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Level 1 is geared towards developing water confidence and basic movement skills in
the early years. Non-
During this stage, children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100 metres incorporating
the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They
also successfully complete an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished
through stages 1-
Once the swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident,
competent and safe in the water through stages 1-
Stages 8, 9 and 10 of the NPTS are discipline specific and have synergy with the grass roots programmes developed by the disciplines to support the individual sports. These disciplines enable swimmers to have Fun and try the following aquatic sports: competitive swimming, synchronized swimming (AquaFUN), Diving (Flip N Fun), Water Polo (Mini Polo) and Rookie Lifeguard. These may lead swimmers to joining competitive clubs or having fun in the water for a healthy lifestyle.
Swimmers will also have the opportunity to complete Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours Challenge awards and also Personal survival awards. Click here for more information about Synchronized swimming classes
Pupils are taught to develop safe entry into the water, basic floating, swimming on their front and back and other skills. Swimmers are also allowed floats and arm bands at this stage.
A progression of the skills developed in level 2 to include submersion, travelling up to 10 metres on their front and back, body rotation skills and development of water safety knowledge. Pupils are encouraged to swim without aids.
This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills and refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer also has to swim 10 metres to a standard directed by the ASA.
During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and complete body rotation. They also perform all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to a standard provided by the ASA within the NPTS resources.
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