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Goldfish Series

This programme is designed to be the next stage for swimmers who have progressed through either the STAnley First Steps Series or Octopus Series.

The Goldfish series is an exciting series of 3 progressive awards expanding on skills in a fun, progressive, challenging and rewarding way.

On completion of this series, swimmers will be able to swim 15 metres without any aid as well as perform basic floats.


Goldfish 1

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 2 water safety questions
  • Enter the water with a step or jump entry, tread water for 5 seconds, swim to poolside
  • Push and glide, and hold the streamlined position for 5 seconds
  • Push and glide, or swim to the bottom of the pool, to retrieve an object
  • Swim 5 metres on front, roll over and swim 5 metres on back
  • Perform dolphin leg kick on the front or back for 5 metres
  • Scull head first for 2 metres
  • Scull feet first, using a woggle for support
  • Show rhythmical breathing in front crawl for 10 metres, using a woggle or float
  • Swim a recognisable breaststroke for 5 metres

Buoyancy aids may not be used, unless stated. Learners may work towards the 5 metre Distance award and I Can Swim or Good Stroke badges.


Goldfish 2

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 2 water safety questions
  • Perform a back float, tuck to a front float and return to a standing position
  • Scull head first for 5 metres, and feet first for 3 metres
  • Push and glide on the back, tuck, rotate to the front and return to the starting point
  • Swim 10 metres of a recognised front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke. Learner’s first choice
  • Swim back crawl for 10 metres
  • Swim 5 metres of a recognised front stroke. Learner’s second choice
  • Push and glide to the bottom of the pool, tuck, place feet on the bottom and spring up
  • Perform a mushroom float and hold for 3 seconds, extend to a front float and return to a standing position
  • Enter the water with a step or jump entry, swim 5 metres on the front, then swim to poolside and exit water safely

Buoyancy aids may not be used, unless stated. Learners may work towards the 10 metre Distance award and Kingfisher 1.


Goldfish 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 2 water safety questions
  • Perform 2 different types of entries and tread water for 15 seconds each time; performed in shoulder-deep water
  • Swim 15 metres of back crawl
  • Swim 15 metres of a recognised front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke
  • Swim 10 metres, holding a float under each arm, using lifesaving backstroke leg kick
  • Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on front
  • Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on back
  • Perform a handstand with both hands on the pool floor; performed in chest-deep water
  • Perform a horizontal float on the back and hold for 5 seconds, roll on to the front, hold for 5 seconds, roll to the original back float position and hold for 5 seconds
  • Submerge, push and glide on the side, roll to a face down position

Buoyancy aids may not be used, unless stated. Learners may work towards the 15 metre Distance award and Kingfisher 1.


All information can also be found on the STA website.


STAnly First Steps Series
Goldfish Series
Angelfish Series
Shark Series
Advanced Swimmer Series
Platinum Award
Distance Series


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