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These stages of the British Gas Learn to Swim Pathway take your child through FUNdamental Movement. They are based on developing skills, movement in the water, and having fun. These stages help develop safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as armbands and floats (stages 1&2).  Safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Stage 3 also includes submersion – travelling up to 10m on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stages.




Lesson Information

(Stages 1 - 3)

(Stages 4- 7)

Learn to Swim Framework


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

Swimmers then develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and complete body rotation. They perform all strokes for 10m to a standard provided by the ASA in the Learn to Swim Framework. Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing  across all strokes is the focus. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25m using a stroke of their choice. Children learn about aspects of water safety.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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