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Aqualearn stages and awards


As your child progresses through the swimmer's journey their achievements are recognised and rewarded with the following awards.

Please note that some of the award activities will depend on the pool that is being used. Age range is given as guidance only and may vary.

Aquababies (0 - 6 months)

Introduce your baby to water, movement and water games (parent is in the water). This will take you through stages one and two of the Swim England Discovery Ducklings awards.

Aquatots (babies and toddlers)

Aquatots 1 (7-23 months)

Development of water skills and water confidence (parent is in the water). This will take you from stage one to four of the Swim England Discovery Ducklings awards.

Aquatots 2 (2 - 3 years)

Continued development of water skills and independent water confidence (parent is in the water). This will take you from stage one to four of the Swim England Discovery Ducklings awards.

Aquatots 3 (3 - 4 years)

Continued development of water skills and independent water confidence (parent is not in the water). This will take you from stage one to four of the Swim England Ducklings awards.

Aquakids (4 to 12 years)

Aquakids stage 1

Develop water safety awareness, basic movement and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as armbands and floats. This will take you through stage 1 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquakids stage 2

Focuses on safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, rotation, travel on the front and back up to a distance of 5m. Swimmers may use aids such as armbands and floats. This will take you through stage 2 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquakids stage 3

Progressing an understanding of water safety. Travelling up to 10m on the front and back without the use of arm bands or floats and an introduction to submerging. This will take you through stage 3 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquakids stage 4

Developing buoyancy through a range of skills. The kicking technique is refined for all strokes. The swimmer has to swim 10m of any stroke to a good standard. Further water safety skills. This will take you through stage 4 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquakids stage 5

During this step swimmers develop 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills. They perform all strokes including front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly for 10m to a good standard. This will take you through stage 5 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquakids stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills, including coordinated breathing, across all strokes. Learners will be able to swim a distance of 25m using a choice of stroke. This will take you through stage 6 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquakids stage 7

Developing quality stroke techniques up to 100m incorporating the skills they have learned. They also complete an obstacle course combining skills learnt through the previous steps. This will take you through stage 7 of the Learn to Swim stage 1-7 awards.

Aquayouth (8 years and above)

A youth club style session for children aged 8 years and over, who wish to continue their swimming in a non-competitive type session. Discipline tasters (for example including competition, diving, synchro, water polo and lifesaving) will be included in the sessions. 

Rookie Lifeguard

A fun and interactive session learning basic lifesaving skills. Progression from this includes achieving their National Pool Lifeguard, which can provide career progression too. Stages include:

  • Rookie Lifeguard  (8+ years)
  • Save and Survive (13+ years)
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) (16+ years)

Rookie and Save and Survive awards include:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

Swimming clubs

If your child wishes to get involved in competitive aquatics then there are various Swimming clubs across the county.

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