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STAnley First Steps Series

The STAnley First Steps Series is an exciting series of 7 progressive awards specifically designed to teach learners from 2 years – with or without an accompanying adult – basic swimming and water safety skills.

A child’s first learn to swim experience is one of the most important in terms of capturing and retaining their interest. We believe the best way to achieve this is to create safe environments in which children can be introduced to the water whilst having fun and by providing a progressive learn to swim programme that is both challenging and rewarding.

This series culminates with the STAnley Star award, which covers all the skills in the 7 awards ensuring that the learner is competent and confident in and around water.

The STAnley First Step Series is designed to teach children aged 2 years upwards to learn to swim. After completing the 7 steps of the STAnley First Steps Series, learners should progress to the Goldfish Series. Older children may wish to learn to swim using the Octopus Series.


1

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the teacher
  • Enter the water safely
  • Splash feet at water’s surface while supported by wall/ woggle/adult and then return to a standing position
  • Walk forwards, backwards and sideways through the water unaided for 5 metres.If in deeper water, unassisted walking actions may be substituted
  • Move through the water on the front for 2 metres, turn around and move back to start position
  • Move through the water for 2 metres on the back, roll to regain feet.
  • Blow a small object across the pool for 2 metres
  • Travel under a woggle bridge and through a shower created by a watering can
  • Push and glide on the front
  • Exit pool safely

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may be used.


2

Learning Outcomes

  • Show an understanding of poolside safety
  • Enter the water safely from the poolside
  • Blow bubbles into the water, with mouth or nose and mouth submerged
  • Move through the water for 2 metres on the front while blowing bubbles, return to an upright/standing position
  • Move through the water for 2 metres on the back using an alternating leg action, ears in water and return to an upright/standing position
  • Perform a star floating position on front or back
  • Use front paddle action to move a ball across the pool
  • Push and glide on the back
  • Roll from front to back, looking at the ceiling
  • Climb out of the pool safely

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may be used.


3

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer a question on poolside safety rules
  • Enter the water from poolside, move forward 1 metre, then return and exit the pool unassisted
  • Blow bubbles into the water with face submerged
  • Perform a star float while on the back and regain the feet
  • Move through the water while on the back, using an alternating leg action for 5 metres
  • Move through the water 5 metres on the front, using front paddle action
  • Complete a 360° turntable with feet off the pool floor
  • Roll from back to front and return onto the back
  • Jump or step into the water from poolside with hand support from a swimming teacher or assistant
  • Show treading water action with legs on woggle – (seahorses)

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may be used.


4

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 2 questions on poolside safety
  • Swim 5 metres of front paddle, roll onto back and swim 5 metres on the back
  • Bob up and down, submerging the face 4 times, exhaling underwater
  • Pick up an object from below the water surface
  • Perform 2 float positions, which may be in a sequence and performed on the front or the back
  • Push and glide on back, tuck and roll forward to return to poolside
  • Tread water, using arms and legs
  • Attempt a circular action of either arms or legs
  • Jump or step into pool safely unaided
  • Climb out of pool safely unaided
Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may be used.

5

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 2 questions on poolside rules
  • Swim 2 metres of front paddle or back paddle, without support
  • Hold 3 different types of floating positions, each for 3 seconds
  • Breathe rhythmically for 4 cycles, either supported or moving
  • Jump or step in from poolside, tread water, turn and swim back to poolside
  • Push off on the back and kick with a simultaneous leg action for 5 metres using a woggle or float
  • Perform a push and glide on the front, keeping the face in the water and blowing bubbles
  • Retrieve an object from bottom of pool
  • Demonstrate front crawl arm action
  • Demonstrate back crawl arm action

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may NOT be used.


6

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 2 water safety questions
  • Push and glide on the back, arms by side, ears in water
  • Swim through a submerged hoop
  • Swim 3 metres on front using a breaststroke type leg action, holding 2 floats or woggle
  • Swim 2 metres on the front and 2 metres back, paddle with a smooth transition in between (log roll)
  • Step, star or pencil jump into the pool, tread water then return to poolside
  • Hold the side of the pool and push off on the side under water
  • Swim on the front, tuck up and return swimming on the back
  • Swim 5 metres of either front crawl or back crawl
  • Scull forwards, backwards or in a circle, using a woggle

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may NOT be used.


7

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 3 water safety questions
  • Perform a star float, slowly change to a narrow float and return to a star float on either the front or back
  • Push and glide on back with arms stretched then roll onto front
  • Swim 2 metres, dolphin leg kick on the front or back
  • Tread water for 10 seconds
  • Swim 5 metres using a frog breaststroke type action of the arms and legs
  • Swim 10 metres of front crawl confidently, attempt side breathing
  • Swim 10 metres on the back confidently
  • Swim through a submerged hoop and retrieve an object
  • Scull/scoop head first ,using a woggle, and arms only

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may NOT be used.


Star

Learning Outcomes

  • Answer 4 water safety questions
  • Push and glide into a confident 10-metre swim
  • Push and glide or swim, travel through a submerged hoop, retrieve an object, and return to poolside
  • Use a float and kick on the front to collect 4 floating objects that are scattered around the pool. Return to poolside
  • Swim 2 metres on back, rolling over horizontally to swim 2 metres on front, rolling over horizontally to finish with a back star float
  • Push and glide from poolside on the back and kick for 2 metres, tuck up and roll forward on the vertical to swim back to poolside
  • Kick for 5 metres on the back, balancing a toy on a float
  • Jump into the water, swim to a raft (play raft) and climb onto it to sit down
  • Jump into the water, tread water while turning around, swim back to poolside
  • Exit the pool safely – over the poolside if possible or as the pool environment dictates – and continue off poolside to changing room

Swimming teacher or assistant in water is optional. Buoyancy aids may NOT be used.


 All information can also be found on the STA website.