We believe that rewarding children for the developments in the pool each term is a great way to keep them motivated and enthusiastic for every session.
Our Jump Into Swimming Award’s system has been specifically designed for the four in the class structure. Each level progresses from the previous level enhancing the skills and aiding development.
The awards range from one through to six, with level one focusing on increasing water confidence and six applying water skills to set distances. We also provide distance awards alongside the Jump Into Swimming Awards. Awards are issued on the last week of the term alongside enrolments.
Please see details below for each award and their specific criteria.
Jump Into Swimming Award One
This award is aimed at beginners and new starters to the water environment –the certificate is to encourage enthusiasm for swimming at an early level. This is introducing the swimmers to the water and aims to get them at ease with the lesson format.
- Enter the water in a safe manner, this maybe via steps or from a sitting position
- Using a woggle kick for a distance of 5 metres on front
- Using a woggle kick for a distance of 5 metres on back
- Using a woggle attempt a breaststroke leg kick on front/back
- Blow bubbles at the water’s surface for three seconds
- Move 5 metres using a series of walks, runs & jumps
- Exit the water in a safe manner
Jump Into Swimming Award Two
This award aims to introduce each swimmer to the basic principles of swimming – (floating & blowing bubbles) -after this award the swimmer should be ready for the introduction of arms on all three strokes.
- Make a supervised jump to an instructor – can jump to a woggle for assistance
- Using two floats kick for a distance of 5 metres on front – faces must be in the water blowing bubbles
- Using two floats kick for a distance of 5 metres on back
- The ability to show breaststroke leg kick ensuring feet are turning out and straight legs are shown at the end of the kick (Using woggles)
- Using a flotation device – perform a push and glide
- Submerge completely whilst blowing bubbles
- Climb out of the water without adult support
Jump Into Swimming Award Three
The Jump Into Swimming Award Three aims to introduce the swimmers to the specific swimming strokes and the movements that each incorporates. Upon receiving the Level Three Award swimmers should be able to explain the arm and leg movements of all three swimming strokes. Understanding – The ability to explain and attempt (Floatation equipment can be used).
- Holding a float in front – kick for a distance of 5 metres (Instructor may hold other end of the float for reassurance – faces must be submerged)
- Holding a float across the chest kick 5 metres on backs (Instructor may hold the head for reassurance)
- An understanding of how arm movements work on front crawl
- An understanding of how arm movements work on backstroke
- An understanding of how arms and legs work together to form full breaststroke (Armbands can be used to provide support/balance)
- Perform a push and glide holding a single float – faces should be submerged
- Float on front and back without adult support for three seconds
Jump Into Swimming Award Four
Jump Into Swimming Award Four continues to focus on the specific movements that each stroke incorporates. Elements of correct breathing will be introduced and swimmers will be expected to produce the correct arm and leg movements required for the three strokes. Clear Demonstration – The ability to show the teacher the required task using the correct technique.
- Jump unaided but supervised into the water and return to the side.
- Show a mushroom float and a star float without assistance
- Perform a push and glide with arms extended in front without assistance
- Perform a push and glide on back with arms extended overhead without assistance
- A clear demonstration of how arm movements work on front crawl – attempts should be made to breathe to the side
- A clear demonstration of how arm movements work on backstroke
- An attempt at swimming 5 metres breaststroke without adult support
Jump Into Swimming Award Five
This award incorporates distance as well as specific stroke techniques. Swimmers will be tested to see if they can apply the correct technique over a set distance. Teachers will continue to work on fixing small elements of each stroke. This award also introduces swimmers to the final stroke, Butterfly.
- Using a star jump or pencil jump enter the water with supervision and return to the side.
- Swim a distance of 10 metres using front crawl – the swimmer should demonstrate the correct technique (breathing to the side)
- Swim a distance of 15 metres using backstroke
- Swim a distance of 10 metres breaststroke – swimmers should attempt to incorporate the correct breathing technique
- Attempt a butterfly leg kick – arms can be extended or placed by side
- Perform a push and glide on back with arms extended overhead and kick for 10 metres
- Collect a sinking object from a depth of 1.6 metres– surface dive should be used
- Perform a series of push and glides with rotation from fronts to back and back to fronts.
Jump Into Swimming Award Six
Jump Into Swimming Award Six challenges swimmers with increased swimming distance. Correct stroke technique will continue to be reinforced and applied to the set distances.
- Perform three different jumps into the water – all jumps should be performed in a safe manner (pencil, star, straddle & tuck jump)
- Swim 20 Metres Front Crawl – the swimmer should demonstrate the correct technique
- Swim 25 metres using backstroke.
- Swim 20 metres using breaststroke – The distance should incorporate the correct breathing technique and extended glide.
- Attempt a forwards roll in the water
- An understanding of how arm movements work using butterfly
- Perform an underwater butterfly kick in a streamlined position
- Perform a sculling sequence for 10 metres – (Both feet first and head first actions should be performed)
Jump Into Swimming Award Seven
The final award of the scheme assesses each swimmer’s ability to swim all four strokes – it also provides swimmers with some lifesaving skills along with an introduction to competitive swimming.
- Swim a distance of 15 Metres Butterfly showing the correct technique
- Swim a distance of 50 Metres Backstroke
- Swim a distance of 50 Metres Breaststroke – The distance should incorporate the correct breathing technique and extended glide.
- Swim a distance of 50 Metres Front Crawl – using bi-lateral breathing.
- Tread Water for Thirty Seconds – Egg beater kick should be used.
- Perform A Standing Dive – Arms and legs extended on entry.
- Swim 10 Metres Wearing Clothing Items
- Perform a 25 Metre Sprint using a stroke of the swimmers choice.
Jump Into Swimming Distance Badges
The distance badges will run directly alongside the Jump Into Swimming Awards. Individual stroke awards can be issued upon parent’s request.
- 5 metre certificate – Can be performed using a single stroke
- 10 metre certificate – Can be performed using one stroke – Correct technique must be shown. (EG: Breathing to the side on front, arms straight on backstroke)
- 15 metre certificate – 10 metres using one stroke showing correct technique & 5 metres using an alternative stroke.
- 20 metre certificate – Swimmers should swim 20 Metre’s using Front Crawl or Breaststroke.
- 25 metre certificate – Swimmers should show 25 metres using front crawl/breaststroke. Swimmers should also show 25 metres using backstroke. (Can be performed individually)
- 50 metre certificate – One full length using front crawl/breaststroke followed immediately by one full length using backstroke.
- 100 metre certificate – Swimmers should swim two lengths using front crawl/breaststroke and two lengths using backstroke (must be continuous swimming).
- 200 metre certificate – Swimmers should demonstrate all three strokes within the set distance.
- 400 metre/800 metre/1000 metre/1 mile certificate – Swimmers should demonstrate all three strokes within the set distance.