Progression & Awards
For our S4 Teaching Groups (children aged 5+), we follow the Swim England National Plan, stages 1 - 7,
from Octopus to Goldfish to Angelfish and finally to Sharks.
The main focus here will be on children building
their confidence further, with additional emphasis placed on propulsive movement. Before progressing
to the next group children must demonstrate a basic over arm action on both frontcrawl & backstroke,
and a simultaneous kick action on breastroke & butterly.
Once children reach goldfish level swimming, the main emphasis turns to technique introduction. In
this group children will learn the basics on breaststroke, frontcrawl & backstroke paying greater
attention to detail (turning the head to breathe, turning feet out on breaststroke, & little finger
entry on backstroke). Butterfly kick will still be the major emphasis on this stroke progressing to
dolphin shape (rhythm & timing).
To progress to angelfish groups children must demonstrate frontcrawl showing continuous correct
breathing patterns. The backstroke & breaststroke arm action must be demonstrated correctly and rhythm
and timing must be evident on butterfly (no arms at this stage). The main emphasis in angelfish groups
will be technique developement (bent arm pull on backstroke, timing on breaststroke & an introduction
to butterfly arms).
At shark level children can slowly start to increase the distance on frontcrawl, backstroke &
breaststroke. Stamina building will only be introduced when the child is performing correct technique.
The main emphasis here will be on advanced technique with a lot of focus on stroke length on breaststroke
& frontcrawl, and rhythm & timing on backstroke & butterfly.
S6 Swim Squad
Entry into the S6 Squad is by invitation only. Decisions will be made by the head coach in communication
with the instructors. Sessions are 1-hour in duration and the main emphasis is an introduction to speed
& stamina swimming and race skills (dives/turns/finishes on all strokes).
For our S6 Swim Squad we follow the Swim England Stage 8 Award. This incorporates many coaching
based criteria. We also adopt the A.S.A National Speed Awards in all four swimming strokes. Bronze,
silver and gold speed awards are based on target times to achieve.