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The Rainbow Distance Stroke Awards

There are 12 Rainbow Distance Stroke Awards that complement the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. They focus on the technique of all four strokes…

  1. Front crawl
  2. Breaststroke
  3. Backstroke
  4. Butterfly

…over three distances; 5 metres, 10 metres and 25 metres. These Awards offer swimmers a further challenge after they have attained the Rainbow Distance Awards. The video below explains the Awards in more detail and states how they can be used to support and motivate swimmers through your Learn to Swim Programme.

Why should we deliver the Rainbow Distance Stroke Awards as part of our lessons programme?

It is vital that swimmers develop correct stroke techniques as early as possible and the Rainbow Distance Stroke Awards can be used to reward and encourage the development of good standards and ensure Swim England Expected Standards are met across each of the four recognised swimming strokes.

These Awards also help to keep swimmers motivated and engaged, especially as swimmers often take longer to achieve the later stages of the Learn to Swim Programme.

Here’s why Tom Frost from Gedling Borough Council delivers the Rainbow Distance Stroke Awards across their Learn to Swim Programme…

“We love the Awards and highly recommend them.

“They’re a great guideline for us, they’re a great guideline for the kids and they’re a great guideline for the parents. Rather than just the standard distance, it’s working early on those [Swim England] expected standards.

The kids absolutely love these Awards, they’re straight over to Mum and Dad or their guardian, showing off with their certificate and badge.”

▶️ Watch our Stages 4-7 video to get tips on how you can motivate and retain your learners through to Stage 7 of your Learn to Swim Programme.

Interested in implementing the Rainbow Distance Stroke Awards into your lessons programme? Below are a variety of options of where you can go next to find out more…

📧 Email learntoswim@swimming.org to enquire about how to integrate these Awards into your swimming lesson programme.

🛒 Visit the Swim England webshop to view these Awards

❓ Want to shout about any Awards that form part of your swimming lesson programme? Email us at learntoswim@swimming.org to feature in our Awards video series!