SPLASH 1

For adults accompanying a baby or toddler in the water. Recommended for 4 months to 18 months, though older toddlers will also benefit from this award.

Aims

1 Adult and child are safe while in the water, and when getting in and out of the pool

2 Adult and child develop confidence in the water

3 Adult learns a number of support holds

4 Adult encourages child to move in and through the water

Outcomes

1 Get safely into shallow water with the child
Enter the water safely using a method suitable for the particular swimming pool following Health & Safety guidelines.

2 Support the child on their front in the pool
Support the child on their front, using 3 different positions:front support, cheek to cheek and shoulder support

3 Support the child on their back in the pool
Support the child on their back, using 3 different positions:front support, cheek to cheek and shoulder support

4 Demonstrate the ‘yolk’ vertical support
Support the child vertically using the ‘yolk’ position.

5 Pass the child from one hand to the other
Hold the child vertically in the water and pass the child from one hand to the other.

6 Turn the child from front to back
Turn the child safely from front to back while they are in the water.

7 Let the child float independently with suitable aids
With a suitable swimming aid secured to the child, let go of them and allow them to float in the water.

8 Exit the pool safely with the child
Get out of the water safely using a method suitable for the particular swimming pool following Health

 

 

SPLASH 2

For adults accompanying a baby or toddler in the water. Recommended for 4 months to 18 months, though older toddlers will also benefit from this award.

Aims

1 Adult helps child get into and out of the pool in different ways

2 Adult and child improve their confidence in the water

3 Adult learns support holds that enable child to move through the water

4 Child starts to move independently through the water

Outcomes

1 Child gets into the pool safely, with assistance, using 3 different methods
With help from the adult who is already in the water, the child gets into the pool by the following methods:

• sitting on the edge and swivelling into the water

• sitting on the edge and falling forward into the water towards the adult

• walking down the steps

2 Adult tows the child on their front and back
With outstretched arms, the adult supports the child in the ‘yolk’ position and tows the child through the water. The child should lie as flat as possible and be encouraged to kick their legs. The adult should give minimal support.

3 Adult holds the child on their front ready for swimming
The adult uses two hands to hold the child in the water, alongside them. The child’s arms should be free to encourage movement.

4 Adult trickles water over the child
Adult gently trickles water over the child’s head and face.

5 Child blows bubbles
Child puts their face in the water, so that the mouth and nose are submerged, and blows bubbles.

6 Child floats with aids on their front and back
Using a suitable swimming aid the child floats in the water on their front and back.

7 Child moves in the water, with aids
Using swimming aids, the child lies on their front or back and uses arms and legs to move in the water, with no help from the adult.

8 Child gets out of the pool using the steps
With or without help from the adult, the child gets out of the pool by climbing up the steps or by using an appropriate exit route for that particular swimming pool.

9 Adult submerges the child in the water
Holding the child safely in any position, the adult gently lowers the child under water to a depth of no more than 30cm/1ft.

 

 

SPLASH 3

For a toddler accompanied in the water by an adult. Recommended for age 2 or under, though older children will also benefit from this award.

Aims

1 Child gets into and out of the pool independently

2 Child starts to learn how to use swimming aids and other pool equipment

3 Adult and child continue to improve their confidence in the water

4 Child starts to swim independently

Outcomes

1 Child gets into the pool safely using 2 different methods
Assisted by the adult who is already in the water, the child jumps into the water from poolside.  Without help, the child gets into the pool by using the steps.

2 Child moves 2m along the pool wall/rail, using aids
Using swimming aids but without adult assistance, the child moves 2 metres along the edge of the pool by holding onto the pool wall/rail and passing one hand over the other hand (monkeying).

3 Child glides from adult to the pool wall, with or without aids
Adult supports the child up to 3 metres away from the edge of the pool then encourages the child to push away and the child glides to the wall, using swimming aids if required.

4 Child kicks on front, with aid and adult support
Adult supports the child on their front as they hold a float and kick their legs.

5 Child does front or back paddle for 5m, with aids
Child swims on front or back for 5 metres, with swimming aids

6 Child exits the pool independently
Without help from the adult, the child gets out of the pool by climbing out over poolside, by using the steps or by using an appropriate exit route for that particular swimming pool.

 

 

SPLASH 4

For a toddler accompanied in the water by an adult. Recommended for 18 months to 3 years, though younger and older children will also benefit from this award.

Aims

1 Child learns how to float and turn in the water

2 Child starts learning how to breath in the water

3 Adult and child gain greater confidence in the water

4 Adult learns how to support their child to encourage swimming

Outcomes

1 Child gets into the pool, without adult assistance
Child gets into the pool safely, without adult assistance.

2 Child moves 2m with aids if needed, without adult assistance
Using arms and legs, the child moves 2 metres through the water, with aids if needed but without adult assistance.

3 Child blows a floating object 2m
Child blows a floating object 2 metres across the water.

4 Child is confident with water being showered over their head
Child displays confidence when adult gently pours water over the child’s head.

5 Child floats on front or back
With adult support, child floats on front or back.

6 Child kicks on front or back for 5m
With adult support or swimming aids if needed, child kicks on front or back for a distance of 5 metres.

7 Child turns around 180°
Without adult help but with swimming aids if needed, child turns around 180° vertically in the water.

8 Child moves 5m along the pool wall/rail
Using swimming aids but without adult assistance, the child moves 5 metres along the edge of the pool by holding onto the pool wall/rail and passing one hand over the other hand (monkeying).

 

 

SPLASH 5

For a toddler accompanied in the water by an adult. Recommended for 18 months to 3 years, though younger and older children will also benefit from this award.

Aims

1 Child jumps into the pool

2 Child improves floating, gliding and breathing techniques

3 Child swims on front and back, with swimming aids

4 Adult needs to offer very little assistance to their child

Outcomes

1 Child jumps into the pool (minimum depth 0.9m)
Supervised by the adult who is already in the water, the child jumps into the water (minimum recommended depth of 0.9m) from poolside.

2 Child floats on front or back, with aids if needed
Without adult support but with swimming aids, if needed,child floats on their front or back.

3 Child glides towards the adult Child starts at the pool wall, pushes away and glides with arms stretched out in front, towards the adult who is standing 2 metres away.

4 Child moves 3m on front, with aids
Without adult assistance but with swimming aids if needed, child uses arms and legs to move 3 metres through the water on their front.

5 Child kicks 5m on front, with aids
Without adult assistance but with swimming aids if needed, child moves 5 metres on their front by kicking.

6 Child moves 3m on back, with aids
Without adult assistance but with swimming aids if needed, child uses arms and legs to move 3 metres through the water on their back.

7 Child exits the pool independently
Without assistance, child gets out of the pool safely

 

SPLASH 6

For a child aged 3 years or older, unaccompanied in the water

Aims

1 Child is confident in the water without an adult

2 Child improves floating, gliding and breathing techniques

3 Child starts to learn basic arm and leg movements to move in the water

Outcomes

1 Get into pool safely from sitting position
Child uses a sit and swivel method to get into the pool.

2 Jump into pool (at least 0.9m deep) safely
Child jumps independently into water (at least 0.9 metres deep) with or without swimming aids.

3 Blow bubbles with mouth and nose in water
Child puts his mouth and nose in the water and blows bubbles.

4 Regain standing position
From a horizontal floating position, child moves into a standing position. If water is too deep, child should move into a vertical position without their feet touching the pool floor.

5 Float on front or back for 5 seconds, without aids
Without swimming aids, child floats on their front or back for 5 seconds.

6 Perform front crawl kick for 10m, with aids
With a swimming aid, child kicks for 10 metres using front crawl leg kick.

7 Perform front paddle for 10m, with aids
With a swimming aid if needed, child uses arms and legs to move 10 metres, using front paddle/front crawl.

8 Perform dolphin kick for 5m, with aids
With a swimming aid if needed, child kicks for 5 metres using dolphin kick – when both legs move simultaneously.

9 Push and glide away from the pool wall
Child pushes forwards, away from the wall and glides, with arms stretched out in front.

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