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Learning to Swim Framework

Following the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, which is the national syllabus produced by the ASA, our lessons will take children through from their first space to full competence in the water using fun and games. The various stages help children improve their skills and pass through each clearly defined Learn to Swim stages.  At the end of each stage, children will be able to successfully achieve a number of outcomes and also earn a badge and certificate to show their success.

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Ducklings 3, 4 and 5 (ages 3 - 5 years)

Our Duckling 3, 4 and 5 stages are for ages 3-5 years, these are for complete beginners. No parent in the water during these classes.

Ducklings 3

Building water confidence, kick 5 metres holding a float, float on front or back with adult support.

Ducklings 4

Jump unaided into the water, submerge completely and travel 10 metres without assistance.

Ducklings 5

Push and glide achieving a distance of 2 metres front and back. Float on front and back and regain standing. Swim 5 metres on the front and back unaided.


Stage 1

This stage helps develop safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as armbands and floats


Stage 2

This stage focuses on safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of 5m, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use armbands and floats.



Stage 3

More on developing safe entries into the water – including submersion – travelling up to 10m on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stage.


Stage 4

This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer has to swim 10m to a standard directed by the ASA.



Stage 5

During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They perform all strokes for 10m to a standard provided by the ASA in the Learn to Swim Framework.


Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills – including coordinated breathing – across all strokes is the focus of this stage. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25m using a stroke of their choice. Children learn about aspects of water safety.


Stage 7

Children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100m incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They also complete an obstacle course combining skills accomplished through stages 1-7


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