Learn to Swim Companion

A guide to the Learn to Swim Programme


Adult Learn to Swim Awards

All Awards

If you are serious about your swimming then there are four Adult Learn to Swim Awards to work towards. These reflect the four Stages of the Adult Swimming Framework.

The four Adult Learn to Swim Awards

  1. Be Water Confident – this Award is about gaining the confidence to enter the pool safely. It also covers the ability to move around the pool with confidence and to achieve basic core aquatic skills. These are entries, exits, buoyancy, balance and aquatic breathing.
  2. Be a Swimmer – by the time you earn this Award you will have the necessary skills to start swimming independently over short distances (5 to 10 metres). You won’t need support or swimming aids.
  3. Be a Better Swimmer – by this point you’ll be able to swim up to 400 metres independently. You’ll also have the confidence to try other pool activities, such as Aquacise or lane swimming.
  4. Be a Master Swimmer – gaining this Award means you can confidently enter the Masters section of a swimming club (find more on Masters swimming here). It’s about more advanced swimming skills to enable you to compete.

Adult Learn to Swim Awards Core Skills

As you work through each of these four stages you will focus on developing the follow key skills:

  • Entries and exits
  • Treading water
  • Rotation and orientation
  • Streamlining
  • Aquatic breathing
  • Sculling
  • Travel and coordination
  • Floatation
  • Stamina
  • Submersion
  • Water safety

It’s a good idea to talk to your swimming teacher before you start about what you want to get out of lessons.

Although each of the four stages has a number of outcomes, not all outcomes will need to be achieved to move onto the next stage; as they are not compulsory. Click here to download the full list of Adult Swimming Framework outcomes.

Adult learn to swim is about flexibility. The swimming teacher will select the required outcomes based your individual goals.

Don’t miss our learner blogs written by other swimmers who have recently taken part in Adult Swimming lessons.