Everybody Swim

 
 

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Stages 1-7

 
 

Stage 1

Developing basic safety awareness, the class scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may need to use aids e.g. arm bands, floats etc

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  4. Move sideways for distance of 5 metres
  5. Scoop the water and wash face
  6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support
  8. Regain an upright position from on the back, with support
  9. Regain an upright position from on the front with support
  10. Push & glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
  11. Take part in a teacher led partner orientated game
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  13. Exit the water safely

Stage 2

Developing safe entries into the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travelling on the front and back up to a distance of 5 metres, plus rotation to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids e.g. arm bands, floats etc although will be encouraged to swim without aids where possible.

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside safely
  2. Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
  3. Regain upright position from the back without support
  4. Regain an upright position from the front without support
  5. Push from wall & glide on the back
  6. Push from wall & glide on the front
  7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  8. Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position
  10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position

Stage 3

Developing safe entries including submersion, travelling up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge. At this stage the swimmer will be assessed without the use of aids and support.

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth. 0.9)
  2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  3. Push & glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
  4. Push & glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
  5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
  6. Fully submerge to pick up an object
  7. Answer correctly 3 questions on the Water Safety Code
  8. Travel 10 metres on the back
  9. Travel 10 metres on the front

Stage 4

Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by The ASA .

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of 3) whilst floating at the surface
  4. Push & glide from the wall to the pool floor
  5. Kick 10 metres Backstroke
  6. Kick 10 metres Front Crawl
  7. Kick 10 metres Butterfly on the front or on the back
  8. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back
  9. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  11. Travel on the back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  12. Travel on the front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional

Stage 5

Developing watermanship through sculling and treading water skills and complete rotation, also performing all four strokes for a distance of 10 metres to the given standard as provided by The ASA.

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back
  3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
  4. Tread water for 30 seconds
  5. Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water
  6. Swim 10 metres Backstroke
  7. Swim 10 metres Front Crawl face in the water
  8. Swim 10 metres Breaststroke
  9. Swim 10 metres Butterfly
  10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds
  11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help

Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing across all four strokes plus swimming a distance of 25 metres using a stroke of the swimmers choice; developing water safety aspects and the understanding of preparation for exercise

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke
  3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Front Crawl
  4. Swim 10 metres with clothes on
  5. Swim Front Crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  6. Swim Breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  7. Swim Butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths
  8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional
  9. Perform a ‘shout & signal’ rescue
  10. Perform a surface dive
  11. Exit the water without using steps

Stage 7

Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine in the water and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished through stages 1 to 7.

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At the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  1. Swim 25 metres Backstroke
  2. Swim 25 metres Front Crawl
  3. Swim 25 metres Breaststroke
  4. Swim 25 metres Butterfly
  5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills: Sculling, Rotation, Floating, Eggbeater
  6. Perform a sitting dive
  7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  8. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum three different strokes
  9. Tread water using egg beater action for 30 seconds
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout

Pre-School

 
 

The Everybody Learn to Swim Scheme is open to children from as young as six months (check with your local pool for age entry criteria) with our Adult & Child and Little Swimmer schemes. These schemes are designed to introduce young children and their parents to the pool environment and pleasures of the water within structured lessons under The ASA Duckling Award Scheme.

Adult and Child Classes

Once your child has reached the age of 6 months (may be higher at some pools) they can take part in these fun classes together with a parent or other adult.

Ducklings

Once the children are 3 years old they can start to swim without an adult in the water with them in small classes. Introducing the skills required for water confidence and skill development.

Duckling 1

  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support
  2. Kick 2 metres on the back with adult support
  3. Float on the back with adult support behind the head
  4. Blow bubbles at the water surface
  5. Wet the head without submersion
  6. Travel without assistance 2 metres to a floating object (it is recommended that a baby seat or other buoyancy aid be used)

 

Duckling 2

  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support
  2. Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres
  3. Using a baby seat or other buoyancy aid, rotate through 180° without assistance.
  4. Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without assistance
  5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without assistance
  6. Submerge the face with confidence

 

Duckling 3

  1. Jump to an adult
  2. Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float
  3. Blow bubbles with mouth underwater
  4. Float on front OR back without support
  5. Travel 5 metres on front to the side of the pool
  6. Show a torpedo shape on front or back when pushed to a partner

 

Duckling 4

  1. To jump unaided but supervised in the water
  2. Submerge completely
  3. Rotate through 360° either horizontally or vertically
  4. Show a mushroom or a start float
  5. Travel without assistance 10 metres on the front or back
  6. Climb out of the water with assistance if required

 

Rookie Lifeguard Stages

 
 

Our Rookie Lifeguard classes follow on from Stage 7 of the main scheme. Rookie Lifeguard has been designed by water safety specialists at the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) to ensure that every child in the country has the essential water skills to keep themselves safe and knowledge of what to do in an emergency. The programme features swimming and lifesaving skills supported by water safety education, allowing participants to enjoy swimming as an activity and, vitally, to protect their lives should an accident occur in or out of the water.

 

Rookie Life Support Award

To gain this award, Rookies must be able to perform effective CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) on a manikin, turn a live casualty, show action for vomiting and the recovery position and be able to treat bleeding, choking and shock.

  1. Awareness of own safety, checking responsiveness, sequence of life support, action for vomiting and recover position.
  2. CPR on an adult manikin.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of life support skills and related conditions.

 

Rookie Lifeguard Acheivement Levels

Achievement Level 1

  1. Enter the water safely and unaided.
  2. Float using an aid for a minimum of 15 seconds, whilst ‘shouting and signalling for assistance’.
  3. Travel/swim through the water for 10m using a floatation aid.
  4. Using floatation aids float on your front then rotate to float on your back.
  5. Without entering the water, demonstrate a ‘Shout and Signal’ rescue to a casualty 3m away. Instruct the casualty on what to do.
  6. Climb out of shallow water unaided.
  7. Answer 2 questions on the Water Safety Code.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Achievement Level 2

  1. Enter the water safely and unaided.
  2. Float using an aid for a minimum of 30 seconds whilst ‘shouting and signalling for assistance’.
  3. Travel/swim through the water for 25m.
  4. In water of waist depth recover an object from the pool floor.
  5. Float on your front then rotate to float on your back. Hold each floating position for 5 seconds each.
  6. Without entering the water, demonstrate a throwing rescue using a buoyant aid to a casualty 3m away. Instruct the casualty on what to do.
  7. Climb out of deep water unaided.
  8. Answer 3 questions on the dangers at the seaside.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge on how to make an emergency call and what details you should give to the operator.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Bronze Award Rookie Lifeguard Stage 8

Bronze 1st Award

  1. Enter shallow water safely and confidently.
  2. Swim continuously for 25m.
  3. Tread water for 1 minute in deep water, using your arms to occasionally signal for help.
  4. Continue to swim 25m continuously doing lifesaving backstroke.
  5. Using a buoyant aid hold the ‘HELP’ position for 1 minute.
  6. Holding the buoyant aid kick legs for 15m to the pool side.
  7. Climb out in deep water without using the steps.
  8. Demonstrate a non swimmer in water.
  9. Demonstrate a weak swimmer.
  10. Demonstrate an unconscious casualty.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Bronze 2nd Award

  1. Demonstrate a ‘Shout and Signal’ rescue to a casualty 5m away.
  2. Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 5m away and instruct the partner to kick to the edge.
  3. Enter deep water safely and confidently.
  4. Swim continuously in clothing for 50m (long sleeved top, trousers or a skirt).
  5. Tread water for 1 minute then turn around 180 degrees. Use your arms to signal for help (occasionally).
  6. Continue to swim 50m continuously doing lifesaving backstroke.
  7. Scull head first on your back (hands and feet together at the surface) a distance of 10m.
  8. Using a buoyant aid hold the ‘HELP’ position for 2 minutes.
  9. Holding the buoyant aid kick legs for 25m to the pool side.
  10. Climb out in deep water without using the steps.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Bronze 3rd Award

  1. Demonstrate a reach rescue to a casualty 2m away.
  2. Throw a non buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away.
  3. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 5m away. Throw a buoyant aid to the casualty. Instruct the casualty to kick their legs to the side. Instruct your casualty how to get out of the water without using the steps.
  4. Enter deep water safely and confidently. Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, trousers or a skirt) for 50m.
  5. Tread water for 1 minute, then move backwards through the water 2m, sideways to the left 2m, then sideways to the right for 2m. Use your arms to signal for help.
  6. Swim 50m continuously lifesaving backstroke with your head out of the water, then using a buoyant aid hold the ‘HELP’ position for 2 minutes 30 seconds.
  7. Remove all additional clothing.
  8. Scull head first on your back over 15m. Scull feet first on your back over 15m (both sculls with hands and feet together at the surface).
  9. Perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater 5m before surfacing.
  10. Climb out in deep water without using the steps.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Silver Award Rookie Lifeguard Stage 9

Silver 1st Award

  1. Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 5m away.
  2. Demonstrate a reaching rescue to a casualty 2m away, instruct them what to do.
  3. Throw a non buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away.
  4. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 5m away. Using a reaching aid instruct the casualty to hold the aid. Walk slowly back to pool edge whilst giving instructions to the casualty.
  5. Help your casualty out of shallow water without using the steps.
  6. Enter deep water safely and confidently.
  7. Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, trousers or skirt) for 100m.
  8. Tread water for 1 minute 30 seconds. Move backwards 2m, sideways to the right 2m, sideways to the left 2m. Use your arms to signal for help at 30 second intervals.
  9. Swim 10m continuously with your head out of the water on your front (to a buoyant aid). Using a buoyant aid hold the ‘HELP’ position for 2 minutes (in clothing).
  10. Remove additional clothing.
  11. Perform a feet first surface dive and recover an object in 1m of water before surfacing.
  12. Climb out of deep water unaided.

Tests 1 – 5 must be completed in order before tests 6 – 12.

Silver 2nd Award

  1. Demonstrate a reaching rescue to a casualty 2m away. Instruct the casualty what to do.
  2. Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away. Instruct the casualty what to do.
  3. Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 10m away and pull to the side in less than 1 minute.
  4. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 8m away. Using a reaching aid instruct the casualty to hold the aid. Slowly tow the casualty back to poolside. Instruct the casualty what to do.
  5. Help your casualty out of shallow water without using the steps.
  6. Enter deep water using a straddle jump.
  7. Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, trousers or skirt) for 150m on your front and your back (a minimum of 25m on both front and back).
  8. Tread water for 2 minutes. Move backwards 5m, sideways to the right 5m, sideways to the left 5m.
  9. Swim 20m continuously with your head out of the water on your front.
  10. Remove additional clothing.
  11. Swim 50m during which you will perform 1 feet first surface dive and 1 head first surface dive, recover an object in 1m of water before surfacing.
  12. Climb out of deep water unaided.

Tests 1 – 5 must be completed in order before tests 6 – 12.

Silver 3rd Award

  1. Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away. Instruct the casualty what to do.
  2. Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 10m away and pull to the side, in less than 45 seconds.
  3. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away. Using a throwing aid, instruct the casualty to hold the aid and what to do.
  4. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away. Using a rigid aid instruct the casualty to hold the aid. Instruct the casualty what to do. Slowly tow the casualty to the side. Place casualty in the Support Position.
  5. Help your casualty out of shallow water without using the steps.
  6. In shallow water turn a face down ‘unconscious casualty’ face up and walk to the poolside whilst shouting for help.
  7. Using initiative assist 1 casualty in difficulties up to 5m away.
  8. Demonstrate a fall-in entry into clear deep water.
  9. Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, trousers or skirt) for 200m (100m on your front and 100m on your back), in less than 10 minutes.
  10. Tread water for 3 minutes, shouting and signalling for help every 30 seconds or so.
  11. Remove additional clothing.
  12. Swim 100m during which you will perform 2 feet first and 2 head first surface dives, recover an object in 1am of water before surfacing. Climb out of deep water unaided.

Tests 1 – 7 must be completed in order before tests 8 – 12.

Gold Award Rookie Lifeguard Stage 10

Gold 1st Award

  1. Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 10m away and pull to the side, in less than 35 seconds.
  2. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 8m away using a pole. Demonstrate a non-contact rescue. Instruct the casualty what to do. Place casualty in the support position then assist to land from deep water.
  3. Demonstrate any 2 from the following in clear deep water; fall-in, compact jump or shallow dive.
  4. Swim 50m continuously in clothing (swimwear, long sleeved shirt, trousers or a skirt) to a conscious weak swimmer, giving instructions. Tow the casualty 25m to a point of support using a non-contact two, in less than 3 minutes. Using the support position, assist the casualty to land.
  5. Swim 10m then demonstrate a reverse.
  6. Swim 10m then demonstrate a standoff.
  7. Swim 20m to an unconscious casualty. Surface dive and recover an object from 1m depth of water. At the surface swap the object for an unconscious casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using sidestroke returning to shallow water. This is a timed swim and must be completed in less than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Shout for help.
  8. Demonstrate supported rescue breathing whilst waiting for help.
  9. Swim 400m continuously (including 2 lifesaving strokes of 50m each).
  10. Using initiative assist 2 casualties in difficulty up to 10m away from the side.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Gold 2nd Award

  1. Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 12m away and pull to the side, in less than 30 seconds.
  2. Using initiative, assist 2 casualties in difficulty up to 15m away in shallow water. A selection of rescue aids will be available. Demonstrate non-contact rescues of both casualties. Instruct the casualties what to do and assist to land. Treat for shock.
  3. Following appropriate hand signals from land, swim up to 20m to a point where an unconscious casualty has disappeared from sight in deep water. The pupil should be able to understand signals; attract attention, move to the left, move to the right, go further out, stay where you are, message understood, investigate object in the water and return to shore.
  4. An unconscious casualty is lying face down in the water 20m away. Swim to the casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using Chin Tow or Cross Chest Tow back to deep water or a point beyond standing depth. Shout for help. Assess for normal breathing. Commence Supported Rescue Breathing whilst waiting for help (for approximately 1 minute). With help then on the scene, place the casualty in the Support Position ready to land the casualty. STOP before any lifts are attempted. Explain what actions you would then take.
  5. Using any recognised competitive stroke, swim 400m continuously, in less than 12 minutes.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

Gold 3rd Award

  1. Swim 400m continuously in clothing (long sleeved top and trousers) using three different strokes. Each stroke must be performed continuously for a minimum of 100m (Lifesaving Backstroke, Sidestroke, Breaststroke or Front Crawl), in less than 15 minutes. Tread water for 2 minutes before removing additional clothing then continue to swim Sidestroke for 50m to a point of support in deep water. Climb out of deep water unaided.
  2. Swim 20m head up Front Crawl in less than 25 seconds to an unconscious casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using the Extended Arm or Chin Tow. Shout for help. Assess for normal breathing. Commence Supported Rescue Breathing whilst waiting for help (for approximately 1 minute). With help then on scene place the casualty in the Support Position ready to land the casualty. STOP before any lifts are attempted. Explain what actions you would then take.
  3. Swim 20m to an unconscious casualty. Surface dive and swim at least 5m underwater to recover an object from 1m depth of water. At the surface swap the object for an unconscious casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using Cross Chest Tow to shallow water. Shout for help. A time of 2 minutes will be allowed from the start of the test to the point at which both candidate and casualty are in a position of firm support.
  4. Using appropriate hand signals from land direct another swimmer to a point where an unconscious casualty has disappeared from sight in deep water. The pupil should be able to understand signals; attract attention, move to the left, move to the right, go further out, stay where you are, message understood, investigate object in the water and return to shore.
  5. Complete the Rookie Life Support Award.

Items can be completed individually and do not need to be done in one complete session.

 

Adult Lessons

 
 

Adult Swimming Lessons

It is never too late to learn how to swim!

At Everybody we understand how daunting it can be for adults who are not yet swimming, therefore we provide  Adult Swimming Lessons for both beginners and improvers.

Teachers at Everybody are experienced, fully qualified and trained by the Amateur Swimming Association.
Swimming provides all the health benefits of regular exercise along with the mental health benefits. Your body is naturally buoyant in water, therefore this also helps people who struggle with land based exercising and is useful for people with arthritis, back and weight problems.

Adult beginner lessons

If you are new to the swimming environment, we will teach you how to swim.

  • The teacher provides support and guidance throughout each lesson
  • The lessons help build water confidence and awareness
  • Swimmers will learn to relax and enjoy swimming
  • Swimmers learn the correct mechanics of the four most recognised strokes (Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly)

Adult Improver lessons:

Improver lessons are for adults who can swim but would like to gain more enjoyment and technique from swimming.
The teacher will help each learner refine all four stroke techniques to help swimming become effortless, along with helping to improve your strength and stamina to develop distance swimming.

Adult Master Class:

Adult Master Classes are available for competent swimmers who are looking to gain and maintain their fitness level. Master classes include a combination of focusing and developing technique along with competitive swimming.

Find your local swimming pool in Cheshire East: www.everybody.org.uk/facilities/ 

Find out how to become a swimming teacher in Cheshire East by training to be a swimming teacher with the Everybody Academy: www.everybody.org.uk/everybody-academy/