Wave 1

Aims

1 Develop confidence in the water

2 Be safe while in the water, and when getting in and out of the pool

3 Learn basic floating, sculling and breathing techniques

4 Start to learn front crawl, backstroke and either breaststroke or butterfly, with aids if needed

Outcomes

1 Learn the pool rules Answer correctly 3 questions on pool rules.

2 Get into, and out of, the pool safely.  Use various methods to get into the pool without help: backwards down the steps; sit and swivel from poolside; wade-in via the beach area. Use various methods to get out of the pool without help: climb up the steps; wade-out via the beach area.

3 Splash water over face – Scoop and splash water onto the face and allow water to be showered over the head, displaying confidence throughout.

4 Float on front, with aids if needed – Float on the front for at least 10 seconds with assistance or swimming aids and move from the front to a standing position in the water.

5 Float on back, with aids if needed – Float on the back for up to 10 seconds with assistance or swimming aids and move from the back to a standing position in the water.

6 Push and glide on the front – On the front, push off from the wall with face in the water and hold a glide position.

7 Swim front crawl for 5 metres, with aids if needed – Swim on the front for 5 metres, with swimming aids if needed, using front crawl arm action (an alternating action) and kicking the legs.

8 Swim breaststroke or butterfly for 5 metres, with aids if needed – Swim on the front for 5 metres, with swimming aids if needed, using breaststroke or butterfly arm action and leg kick (simultaneous actions).

9 Swim backstroke for 5 metres, with aids if needed – Swim on the back for 5 metres, with swimming aids if needed, using backstroke arm action and kicking the legs.

10 Scull in a vertical position, with aids if needed – Floating vertically or standing in the water, with hands in front of the body, demonstrate a sculling action with the hands at an angle of tilt no greater than 30°, little finger leads out, thumb leads in.

11 Play a teacher-led game in the pool – Join in a water-based game, organised by the teacher.

 

Wave 2

Aims

1 Be able to jump into the pool

2 Improve sculling, floating and breathing techniques

3 Glide in the streamlined position

4 Swim short distances of front crawl, backstroke and either breaststroke or butterfly, without aids

Outcomes

1 Jump into the water from poolside, return to the side of the pool and get out of the pool without assistance.

2 Float on the front without assistance or swimming aids.  Move from the front to a standing position in the water.

3 Float on the back without assistance or swimming aids.  Move from the back to a standing position in the water.

4 Using a swimming aid and kicking, put the face in the water and blow bubbles 4 times while moving 5 metres.

5 Push and glide on the front with arms extended and face in the water

6 On the back, push off from the wall and hold a glide position.

7 Swim on the front for 5 metres, without swimming aids, using an alternating (front crawl) arm and leg action.

8 Swim on the back for 5 metres, without swimming aids, using backstroke arm and leg action.

9 Swim on the front for 5 metres, without swimming aids, using a simultaneous (breaststroke or butterfly) arm and leg action.

10 From floating on the back, rotate to floating on the front and then return to floating on the back in one motion, completing a 360° rotation, either as a log roll or a horizontal roll.

11 Lie on the back with arms down by the sides and use the hands to move head first for 5 metres. Use swimming aids, if needed.

 

Wave 3

Aims

1 Collect an object from the pool floor

2 Improve sculling and floating

3 Learn how to tread water

4 Learn the Safe Code

5 Swim short distances of all four strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, without aids

Outcomes

1 Without wearing goggles, jump into the water (at least 0.9m deep) from poolside. Go underwater to collect a weighted object from the pool floor, then come back up and return to the side of the pool. Get out of the water without assistance.

2 With arms extended out in front, push from the wall on the front in a streamlined position for 5 seconds. Log roll onto the back and hold this position for another 5 seconds.

3 Swim 10m front crawl with a continuous over water arm recovery, kicking the legs and breathing to the side.

4 Swim 10m backstroke with a continuous over water arm recovery.

5 Swim 5m recognisable breaststroke.

6 Swim 5m recognisable butterfly.

7 Push and glide from the wall on the front, swim 5m on the front. Tuck and rotate onto the back and swim 5m back to the wall.

8 Lie on the back with arms down by the sides and use the hands (not arms) to move feet first for 5m. Use swimming aids if needed.

9 Tread water for 15 seconds using hands and any leg action. This outcome can be achieved only in a pool with sufficient depth.

10 Answer correctly 4 questions on the Safe Code.

 

Wave 4

Aims

1 Learn how to do dolphin kicks underwater

2 Learn the HELP position

3 Improve floating and treading water techniques

4 Improve the technique of all four strokes

Outcomes

1 Perform underwater dolphin kicks, 3 on the front and 3 on the back, maintaining a streamlined body position under the water.

2 Demonstrate 10 metres front crawl kick

3 Backstroke kick for 10m, with arms extended above the head in a streamlined position.

4 Swim 10 metres front crawl or backstroke (alternating stroke)

5 Demonstrate 10 metres breaststroke kick,on the front using a swimming aid if needed.

6 Demonstrate 10 metres butterfly kick, on the front

7 Swim 10 metres breaststroke or butterfly (simultaneous stroke)

8 Demonstrate the HELP** position – Place upper arms to the side of the chest with lower arms crossed on chest. Legs are close together and slightly bent. The head is tipped backwards so the body is at an angle in the water. Use a swimming aid, if needed.

9 Float on the surface, changing shape three times, to include a mushroom float – where the child tucks up into a ball and floats, face down in the water.

10 Tread water for 30 seconds using hands and any leg action. This outcome can be achieved only in a pool with sufficient depth.

 

Wave 5

Aims

1 Learn different shaped jumps

2 Learn how to do a forward somersault and a handstand in the water

3 Improve sculling and personal survival techniques

4 Swim longer distances in all four strokes, including a length (25 metres) of your favourite stroke

Outcomes

1 Show three different shaped jumps into the water (at least 1.5m deep), e.g. pencil jump, star jump, tuck jump, pike jump, ensuring that entry into the water is always feet first and vertical.

2 Swim 15 metres front crawl

3 Swim 15 metres backstroke

4 Swim 10 metres breaststroke

5 Swim 10 metres butterfly

6 Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke

7 With a partner, perform a series of sculling movements for 45 seconds, to include a rotation.

8 Tread water for 30 seconds while performing an action that will attract attention and get help. Then move into the HUDDLE position with a partner or small group, holding onto a flotation aid with heads out of the water and keeping legs straight and pressed together, to retain body heat.

9 Perform a handstand on the pool floor with legs vertical,out of the water, for 5 seconds.

10 Demonstrate a forward somersault in the water

 

Wave 6

Aims

1 Learn how to warm-up properly for exercise and why

2 Learn how to do a backward somersault, head first surface dive and sitting dive

3 Improve personal survival techniques, including swimming with clothes on

4 Swim longer distances in all four strokes, concentrating on technique

Outcomes

1 Understand principles of warm-up before exercising – Answer correctly 3 questions about warming up before exercise.

2 Swim 20 metres front crawl from an underwater push and glide

3 Start with an underwater push and glide with 3 dolphin kicks, then swim 20m backstroke.

4 Swim 15 metres breaststroke from a push and glide

5 Start with an underwater push and glide with 3 dolphin kicks, then swim 15m butterfly, including at least 3 breaths.

6 Swim 50m continuously: 25m front crawl or backstroke followed by 25m breaststroke or butterfly.

7 Swim 25 metres wearing clothes

8 Tread water for at least 1 minute. For the first 15 seconds both arms should be in the water. For the next 15 seconds lift one arm out of the water to attract attention. Then change arms for the next 15 seconds, and for the final 15 seconds have both arms raised to attract attention.

9 Push and glide away from the wall and swim any stroke for 3 strokes. Then dive, head first, to the pool bottom.  Surface and return to the pool wall.

10 Sit on poolside, feet together and against the wall, knees open, chin on chest, arms outstretched with hands on top of each other squeezing the ears. Push away from the wall in a streamlined position. Hold this position and glide forwards.

11 Demonstrate a backward somersault in the water

 

Wave 7

Aims

1 Learn how to do a plunge dive

2 Improve floating, sculling, treading water and rotation skills

3 Swim longer distances in all four strokes and swim an Individual Medley

4 Swim as part of a team in a relay race

Outcomes

1 Start with an underwater push and streamlined glide with 3 dolphin kicks, then swim 25m front crawl.

2 Start with an underwater push and streamlined glide with 3 dolphin kicks, then swim 25m backstroke.

3 Start with an underwater push, followed by arm pull underwater, then swim 20m breaststroke.

4 Start with an underwater push and streamlined glide with 3 dolphin kicks, then swim 20m butterfly.

5 Swim 100m continuously, using all 4 strokes in the following order: 25m butterfly, 25m backstroke, 25m breaststroke, 25m front crawl.

6 Swim 200 metres using at least 3 different strokes

7 Perform a plunge dive (into water at least 1.8 metres deep) Stand on poolside in diving position with feet curled around the pool edge. Bend at the hips and bend the knees. Push away from poolside from your toes, with hands entering the water first. Once in the water, glide in a streamlined position.

8 Tread water, using an egg beater leg action, while passing and catching a ball with a partner, for 30 seconds.

9 Without touching the pool floor, go through a 25m obstacle course which includes at least 4 obstacles requiring different skills.

10 In a small group, perform a sequence lasting 1 minute which includes the following skills: rotation, floating, sculling and treading water.

11 Take part in a relay race against a team of the same number.

 

Wave 8

Aims

1 Swim 25 metres of breaststroke and butterfly

2 Swim 50 metres of backstroke and front crawl

3 Improve floating, sculling, treading water and surface dive skills that are used in other aquatic disciplines

Outcomes

1 Start with an underwater push and streamlined glide with a minimum of 4 dolphin kicks, then swim 50m front crawl.

2 Start with an underwater push and streamlined glide with a minimum of 4 dolphin kicks, then swim 50m backstroke.

3 Start with an underwater push, followed by arm pull underwater, then swim 25m breaststroke.

4 Start with an underwater push and streamlined glide with a minimum of 4 dolphin kicks, then swim 25m butterfly.

5 Tread water by using sculling hands and eggbeater kick, remaining vertical and static in the pool for 20 seconds.

6 Tread water, using an eggbeater leg action, while passing and catching a ball a minimum of 6 times with a partner 2m away. Use one hand to throw the ball and two hands to catch it.

7 Hold a mushroom float for 3 seconds before stretching out to a horizontal straight position for 3 seconds.

8 POn the front, push and glide away from the wall. Then surface dive, head first, to the pool floor. Surface and return to the pool wall.

9 Lie on the back with body flat, feet together, toes pointed and arms at the sides. Move hands in a sculling action to remain stationary in the water for 3 seconds.

10 Starting at the pool wall, swim front crawl for 5m then perform a surface dive. Once underwater, swim 3 breaststrokes before surfacing. Breathing should be controlled throughout.

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