Swim Academy

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From 6 months to 60 + Years; Ducklings to National Champions; our Swim Academy Performance Pathways will get your swimmer there one stroke at a time!

  • The Academy's dynamic approach to swim teaching encorporates both our own proven methodology underpinned with the ASA's National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS - below).
  • Professional, award winning Instructors & Lifeguards.
  • Small Group sizes for Optimal Teaching.
  • Dynamic system for "Make-up" sessions to ensure optimum progression & value for money.
  • ASA Certificates & Badges to acknowledge swimmers achievements at every stage.
  • "Meet the Teacher" Sessions giving personal 1:1 advice on your child's progress.
  • Termly informative Newsletters.
  • Complimentary access to Swim Academy Pool Parties.
  • Opportunities to enter Fun Swim Academy Galas along with Open Meets & County/Regional Championships as your swimmer progresses from Swim Academy to Swim Team!.

10 stages of the NPTS

There are 10 stages of the NPTS, along with numerous awards that compliment the National Plan as swimmers progress through the Swim Academy. Details of the stages are outlined below.
Stage 1
  • Enter the water safely
  • Move forward for a distance of 5 metres
  • Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  • Move Sideways for a distance of 5 metres
  • Scoop water and wash face
  • Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  • Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support
  • Regain an upright position from on the back, with support
  • Regain an upright position from on the front, with support
  • Push and glide in a horizontal position from or to a wall
  • Take part in a teacher lead, partner orientated game
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  • Exit the water safely
Stage 2
  • Jump in from poolside safely
  • Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with mouth and nose submerged.
  • Regain an upright position from the back without support
  • Regain an upright position from the front without support
  • Push from wall and glide on the back
  • Push from wall and glide on the front
  • Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  • Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
  • Perform a rotation from the front to the back to regain an upright position
  • Perform a rotation from the back to the front to regain an upright position
Stage 3
  1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (minimum depth 0.9 metres)
  2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
  3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
  4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
  5. Travel on the front, tuck and 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
  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 and glide from the wall to the pool floor
  5. Kick 10 metres Backstroke (one item of equipment optional)
  6. Kick 10 metres Front crawl (one item of equipment optional)
  7. Kick 10 metres Butterfly on front or back (one item of equipment optional)
  8. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional)
  9. Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back (one item of equipment optional)
  10. Perform on the back a head first sculling motion for 5 metres in a horizontal position.
  11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stoke is optional
Stage 5
  1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  2. Perform a feet first sculling motion 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 the 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 3 seconds
  11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
  12. Demonstrate an action for getting help
Stage 6
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  2. Sink, push off on side from wall , glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke
  3. Sink, push off on side from wall , glide, kick and rotate into Front crawl
  4. Swim 10 metres with clothes on
  5. Swim Front crawl to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
  6. Swim Backstroke to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths
  7. Swim Butterfly to include at least 3 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
  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 in duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:
    • Sculling – head first, feet first;
    • Rotation – forward/backward somersault, log roll;
    • Floating – star on the front/on the back, -tuck float,
    • Eggbeater – moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls.
    • create own
  6. Perform a sitting dive
  7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  8. Swim 100 metres using a minimum of 3 different strokes
  9. Tread water using egg beater action for 30 seconds.
  10. Complete an obstacle course (using a minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout
Stage 8
  1. Complete a set lasting at least 400 metres on a specific turn around time set by the coach
  2. Swim 400 metres continuously using one stroke
  3. Kick 25 metres Backstroke with/without using a board
  4. Kick 25 metres Breaststroke with/without using a board
  5. Kick 25 metres Front crawl with/without using a board
  6. Kick 25 metres Butterfly with/without using a board
  7. Perform a Backstroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out
  8. Perform a Breaststroke turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out
  9. Perform a Butterfly turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out
  10. Perform a front crawl turn from 10 metres in to 15 metres out
Stage 9
  1. Complete a set lasting 800 metres on a specific turn around time set by the coach
  2. Swim 800 metres continuously choosing one stroke
  3. Swim a continuous 100 metre IM using legal turns
  4. Perform a 15 metre under water kick on front in a streamlined position
  5. Perform a Backstroke start then Butterfly kick in a streamlined position under water until 10 metres from the start point is completed, transfer into stroke and continue until 25 metres is completed
  6. Perform a Front crawl start, under water kick in a streamlined position for a minimum of 10 metres from the start point, transfer into stroke and continue until 25 metres is completed
  7. Perform a Butterfly start, kick in a streamlined position for a minimum of 10 metres from the start point, transfer into stroke and continue until 25 metres is completed
  8. Perform a Breaststroke start, perform a 1½ pull under water, transfer into stroke and continue until 25 metres is completed
Stage 10
  1. Complete a set lasting 1600 metres on a specific timed turn around set by the coach
  2. Swim 1500 metres continuously using one stroke
  3. Perform a continuous 100 metre IM kick without using a kick board
  4. Swim a continuous 200 metre IM using legal turns
  5. Perform a 15 metre under water Butterfly kick on back or front in a streamlined position
  6. Perform a Front crawl relay take over – as an incoming swimmer
  7. Perform a Front crawl relay take over – as an outgoing swimmer