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Advanced Aquatic Swimming Lessons

Following stage 7 of our Learn To Swim programme we have a number of different aquatic disciplines on offer to choose from.

You can continue your swimming journey once you've completed level 7 with Stages 8-10 of Swim England's Learn to Swim.

Choose from competitive swimming or water polo.

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Our aquatic skills swimming lessons are just £28.50 (paid monthly by direct debit).


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Swimming Award Criteria

Learn to Swim Stages 8 Swimming

By completing this Award you will be able to: 

  • Complete a set lasting 400 metres (e.g. 16 x 25 metres, 8 x 50 metres, 4 x 100 metres) on a specific turnaround time agreed by the teacher or coach (e.g. 1.00 minutes for each 25 metres) with a focus on stroke technique and consistency.
  • Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres backstroke with or without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres breaststroke with or without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres butterfly without using a board.
  • Push and streamline then kick 25 metres front crawl with or without using a board.
  • Perform a backstroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a breaststroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a butterfly turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a front crawl turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out.
  • Perform a dive track or grab start, and kick butterfly underwater in a streamlined position for 5 metres with the focus on progressing it to 10 metres.*

*Delivery will depend on the pool design and facilities available.

Learn to Swim Stages 9 Swimming

By completing this Award you will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 800 metres (either 16 x 50 metres, 8 x 100 metres, 4 x 200 metres) on a specific turnaround time agreed by the teacher or coach (e.g. 1.30 minutes for 50 metres) with a focus on stroke technique and consistency.
  • Swim 800 metres continuously using one stroke.
  • Swim a continuous 100 metre individual medley (4 x 25 metres) using recognised turns with a focus on stroke technique and consistency.
  • Perform a 15 metre underwater kick on front from a push and glide in a streamlined position.
  • Perform a backstroke start then butterfly kick in a streamlined position underwater up to a maximum of 15 metres from the start point (wall). Transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*
  • Perform a front crawl start then kick in a streamlined position underwater up to a maximum of 15 metres from the start point (wall). Transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*
  • Perform a butterfly start then kick in a streamlined position up to a maximum of 15 metres from the start point (wall). Transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*
  • Perform a breaststroke start then perform a one and a half pull underwater. Transfer into stroke and complete the remainder of the 25 metres.*

*Delivery will depend on the pool design and facilities available.

Learn to Swim Stages 10 Swimming

By completing this Award you will be able to:

  • Complete a set lasting 1600 metres (either 16 x 100 metres, 8 x 200 metres, 4 x 400 metres) on a specific timed turnaround set by the teacher or coach (e.g. 2.30 minutes for 100 metres), focus on stroke technique and consistency.
  • Swim 1500 metres continuously using one stroke.
  • Perform a continuous 100 metre individual medley kick (4 x 25 metres) without using a kick board.
  • Swim a continuous 200 metre individual medley (4 x 50 metres) using recognised turns.
  • Perform a front crawl relay take over – as an incoming swimmer.
  • Perform a front crawl relay take over – as an outgoing swimmer.

Water Polo Award Criteria

Learn to Swim Stages 8 Water Polo

By completing this Award, learners should be able to perform:

  • Tread water vertically and comfortably for 30 seconds, using eggbeater kick.
  • Maintain a vertical position whilst moving forwards, backwards, left and right, using sculling and eggbeater kick for 5 metres.
  • Maintain a horizontal position whilst moving forwards, backwards, left and right, using sculling and eggbeater kick for 5 metres.
  • Perform 5 metre horizontal lateral slides, to the right, return to centre and then left and return to centre.
  • Swim 5 metres head up front crawl.
  • Swim forwards 5 metres whilst controlling a ball in front.
  • In vertical eggbeater, pick up the ball from underneath the surface with alternate hands into a throwing position.
  • Hold a tripod position, with a ball, for 30 seconds.
  • Play a simple water polo game, score by placing ball on the side of the pool and demonstrate skills learnt during this stage.

Learn to Swim Stages 9 Water Polo

By completing this Award, learners should be able to perform:

  • Swim 5 metres head up front crawl, change direction 90 degrees left, swim 5 metres change direction 90 degrees right.
  • Swim 5 metres head up front crawl, change direction through 180 degrees, swim 5 metres.
  • Swim 5 metres water polo backstroke.
  • Swim 5 metres water polo head up front crawl, turn onto back, continue in same direction for 5 metres and turn back onto front and swim 5 metres.
  • Swim 5 metres head up front crawl with breaststroke legs.
  • Pass and catch a ball accurately with a partner, with one hand, over a 3 metre distance while maintaining a strong body position.
  • Swim 10 metres head up front crawl, receive a ball on the water, and continue to swim whilst controlling the ball.
  • Swim 5 metres with a ball, pass ball to target, and continue to swim 5 metres.
  • Pick up a ball, shoot at a target from a 2 metre distance and repeat five times. The target may be a player, kick board, plastic bottles, etc.
  • Play a simplified water polo game, score by hitting a target on the side of the pool or some other adaptation and demonstrate skills learnt during this stage and in Learn to Swim Stage 8 Water Polo.

Learn to Swim Stages 10 Water Polo

By completing this Award, learners should be able to perform:

  • Swim 5 metres, receive a ball on the water, control the ball in front for 5 metres, change direction one way, swim 5 metres, change direction the opposite way, swim 5 metres and then pass to a partner.
  • Pick up a ball, shoot at a target five times from a 2 metre distance, using an off-water shot. The target may be a kick board, plastic bottles, a player or into a goal.
  • Jump vertically, sideways and forwards.
  • Jump ½ turn and pass ball while on back.
  • Marking during game-play situation.
  • Understand concepts of long walking and short walking and when to apply in a game situation.
  • Play a water polo game, with full rules and goals, and demonstrate skills learnt during this stage and in Learn to Swim Stages 8 and 9 Water Polo, showing good technique throughout.