Our AWARDS

We have developed our very own award scheme, featuring beautifully illustrated certificates & badges, and with a criteria tailored specifically for our uniquely small groups and particular focus on technique.

Grade Description

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Grade Descriptions

Water Pup Awards

Water Pup Stage 1
To get the Water Pup Stage 1 badge I must be able to:

  • Sitting entry with adult support
  • Kick 2 metres on your front with adult support
  • Float on your back with an adult supporting your head
  • Travel 2 metres with help to a floating object
  • Spin around in both directions all on your own
  • Exit the water safely
Water Pup Stage 2

To get the Water Pup Stage 2 badge I must be able to:

  • Swim 5 metres kicking your legs on your own
  • Swim 5 metres tuck, star, pencil on your own
  • Regain an upright position from your back with help
  • Regain an upright position from your front with help
  • Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  • Blow object 2 metres across the water
  • Scoop water and wash your face
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules

Little Splasher Awards

Little Splasher Stage 1

To get the Little Splasher Stage 1 badge I must be able to:

  • To be achieved with only one disc per arm
  • Swim 5 metres breaststroke legs with toes turned out
  • Swim front & back 5 metres splashy legs toes pointing
  • Move sideways 5 metres
  • Push & glide in a horizontal position from the wall
  • Blow bubbles with chin and mouth in the water
  • Move into a stretched floating position
  • Take part in a teacher-led partner oriented game
  • Supervised jump to an adult
  • Climb out without assistance
Little Splasher Stage 2

To get the Little Splasher Stage 2 badge I must be able to:

  • To be achieved without any floatation aids
  • Jump in from poolside safely
  • Swim 5 metres splashy legs front & back
  • Swim 5 metres breaststroke legs on your back
  • Demonstrate knowledge of breaststroke arms
  • Regain upright position from your back & front
  • Push from the wall and glide on your front & back
  • Blow bubbles 3 times with your nose & mouth submerged
  • Perform a log role and regain a standing position
  • A 5 metre award should be issued prior to, or in addition to completing Stage 2
Little Splasher Stage 3

To get the Little Splasher Stage 3 badge I must be able to:

  • Jump in and submerge
  • Underwater push & glide whilst remaining streamlined
  • Push & glide arms extended, log roll onto front/back
  • Swim on your front, tuck, rotate & return on your back
  • Collect an object from the bottom of the pool
  • Answer 3 questions on water safety
  • Swim 10 metres on your front
  • Swim 10 metres on your back
  • Swim 5 metres of breaststroke
  • A 10 metre award should be issued prior to, or in addition to completing Stage 3
Little Splasher Stage 4

To get the Little Splasher Stage 4 badge I must be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  • Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  • Perform a sequence of 3 shapes whilst floating on your back
  • Push & glide from the wall to the pool floor
  • Swim 10 metres backstroke, 10 metres frontcrawl, swim 10 metres breaststroke your front & 10 metres on your back
  • Scull 5 metres head first retaining a horizontal position
  • Swim on your back, roll onto your front and continue
  • Swim 10 metres of a stroke of your choice
  • A 20 metre award should be issued prior to, or in addition to completing Stage 4
Little Splasher Stage 5

To get the Little Splasher Stage 5 badge I must be able to:

  • Perform stationary scull on your back
  • Scull 5 metres toes first
  • Perform a sculling sequence for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Show 3 different jumps into the water
  • Swim 25 metres backstroke
  • Swim 15 metres frontcrawl face in the water
  • Swim 25 metres breaststroke
  • Perform a handstand for 3 seconds & then a forward somersault
  • A 50 metre award should be issued prior to, or in addition to completing Stage 5
Little Splasher Stage 6

To get the Little Splasher Stage 5 badge I must be able to:

  • Demonstrate a preparation for exercise
  • Push & glide rotate into frontcrawl/backstroke
  • Swim 10 metres wearing clothes
  • Swim 25 metres frontcrawl ensuring breathing is rhythmical
  • Swim 25 metres breaststroke ensuring breathing is rhythmical
  • Swim 25 metres backcrawl with continuous arms
  • Swim 25 metres any stroke of your choice
  • Perform a shout & signal rescue
  • Perform a surface dive
  • Exit the water without the use of steps
  • A 75 & 100 metre award should be issued prior to, or in addition to completing Stage 6
Little Splasher Stage 7

To get the Little Splasher Stage 5 badge I must be able to:

  • Swim 25 metres backstroke, 25 metres frontcrawl & 50 metres breaststroke
  • Demonstrate basic butteryfly leg kick for 5 metres
  • Perform a 1 minute sequence of:
    • Sculling head first/feet first
    • Forward/backward somersault, log roll
    • Star float front/back, tuck float
    • Eggbeater lifting one or both arms out of the water
  • Perform a sitting dive
  • Swim 100 metres using at least 3 strokes
  • Tread water using eggbeater for 30 seconds
  • Complete an obstacle course (4 objects) without touching the pool floor
  • A 200 metre award should be issued prior to, or in addition to completing Stage 7

Splash Awards

Bronze Award

To get the Bronze Award I must be able to:

  • Jump in, swim 10 metres then surface dive and swim under water for a further 5 metres
  • Tread water for 3 minutes Scull head first for 15 metres, feet at or near the surface
  • Swim 400 metres using all three strokes, a minimum of 100m of each stroke
  • A 300 metre award should be issued prior to completing the Bronze Award
Silver Award

To get the Sliver Award I must be able to:

  • Begin with a plunge dive for the following distance timed swim
  • Timed swim, 100 metres in 3 minutes or under, a change of stroke only at the end of each length
  • Tread water for 2 minutes with one hand behind your back
  • Swim 10 metres then surface dive head first touching the floor
  • Swim 10 metres then surface dive feet first pushing o the floor
  • Scull head first on your back for 10 metres then return sculling feet first
  • Swim 800 metres, 400 metres on your front & 400 metres on your back. A change of stroke every 50 metres
  • A 600 metre award should be issued prior to the Silver Award
  • An 800 metre award must be issued with Silver
Gold Award

To get the Gold Award I must be able to:

  • Begin with a plunge dive for the following distance timed swim
  • Timed swim, 100 metres in 2 minutes 30 sec or under, use only two strokes
  • Tread water for 3 minutes with one hand above your head
  • Scull 10 metres then enter a tucked position and rotate 360o and return by sculling feet first
  • Swim 10 metres, forward somersault and swim a further 10 metres
  • Swim 800 metres using three strokes in 25 minutes or under. A change of stroke every 100 metres
Honors Award

To get the Gold Award I must be able to:

  • Straddle entry followed by a 5 metre swim, enter into a piked surface dive retrieving a 2kg object from the bottom. Carry the object 20 metres using backstroke or sidestroke.
  • Scull head first 10 metres, complete a back somersault, roll 180o onto your front, forward somersault, tuck rotate backwards to scull feet first 15 metres.
  • The following must be completed in 23 minutes without pause:
  • Swim 200 metres frontcrawl , 200 metres backstroke, 100 metres breaststroke (or 50 metres butterfly)
  • Swim 500 metres freestyle, surface dive twice head first, and twice feet first. During each surface dive you must swim through two hoops 4 metres apart without surfacing
  • A 1000 metre award must be issued with Honours

Amature Lifeguard Awards

Amature Lifeguard Bronze

To get the Amature Lifeguard Bronze I must be able to:

  • Tread water for 1 minute using arms to signal for help
  • Swim continuously for 50 metres fully clothed
  • Swim lifesaving backstroke for 50 metres
  • Scull head & feet first over 15 metres
  • Hold the “HELP” position for 2 minutes 30 sec
  • Demonstrate a non swimmer, weak swimmer & an unconcious casualty
  • Demonstrate “Shout & Signal” rescue to a casualty 5m away
  • Enter shallow water & wade to casualty
  • Throw buoyant aid to casualty and instruct them back
  • Demonstrate a reach rescue to a casualty 2m away
  • Throw a rope to a casualty 8 metres away
  • Enter deep water safely & confidently
  • Perform a feet first surface dive, swim under water for 5 metres
  • Climb out without use of the ladders
Amature Lifeguard Silver

To get the Amature Lifeguard Silver I must be able to:

  • Swim 200 metres front & back clothed
  • Enter shallow water, wade to the casualty with a buoyant aid, instruct casualty what to do
  • Place a casualty in the support position
  • Tread water for 3 minutes, signal for help every 30 seconds
  • Swim 100m, perform two feet first & head first surface dives collecting a sinker
  • In shallow water turn a face down casualty around and walk back to the wall
  • Coil & throw a rope 10m and pull the casualty back in less than 45 sec
  • Enter deep water using straddle jump
  • Swim 20 metres frontcrawl with your head out of the water looking forwards
Amature Lifeguard Gold

To get the Amature Lifeguard Gold I must be able to:

  • Throw a rope 12 metres to a casualty and rescue in 30 sec
  • Swim 400 metres fully clothed in 15 minutes
  • Tread water for 2 mintues fully clothed then swim 50m
  • Demonstrate a compact jump & a shallow dive
  • Swim 10 metres then demonstrate a revers
  • Swim 10 metres then demonstrate a stando
  • Swim 20 metres to a casualty, collect sinker, swap sinker for casualty and tow for 20 metres, all in 2 minutes
  • Demonstrate supported rescue breathing whilst waiting for help
  • Demonstrate the support position
  • Using initiative assist two casualties in shallow water upto 15 metres away.
  • Demonstrate non-contact rescues Swim 400 metres in 12 minutes

Distance Awards

We offer distance awards available that cover the following distances:

5, 10, 20, 50, 75, 100, 200, 300, 400, 600, 800 & 1000 metres

WELL DONE

As an incentive for children between awards, or for a special achievement we offer a Well Done certificate.

It is not uncommon for awards to take several courses to achieve. We feel it is vitally important to keep confidence high and acknowledge progress and achievements, no matter how small.

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