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We use the Swim England's (formerly Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) National Plan for teaching swimming template current edition (NPTS), as part of our teaching program.

The NPTS is a comprehensive and progressive teaching program upon sound technical and educational principles.

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming throughout England.  Visit the Swim England website.

As part of the new edition NPTS we run Rookie Lifeguard Courses in which we use the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) teaching programme. Visit the RLSS website.

Adult & Child - (Ducklings)

This is the foundation phase of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).

The foundation phase consists of five awards called Duckling Awards & the Adult & Child Award; these awards are designed to equip your child in basic water confidence at a young age before they are introduced to group lessons.

Duckling Awards

Duckling Awards 1 WSThe Duckling Awards are designed to help babies and toddlers explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. With the help of their parents/carers, the Duckling Awards support the National Plan for Teaching Swimming and help to develop and boost confidence of very young children, both in and out of the water.

Children participating in both these awards should be at least five months old and have completed his/her triple injection. The child must be accompanied by an adult while in the water (less than 1.5m deep), during teaching sessions and the test.

Adults and carers continue to accompany and support the child throughout each session and the child is rewarded at each stage with bright and colourful Awards. Buoyancy aids (including armbands, floats or a SwimFin etc) can be used in the first four grades as the child learns how to float and gets used to being in the water.


pdf buttonDucking Awards Syllabus

Adult & Child Award

Adult Child Award WS

This award helps both adult and child to explore the world of swimming in safety and in confidence.

The Adult & Child Award rewards the accompanying adult with a certificate. There are six practical skills that need to be mastered by the adult and there is a short, written test on their knowledge of water safety, handling and support.

The Awards certificate is all the more special because it has been designed to incorporate a photograph of your choice.

pdf buttonAdult & Child Award Syllabus

Learn to Swim Award

Learn to Swim Awards

This range of awards is the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).

There are 10 stages in total, for each award to be gained; the participant will be required to achieve all outcomes of the stage, consistently over the duration of the swimming term, if the participant does not achieve all outcomes of the stage they will repeat the same stage the following term until all outcomes have been achieved consistently.

pdf buttonNational Swim Award Syllabus - Stages 1-7

pdf documentNational Swim Award Syllabus - Stages 8-10

Additional Needs Awards

Alpha Step Awards

The Alpha Step Awards are a series of three awards that were created to maximise the potential and the enjoyment of all swimmers.

These provide small stepping stones for those individuals who may need additional support. The awards are particularly relevant for the shy/timid child, the tentative adult and some disabled individuals as they help to develop the early stages of buoyancy, coordination, spatial awareness, aquatic breathing, as well as entries and exits.

The scheme consists of basic water confidence and aquatic skills that once mastered, will enable a smooth transition for the learner into Stage 1 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming.

pdf buttonAlpha Steps Award Syllabus

Puffin & Rainbow Distance Award

Puffin Award WSThis comprehensive collection of distance awards ranges from five metres with a buoyancy aid (Puffin) through to 5,000 metres.

This range of awards is designed to motivate children to swim longer distances by increasing the distance gradually over the 19 Awards in the series. This helps young swimmers to develop their confidence, ability and stroke techniques along the way.


Rainbow Distance Award 5m WS






Rainbow Stroke Award

Swimming Stroke Award Breaststroke WSThe Rainbow Stroke Distance Awards have been designed to complement the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (2007 edition) by developing and encouraging better techniques and stroke standards.

It is vital that swimmers develop good technique as early as possible and these Awards can be used to reward and encourage the development of good stroke techniques.

These stroke awards have been graded to encourage young children to reach for their next goal. The Awards offer achievable steps which help to develop techniques and skills as well as ensuring young swimmers also have fun.

Rookie Lifeguard

rookielifeguard awardsIf your children are budding lifeguards, then the Rookie Lifeguard Award should be just what you are looking for.

As well as offering parents the comfort of knowing their children are aware of the dangers of swimming in open water, the Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards ensure children have a solid safety education, and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques.

The programme features swimming and lifesaving skills supported by the water safety education, allowing participants to enjoy swimming as an activity and, vitally, to protect their lives should an accident occur in or out of the water.

Each stage is sub-divided into three levels and each stage runs roughly for 8-10 weeks. Your children can enter a course at any point during the stage and progress at his or her own speed.

The Rookie Lifeguard Programme also comes with the Water Safety Award, the Life Support Award and the Achievement Awards.

Rookie Lifeguards will work towards bronze, silver and gold awards, with three awards at each level, which is part of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) Stages 8, 9, & 10.

The Rookie Lifeguard programme is aimed primarily at children from eight years old and above.

For more information on Rookie Lifeguard please contact us 

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