveal the links.

Pre-School Framework Outcomes

Pre-School Framework

Learn to Swim Framework Outcomes

Learn to Swim Framework

Aquatic Skills Framework Outcomes

Aquatic Skills Framework

Adult Swimming Framework Outcomes

Adult Swimming Framework

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