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Stage 1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework
Learn to Swim Fish At the end of this stage participants will be able to:
  1. Enter the water safely
  2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
  3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
  4. Move sideways for distance of 5 metres
  5. Scoop the water and wash face
  6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead
  7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support
  8. Regain an upright position from on the back, with support
  9. Regain an upright position from on the front with support
  10. Push & glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
  11. Take part in a teacher led partner orientated game
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  13. Exit the water safely

In Stage1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework a pupil  will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Don’t forget the swimmers will be able to use aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.

Games

Games are a great way to encourage your pupils to practice the skills needed to complete this stage. The "Bean Game" is particularly useful for Stage 1 if you as the teacher take the lead and put the pupils into pairs.

Each child takes turns to copy the bean shape that the teacher calls out the name of. The player performs the movement or shape suggested by the type of bean e.g.

  • French: (standing streamlined like the Eiffel Tower)
  • Kidney: (performing a mushroom float)
  • Runner: (running round the pool)
  • String: (pencil float)

Agility, balance and co-ordination will be just some of the skill your pupils will improve with this game.




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