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Aquarius Swim School Swimming Lessons

Children's Swimming Lesson Guide

Our lesson guide will help you understand your child's journey through the Aquarius Swim School stages.

Lesson Stages

Aqua Tots

A fun, progressive class introducing babies and young children 5 ½ months -2 ½ years to the swimming pool with a parent in the water.


A fun and playful class for children aged 2½ to 4 year olds aiming to build water confidence without a parent in the water but with the support of a swimming teacher. This class helps to develop basic motor skills, working towards Duckling Awards.

Stage 1

This class is for children aged 4 years upwards with no water confidence or swimming experience. Children will develop basic movement skills and water confidence with a teacher in the water for support. Aids may also be used such as armbands and body belts.

Stage 2

For children aged 4 years upwards who have confidence in the water. This class will develop basic stroke techniques on front and back, basic floating and jumping in. Children will achieve their 5 metre distance award. Aids may also be used such as armbands and body belts.

Stage 3

This class will aim to reduce /remove swimming aids enabling children to further develop front and back swimming techniques, as well as developing safe entries including submersion and rotation skills. Children will be assessed without aids and will work towards achieving the 10m distance award on front and back.

Stage 4a

Children will be able to swim 10m unaided on both front and back. This class is in shallow water and will introduce all four stroke techniques. Working towards 5m front and back crawl awards which must be swam unaided. The 20m distance and Preliminary Water Safety awards will also be achieved.

Stage 4b

This class is in deep water and will further develop swimming techniques. Children will be working towards maintaining correct technique for front and back crawl over a longer distance and towards the 5m breaststroke award. Children will also gain their 25m distance award.

Stage 5

This class will develop all four main strokes as well as water skills such as sculling and treading water. By the end of the stage all strokes are performed for a distance of at least 10m using the correct technique as directed by the ASA. Children will also gain their 50m distance award.

Stage 6

This class will develop effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing across all four strokes. Children will build up stamina by swimming lengths while still maintaining good stroke technique. Distance awards of 100m and 200m will be achieved and children will also be introduced to swimming in clothes and personal survival skills.

Stage 7

All four swimming strokes will be performed for a distance of 25m to the standard provided by the ASA. Quality stroke technique with be developed for distances of up to 100m and skills learnt throughout stages 1-7 will be refined and further developed. Children will have the opportunity to complete higher distance awards up to and including 600m.

Stage 8

Children will continue to develop stamina and focus on the finer technical points of all four strokes. Starts and turns for all four strokes will be introduced. The class will work towards Stages 8, 9 and 10 Competitive Swimming , the ASA Bronze and Silver Challenge awards as well as the 800m distance award.

Multi Aquatics

This hour class continues to develop the finer technical points of all four strokes as well as speed and stamina. Children will be introduced to other aquatic activities: diving, water polo and synchronised swimming, as well as working towards ASA Gold and Honours Challenge Awards and the longer distance awards.

Gifted & Talented

Children are chosen by the swim school to attend this session. They will primarily focus on speed, stamina, starts and turns with an experienced teacher. Children from this seasion will progress to swim club standard.

Other activities are available including Synchronised Swimming, Diving and Water Polo please contact us with the details at the bottom of this page.

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