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4 years +

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Further development of the basic skills are covered, including water safety and survival skills and body position. The first two main strokes are introduced by teaching front and back paddle and developing arm and leg coordination.

Children are taught to swim out of their depth, to eliminate any fears of deep water. Submerging, aquatic breathing practices, water confidence and familiarisation are all introduced and further developed. Children should be aiming to achieve their 5m and 10m Distance Awards at this level.

With practice, progression will lead to competence in the perfomance of the skills. To confirm competence the student should be able to perform the skill with consistent reliabilty, based on:- Introduction, Development, Competence and Consistence.

Turtle - Level 16

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions.
  2. Enter the water from the poolside, turn around and swim back.
  3. Using a safe method of support bob up and down submerging head.
  4. Perform a star float on the front for 3 seconds, with face in the water.
  5. Stand in shallow water or on the poolside demonstrate sculling hand action for back paddle.
  6. Swim 3 metres front paddle with proficient arm and leg action.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to float using 3 different shapes.
  8. Regain the feet from the front position.

Turtle - Level 17

  1. Give 2 examples of the pool rules.
  2. Perform a safe entry, swim a short distance and exit safely.
  3. Floating on the back perform a star shape, pencil shape and regain feet.
  4. On the back create propulsion using a hand sculling type action (swim aids maybe used).
  5. Bob up and down submerging head 3 times.
  6. Swim 5 metres front paddle with proficient arm and leg action.
  7. Submerge face and identify an object below the surface.
  8. Swim 2 metres back paddle.

Turtle - Level 18

  1. Give 2 examples of when you must not swim in the sea?
  2. Demonstrate 2 methods of safe entry and exit.
  3. Holding a rail, floats or partners hands, release and regain feet from the front position; without the use of buoyancy aids.
  4. Bob up and down submerging the face 3 times exhaling underwater.
  5. Swim 5 metres back paddle or breaststroke type leg action on the back.
  6. Swim 5 metres front paddle with proficient technique and body position.
  7. Perform a star float on the front; rotate to a start float on the back.
  8. Perform a pencil float on the front.

Turtle - Level 19

  1. Give 2 examples of when you must not enter the swimming pool.
  2. Perform a sit and swivel entry.
  3. Bob up and down submerging the face 6 times exhaling underwater.
  4. Using buoyancy aids demonstrate a breaststroke type treading water leg action treading water leg action.
  5. Sculling headfirst move through the water for 3 metres.
  6. Perform 3 floating position for 5 seconds each.
  7. Swim 5 metres back and front paddle, with a smooth transition.
  8. Hold a float/s swim 3 metres front crawl leg action.

Turtle - Level 20

  1. Give 2 examples of a survival skill.
  2. Submerge face and retrieve an object from below the surface.
  3. Using a safe method of support breath rhythmically 4 cycles.
  4. Tread water for 5 seconds.
  5. Demonstrate for 3 seconds a tucked or mushroom floating position.
  6. Move away from the poolside while treading water rotate 360 degrees.
  7. Standing in shallow water or on poolside demonstrate front and back crawl arm action.
  8. Swim 10 metres front and back paddle; one after the other.