Learning to swim is a key life skill for any child. Swimming lessons teach them independence, allows them to get active while enjoying themselves, gives them the ability to get themselves out of potentially life-threatening situations and enables them to fully enjoy trips to the seaside and beach holidays.
Here at Everyone Active, we offer a total of 11 stages of swimming lessons for children aged from just four months old. They’re available at all 96+ of our sites that have a pool, while all our teachers are Swim England (or equivalent) qualified and, of course, DBS checked and the lessons all adhere to Swim England’s Learn to Swim framework.
But how do you decide which stage is the right one to start your child off at? Here, we’ve brought all the stages together so you can best choose what’s right for your child.
Lessons for children aged from four months to three years
These classes are aimed at giving your child their first experience of the water, along with your guidance. That introduction is provided through songs, games and support and it aims to promote water confidence, alongside offering a social environment for both parents and children. When the child reaches 19 months, they are encouraged to start independent water movement, leading to swimming on their own and, eventually, leading to the stage one pre-school class.
Classes for children aged from three years
Pre-school Stage 1
If your child is over the age of three and hasn’t swum before, then this is the stage for them. It will teach confidence and independence in the water and, once completed, your child will be awarded the Swim England Learn to Swim Framework (LTSF) Stage One award, as well as the Duckling 1 and 2 awards.
This stage is for children who are in full time education and have no previous swimming experience. It will help develop water confidence and teach children to be able to swim five metres on both their front and their back. Once they’ve completed this stage, they’ll receive the LTSF Stage 2 Award, as well as the 5m badge.
If your child can swim five metres on their front and back unaided, then they’ll need to enrol in our Stage 3 lessons. Here, they’ll be taught towards the end goal of being able to swim unaided for 10m on both their front and back. They’ll be supported on this journey by being introduced to aquatic breathing and different types of aquatic mobility. By completing this stage, your child will have attained LTSF Stage 3 accreditation, as well as their 10m award.
For slightly more advanced children, stage four teaches your child some of the basic swimming techniques, including treading water and swimming underwater. Your child will be working towards being able to swim 20m unaided on their front and back. Once they’ve completed this stage, your child will get a 20m badge as well as the LTSF Stage 4 award.
Once your child can swim 20m on their front and back, then it’s time they enrol in the fifth stage of our learn-to-swim programme. As well as working towards being able to swim 25m on their front and back, this stage will begin to develop your child’s stroke technique to a higher standard, making them even more confident in the water.
This stage is where stroke technique begins to be more solidly implemented into the programme. During this stage, your child will learn to swim 100m both in back stroke and front crawl as well as beginning to get a greater understanding of breaststroke and butterfly – in which your child will also have to demonstrate competence in order to attain this level of accreditation.
After stage 6, this class is open to your child if they can competently swim 100 metres and demonstrating three different strokes. At this stage, we’ll start introducing your child to touch turns, while we’ll also try and improve their ability in butterfly and increase the distance they can swim to 200 metres.
This class is aimed at children who are in the early stages of competitive swimming wishing to develop stamina and stroke technique, who are already capable of competently swimming 200 metres using three different strokes. In order to enrol in this stage, they must have already completed Stage Seven. As well as the ability to swim 400 metres competently, this class teaches greater awareness of water safety and survival techniques.
This ninth stage delves even more deeply into teaching your child about speed and endurance. In order to pass this stage, they will have to be able to swim 800m in three different strokes.
This last and most advanced stage is only for children who have completed at least stages seven and above and are in the early stages of competitive swimming. As well as putting even more emphasis on speed and endurance, your child will learn how to execute correct race starts and turns, as well as swimming 1,500m in three different strokes.
For more information on our swimming lessons for children, click here.