Swim Englan Criteria – 2013

NATIONAL PLAN for TEACHING SWIMMING

Stage Descriptors There are 10 stages of the NPTS 2007, along with numerous awards that compliment the National Plan as swimmers progress. Details of the stages are outlined below.

All activities to be performed with or without aids (including armbands) and/or support Showing understanding of hand movements to alter direction

Teaching Plan for the 10 stages of the ASA National Plan for teaching swimming.

STAGE 1

1. Enter the water safely – using Ladders (handrail, backwards), Seat Swivel (keep chest off side of pool)
2. Move forwards for a distance of 5m – walking, hopping, skipping in a variety of water depths with a variety of aids
3. Move backwards for a distance of 5m – as 2 above
4. Move sideways for a distance of 5m – as 2 above
5. Scoop the water and wash the face – Lots of water with confidence; blink/blow to clear water
6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead – as 5 above
7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support – Feel buoyancy and the effect of thehead position
8. Regain an upright position from on the back with support – Rotation through use of head and hand movements
9. Regain an upright position from on the front with support – as 8 above
10. Push & Glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall – Front & Back; control face in or close to water
11. Take part in a teacher led, partner oriented game – Follow the leader, mirror images etc. for exploration
12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules – Questions & Answers on pool signs, whistles, hygiene etc.
13. Exit the water safely – Steps, ladder, side of pool

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL

STAGE 2

Gaining confidence in all water depths with/without aids and supports, though some experience is necessary NO GOGGLES allowed
1. Jump in from pool side safely – Deep end or Shallow end, but with confidence
2. Blow bubbles a minimum of 3 times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged – relaxed
3. Regain upright position from the back without support – Show head, arm and hand movements
4. Regain upright position from the front without support – As 3 above but starting with face in the water
5. Push from the wall and glide on the back – With aids but NO support, showing head in water, balance and streamlining
6. Push from the wall and glide on the front – as 5 above
7. Travel on the back for 5m, aids or equipment may be used – feet of the bottom; kick & paddle arm action OK
8. Travel on the front for 5m, aids or equipment may be used – as 7 above
9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to regain an upright position – Log roll or half summersault
10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to regain an upright position – As 9 above

EMSA Additions:
5 meters Front crawl
5 meters Backstroke

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL NATIONAL PLAN for TEACHING SWIMMING

STAGE 3

NO AIDS OR SUPPORT ALLOWED other than that which is stated
1. Jump in from pool side and submerge – Bend knees on landing to submerge completely if in shallow water
2. Sink and push away from wall on side and maintain a streamline position – Sink, on side, hold glide
3. Push and glide on front with arms extended and log roll onto the back – Face in water; full extension of body
4. Push and glide on back with arms extended and log roll onto front – glide to be maintained
5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back – Half summersault
6. Fully submerge to pick up an object – Eyes open
7. Answer correctly 3 questions on the Water Safety Code
8. Travel 10m on the back – Horizontal position, paddle or legs only is acceptable
9. Travel 10m on the front – Horizontal position with face in the water, arms & legs, paddle action only is acceptable

EMSA Additions:
10 meters Front crawl
10 meters Backstroke
5 meters breaststroke

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL

STAGE 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy – Effect of different types of buoyancy aids/toys on flotation
2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds – Balance, hold still
3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of 3) whilst floating at the surface – Keep body horizontal,feet off the floor throughout, shapes flow from one to the next
4. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor – Streamlined and smooth; diving down by raising hips
5. Kick 10m Backstroke – Only one item of equipment allowed; held over legs or extended overhead
6. Kick 10m Front Crawl – Only one item of equipment allowed; face in
7. Kick 10m Butterfly on the front or back – One item of equipment allowed to isolate movement but give min. bouyancy
8. Kick 10m Breaststroke on the back – No equipment
9. Kick 10m Breaststroke on the front – Only one item of equipment allowed; face in water with regular breathing
10. Perform, on the back, a head first sculling action for 5m in a horizontal position
11. Travel on the back and roll, in one continuous movement, onto the front – Log roll kicking throughout
12. Travel on the front and roll, in one continuous action, onto the back – Lead with the head and maintain rhythm 13. Swim 10m; choice of stroke is optional – Correct and to ASA expected standards

EMSA Additions:
20 meters front crawl
20 meters backstroke
10 meters breaststroke
5 meters butterfly

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL NATIONAL PLAN for TEACHING SWIMMING

STAGE 5

1. Perform a horizontal, stationary scull on the back – Figure of 8 hand movements with palms down
2. Perform feet first sculling action for 5m whilst horizontal on the back – Legs together with toes pointed
3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30 to 45 seconds to include a rotation – log roll and/or spin
4. Tread water for 30 seconds – head clear of water; stress free; vertical & stationary; any of breaststroke, scissor or egg-beater leg kicks allowed
5. Perform 3 different shaped jumps into deep water – Good body tension and control on takeoff, flight and landing
6. Swim 10m Backstroke – Showing competency and to ASA standards
7. Swim 10m Front Crawl with face in the water – Showing competency and to ASA standards;unilateral or bilateral breathing pattern acceptable
8. Swim 10m Breaststroke – Showing competency and to ASA standards
9. Swim 10m Butterfly – Showing competency and to ASA standards; breath every OR every other arm cycle
10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of 3 seconds – Shallow or Deep water (hang);
extended legs together with toes pointed
11. Perform a forward summersault, tucked, in the water – Smooth start with push & glide or swim;
Finish in a standing position or with a swim
12. Demonstrate an action for getting help – Treading water; waving arm(s); calling

EMSA Additions:
50 meters front crawl
50 meters backstroke
20 meters breaststroke
10 meters butterfly

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL

STAGE 6

1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise – Q & A; Warm up; equipment; hygiene; food & drink
2. Sink, push on the side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Backstroke – Transition with single arm pull
3. Sink, push on the side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into Front Crawl – Transition with single arm pull
4. Swim 10m with clothes on – Minimum of shorts & T-shirt; choice of stroke including backstroke
5. Swim Front Crawl to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths – Unilateral or bilateral patterns; keep body alignment; Stroke must meet ASA standards
6. Swim Breaststroke to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths – Stroke must meet ASA standards
7. Swim Butterfly to include at least 6 rhythmical breaths – Choice of arm cycle (1 or 2);
Stroke must meet ASA standards
8. Swim 25m, choice of stroke is optional – Stroke must meet ASA standards
9. Perform a “Shout and Signal” rescue – From a rescuer’s point of view, shout for help, then talk the victim into the side
10. Perform a surface dive – Head first or Feet first (HF from horizontal – FF start vertical);
Rotate underwater and swim to the side underwater
11. Exit the water without using the steps – On the side of the pool, push up (keep chest off side), put knee on side; stand up

EMSA Additions:
100 meters
200 meters

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL NATIONAL PLAN for TEACHING SWIMMING

STAGE 7

1. Swim 25m Backstroke – To ASA expected standards; correct start and finish
2. Swim 25m Front Crawl – To ASA expected standards; correct start & finish; unilateral or bilateral breathing in rhythm
3. Swim 25m Breaststroke – To ASA expected standards; correct start and finish
4. Swim 25m Butterfly – To ASA expected standards; correct start and finish; choice of breathing cycle but in rhythm
5. Perform a movement sequence of 60 seconds duration, in a group of 3 or more, incorporating a number of the following skills: SCULLING – ROTATION – FLOATING – EGGBEATER KICK – Smooth, flowing transitions – showing a routine of the skills
6. Perform a sitting dive – Preparation; rotation; controlled hands on first entry; glide and hold streamlining
7. Swim 50m continuously, using ONE stroke – Choice of stroke but must be maintained for the entire distance; must meet ASA expected standards; correct start, turn (touch) and finish
8. Swim 100m, using 3 different strokes – Minimum of 25m per stroke; maintain ASA standards over entire distance; Turns not required to comply with FINA rules but must be smooth
9. Tread water using the eggbeater action for 30 seconds – Vertical; head kept out of water; arms behind the back; stable; thighs are still and wide with relatively high knees whilst lower leg rotates
10. Complete an obstacle course (minimum of 4 objects including: OVER – UNDER – AROUND – THROUGH) with feet OFF the bottom of the pool throughout – Other swimmers may be used as obstacles; must be performed at ease and continuously; climb out of pool on completion without the chest touching the pool side

EMSA Additions:
400 meters

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL

STAGE 8

COMPETITIVE SWIMMING
1. Complete a set lasting 400m (e.g. 16 x 25m) on a specific turn around time (e.g. 60 seconds for each 25m) – Demonstrate the correct use of the Pace Clock
2. Swim 400m continuously using only ONE stroke – Choice of stroke but must comply with ASA expected standards; correct start, turns and finish
3. Kick 25m Backstroke with / without using a board – Hands (and board, if applicable) extended above the head
4. Kick 25m Breaststroke with / without a board
5. Kick 25m Butterfly without a board
6. Kick 25m Front Crawl with / without a board
7. Perform a Backstroke turn from 10m IN to 15m OUT of the wall – Tumble 8. Perform a Breaststroke turn from 10m IN to 15m OUT of the wall – Power Pull 9. Perform a Butterfly turn from 10m IN to 15m OUT of the wall – 10. Perform a Front Crawl turn from 10m IN to 15m OUT of the wall – Tumble

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PASSED TO ACHIEVE THE LEVEL NATIONAL PLAN for TEACHING SWIMMING

STAGE 9

COMPETITIVE SWIMMING
1. Complete a set lasting 800m (e.g. 16 x 50m or 8 x 100m or 4 x 200m) on a specific turn around time (e.g. 1:30mins for 50m’s or 2:45mins for 100m’s or 6:00mins for 200m’s) – correct use of Pace Clock
2. Swim 800m continuously using only ONE stroke – Choice of stroke but must comply with ASA expected standards; correct start, turns and finish
3. Swim a continuous Individual Medley using legal turns – Butterfly / Backstroke / Breaststroke / Front Crawl
4. Perform a 15m underwater kick on the front in a streamlined position – dolphin or flutter
5. Perform a Backstroke start, followed by a Butterfly kick underwater in a streamlined position for a minimum of 10m from the starting point (wall); transfer into the stroke (one arm pull) and complete the remainder of the 25m swim
6. Perform a Front Crawl start, underwater kick (dolphin or flutter) in a streamlined position for a minimum of 10m from the starting point (wall); transfer into the stroke (one arm pull) and complete the remainder of the 25m swim
7. Perform a Butterfly start, underwater kick (dolphin) in a streamlined position for a minimum of 10m from the starting point (wall); transfer into the stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m swim
8. Perform a Breaststroke start; perform a ‘power pull and kick’; transfer into the full stroke and complete the remainder of the 25m swim

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PERFORMED WITH CONSISTENT EASE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS LEVEL

STAGE 10

COMPETITIVE SWIMMING
1. Complete a set lasting 1600m (e.g. 16 x 100m or 8 x 200m or 4 x 400m) on a specific turn around time (e.g. 2:30mins for 100m’s or 5:30mins for 200m’s or 12:00mins for 400m’s) – correct use of Pace Clock
2. Swim 1500m continuously choosing only ONE stroke – to ASA expected standards; correct start, turns and finish
3. Perform a continuous 100m Kick without using a kickboard
4. Swim a continuous 200m Individual Medley using legal turns
5. Perform a 15m underwater Butterfly kick on the back or front in a streamlined position
6. Perform a Front Crawl relay take-over – as an incoming swimmer
7. Perform a Front Crawl relay take-over – as an outgoing swimmer

ALL OUTCOMES MUST BE PERFORMED WITH CONSISTENT EASE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS LEVEL