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Teaching Stages 4-7

Training times:

Tuesday 7-8pm - Daisyfield

The new teaching stages came in to replace the old improver’s 6-10 groups which were originally developed inline with the old national teaching plan.  The new stages now fall inline with the new NPTS which was developed by the ASA in 2007.  Reasoning behind the change to the new plan included being able to standardise and develop our teaching program to create a strong link between the teaching and coaching groups.  It would also allow us to develop a steady input of highly skilled and efficient swimmers into our coaching system. 

The stages are based on passing a number of outcomes to an ASA required standard.  Once all the outcomes have been passed, the teacher can recommend the child to move up a stage once under the discretion of our head teacher.  Once the swimmers have completed stage 7 they will be asked to move up into the first coaching squad – competitive D.  Other requirements for moving up into this group will be regular attendance at Tuesday night sessions and attendance at the club gala once old enough.  The outcomes of the stages are listed below.

 

STAGE 4

 

Aim: To develop stroke technique on the front and back working towards swimming 10 metres to the ASA Expected Standards on one stroke.  To complete Stage 4, participants will be able to achieve in comfort the following skills:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  • Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  • Perform a sequence of changing shapes (min 3) while floating on the surface
  • Push & glide from the wall to the pool floor
  • Kick 10 metres Backstroke
  • Kick 10 metres Frontcrawl
  • Kick 10 metres Butterfly
  • Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the front
  • Kick 10 metres Breaststroke on the back
  • Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
  • Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
  • Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
  • Swim 10 metres, own choice to ASA Expected Standards

(13 outcomes)

STAGE 5

 

Aim: To develop technique of Frontcrawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly, working towards swimming 10 metres to ASA Expected Standards on all four strokes.  To complete Stage 5, participants will be able to achieve in comfort, the following skills:

  • Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
  • Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back
  • Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water
  • Swim 10 metres Backstroke to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 10 metres Frontcrawl to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 10 metres Breaststroke to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 10 metres Butterfly to ASA Expected Standards
  • Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds
  • Demonstrate an action for getting help

(13 Outcomes)

STAGE 6

 

Aim: To develop technique of Frontcrawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly working towards swimming 25 metres to ASA Expected Standards on all four strokes.  To complete Stage 6 participants will be able to achieve in comfort, the following skills:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
  • Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke
  • Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Frontcrawl
  • Swim 10 metres with clothes on
  • Swim Frontcrawl to ASA Expected Standards to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  • Swim Breaststroke to ASA Expected Standards to include at least six rhythmical breaths
  • Swim Butterfly to ASA Expected Standards to include at least three rhythmical breaths
  • Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke to ASA Expected Standards
  • Perform a ‘Shout & Signal’ rescue
  • Perform a surface dive
  • Exit the water without using the steps

(11 outcomes)

STAGE 7

 

Aim: To develop stroke technique on Frontcrawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly, working towards swimming 50 metres to ASA Expected Standards on all four strokes.  To complete Stage 7, participants will be able to achieve in comfort, the following skills:

  • Swim 50 metres Backstroke to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 50 metres Frontcrawl to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 50 metres Breaststroke to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 50 metres Butterfly to ASA Expected Standards
  • Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:
  • Sculling –head first, feet first; rotation – forward/backward somersault, log roll; floating – star on the front/back, tuck float, create own: Eggbeater – moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water, link skills with strokes and sculls
  • Perform a sitting dive
  • Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke to ASA Expected Standards
  • Swim 200 metres using a minimum of 3 different strokes to ASA Expected Standards
  • Tread water using egg beater action for 30 seconds
  • Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of 4 objects) with feet off the bottom throughout

(10 outcomes)

       
     
 
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