STAnley Series

The STAnley First Steps Series is an exciting series of 7 progressive awards specifically designed to teach learners from 2 years – with 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.

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For the lower STAnley levels underwater photography is not recommended whilst we build confidence.

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STAnley 1
Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the teacher

  2. Enter the water safely

  3. Splash feet at water’s surface while supported by wall/ woggle/adult and then return to a standing position

  4. Walk forwards, backwards and sideways through the water unaided for 5 metres.If in deeper water, unassisted walking actions may be substituted

  5. Move through the water on the front for 2 metres, turn around and move back to start position

  6. Move through the water for 2 metres on the back, roll to regain feet.

  7. Blow a small object across the pool for 2 metres

  8. Travel under a woggle bridge and through a shower created by a watering can

  9. Push and glide on the front

  10. Exit pool safely

 
 
 

What you need to join this class :

Toddler needs to be at least 20 months be able to stand unaided .

This level is ideal for either those toddlers that have completed STArfish programme or Advanced ducklings (Swim England ) or for those toddlers that have had no prior swimming lesson experience.

Parent will need to be in the pool

STAnley 2
Learning Outcomes
  1. Show an understanding of poolside safety

  2. Enter the water safely from the poolside

  3. Blow bubbles into the water, with mouth or nose and mouth submerged

  4. Move through the water for 2 metres on the front while blowing bubbles, return to an upright/standing position

  5. 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

  6. Perform a star floating position on front or back

  7. Use front paddle action to move a ball across the pool

  8. Push and glide on the back

  9. Roll from front to back, looking at the ceiling

  10. Climb out of the pool safely

What you need to join this class

Toddler needs to be at least 22 months old and or either completed STAnley 1 / Advanced Ducklings (Swim England) or has had no previous swimming lesson experience.

Toddler needs to be comfortable with submersion, be able to walk and sit  unaided .Parent will need to be in the pool

STAnley 3
Learning Outcomes
  1. Answer a question on poolside safety rules

  2. Enter the water from poolside, move forward 1 metre, then return and exit the pool unassisted

  3. Blow bubbles into the water with face submerged

  4. Perform a star float while on the back and regain the feet

  5. Move through the water while on the back, using an alternating leg action for 5 metres

  6. Move through the water 5 metres on the front, using front paddle action

  7. Complete a 360° turntable with feet off the pool floor

  8. Roll from back to front and return onto the back

  9. Jump or step into the water from poolside with hand support from a swimming teacher or assistant

  10. Show treading water action with legs on woggle – (seahorses)

What you need to join this class :

Toddler needs to be at least 28 months old and   or  either have completed STAnley 2 / Advanced Ducklings (swim England) or has had no previous swimming lesson experience

Toddler needs to be comfortable with submersion, be able to walk and sit  unaided .

Parent will need to be in the pool.

 
STAnley 4
Learning Outcomes
  1. Answer 2 questions on poolside safety

  2. Swim 5 metres of front paddle, roll onto back and swim 5 metres on the back

  3. Bob up and down, submerging the face 4 times, exhaling underwater

  4. Pick up an object from below the water surface

  5. Perform 2 float positions, which may be in a sequence and performed on the front or the back

  6. Push and glide on back, tuck and roll forward to return to poolside

  7. Tread water, using arms and legs

  8. Attempt a circular action of either arms or legs

  9. Jump or step into pool safely unaided

  10. Climb out of pool safely unaided

What you need to join this class :

Toddler needs to be at least 32 months old and or either have completed STAnley 3 /Advanced Ducklings (Swim England) or has had no previous swimming lesson experience.

Toddler needs to be able perform a star float and a narrow float this may be with parent help and toddler will need to be able to front paddle unaided for at least 2 meters on their front and on their back.

Toddler needs to be comfortable with submersion and  be able to walk and sit  unaided .

Parent will need to be in the pool.

 
 
STAnley 5
Learning Outcomes
  1. Answer 2 questions on poolside rules

  2. Swim 2 metres of front paddle or back paddle, without support

  3. Hold 3 different types of floating positions, each for 3 seconds

  4. Breathe rhythmically for 4 cycles, either supported or moving

  5. Jump or step in from poolside, tread water, turn and swim back to poolside

  6. Push off on the back and kick with a simultaneous leg action for 5 metres using a woggle or float

  7. Perform a push and glide on the front, keeping the face in the water and blowing bubbles

  8. Retrieve an object from bottom of pool

  9. Demonstrate front crawl arm action

  10. Demonstrate back crawl arm action

What you need to join this class :

Toddler needs to be at least 38 months old and or either have completed STAnley 4/Stage 1 (Swim England) or has had no previous swimming lesson experience.

Toddler needs to be able perform a star float and a narrow float this may be with parent help and toddler will need to be able to front paddle unaided for at least 5 meters on their front and on their back.

Toddler needs to be comfortable with submersion and  be able to walk and sit  unaided .

Parent will need to be in the pool.

STAnley 6
Learning Outcomes
  1. Answer 2 water safety questions

  2. Push and glide on the back, arms by side, ears in water

  3. Swim through a submerged hoop

  4. Swim 3 metres on front using a breaststroke type leg action, holding 2 floats or woggle

  5. Swim 2 metres on the front and 2 metres back, paddle with a smooth transition in between (log roll)

  6. Step, star or pencil jump into the pool, tread water then return to poolside

  7. Hold the side of the pool and push off on the side under water

  8. Swim on the front, tuck up and return swimming on the back

  9. Swim 5 metres of either front crawl or back crawl

  10. Scull forwards, backwards or in a circle, using a woggle

What you need to join this class :

Child needs to be at least  4 years old and or either  have completed STAnley 5 /Stage 1 (Swim England).

child needs to be able perform a star float and a narrow float this may be with parent help and child will need to be able to front paddle unaided for at least 5 meters on their front and on their back.

Child needs to have a basic understanding of the differences between  Front crawl , back crawl (not necessarily be able to perform them)

Parent will need to be in the pool.

STAnley 7
Learning Outcomes
  1. Answer 3 water safety questions

  2. Perform a star float, slowly change to a narrow float and return to a star float on either the front or back

  3. Push and glide on back with arms stretched then roll onto front

  4. Swim 2 metres, dolphin leg kick on the front or back

  5. Tread water for 10 seconds

  6. Swim 5 metres using a frog breaststroke type action of the arms and legs

  7. Swim 10 metres of front crawl confidently, attempt side breathing

  8. Swim 10 metres on the back confidently

  9. Swim through a submerged hoop and retrieve an object

  10. Scull/scoop head first ,using a woggle, and arms only

What you need to join this class :

Child needs to be at least  4 years old and or either  have completed STAnley 6 or Stage 2 Swim England

Your child will need to be able to:

swim 5 meters front crawl with breathing

Swim 5 meters Back stroke

Swim 2 meters Breast stroke

Tread water for at least 10 seconds

Push and glide on their front

Push and Glide on their back

Perform 3 types of floats and hold them for at least 3 seconds

Have a basic understanding of sculling.

Parent will need to be in the pool.

 
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