Swimming Lessons in Oxford.
Stages of the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming
Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
Towards the end of the stage we will be expecting travel on the front and back unaided.
Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
Towards the end of this stage we will be expecting swimming front and back for 5mrs and an understanding of breaststroke legs.
Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.
Towards the end of this stage we will be expecting swimming on the front for 10mrs without stress, swim 10mrs on the back without stress and an understanding of the positioning of arms and feet for breaststroke.
Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.
Towards the end of this stage we will be expecting swimming 25mrs front crawl, arms over the water without stress, 25mrs back crawl with arms without stress, jump in to deep water, tread water, swim though hoop and pick up brick in 1.2mrs depth.
Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA.
Toward the end of this stage we will be expecting 50mrs front crawl efficient stroke, 50mrs back crawl efficient stroke, 50 mrs breast stroke efficient stroke, swim 5mrs underwater.
Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.
Toward the end of this stage we will be expecting 100mrs efficient front and back crawl, 100mrs efficient breaststroke, 25mrs efficient butterfly, pick up a brick after surface dive.
Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 – 7.
Toward the end of this stage we will be expecting swimming of 2 efficient strokes over 400mrs.
Once the Swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in water through Stages 1 – 7, the Swimmer may then have the choice to take part in different aquatic disciplines. FUNDAMENTAL SPORT SKILLS, STAGES 8 – 10 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming are available in competitive swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and rookie lifesaving.
Our own lane for children who do not wish to work toward competitive swimming. This group works on bringing strokes to an acceptable standard and skills that will prepare them for the future and possibly Rookie Lifeguard, Mini Water Polo, or Synchro.
As a result of completing ALL the outcomes detailed within each Stage of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming, a set of awards are available, called the ASA ‘National Plan Awards
All our stages will be identified by sea-life related names:
- Stage 1 / 2 Starfish, yellow hats;
- Stage 3 / 4 Seahorses, powder blue hats;
- Stage 5 Octopus, red hats;
- Stage 6, Dolphins, dark blue hats;
- Stage 7, Stingrays green hats.
After this all stages and disciplines will be White hats.
Hat will be provided free of charge when a child enters he swim school or progresses to the next stage. Lost or damaged hats can be replaced and will be available for sale from reception. Whilst we cannot insist children wear hats it is recommended for safety and hygiene reasons.