Learn to Swim

A guide to the Learn to Swim Programme

Learn to Swim games - Rocket Ships

Rocket Ships adds an extra element of fun to the important skill of push and glides.

How to play Rocket Ships

Effective push and glides are the foundations of streamlining in the water and learning the four strokes.

During Rocket Ships, a child pushes off from poolside and glides as far as possible.

As they progress through the Learn to Swim Stage Awards, they can introduce a leg kick and arm action before rotating 180 degrees to return to poolside.

Learn to Swim Rocket Ships video

Click or tap play below to watch a video explaining how to play Rocket Ships.

Explore the Swim England Learn to Swim companion

Want to know more about learning to swim with the Swim England Learn to Swim Stages? Use the links below:

  • Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards – the Swim England Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children.
  • The My Learn to Swim App – bring the fun of swimming lessons home and celebrate your children collecting their Awards. Unlock characters and stickers to use in this mobile and tablet app.
  • Disney Family Fun Sessions – join in the fun of a Disney-inspired swimming session, delivered by trained activators. Sessions are taking place throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Find a pool – not sure where your local pool is or what facilities there are? Head to our Poolfinder to search for your local pool.