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Swim School Journey


43079 text from 51497Our pre-designed swimming programme incorporates the ASA National Standard for swimming inclusive of stages 1 through to 10.

A brief description of each of our stages can be found below. This provides you with an insight into your child’s development and progression. We also offer pre swim school sessions for babies and toddlers, for more information please visit the lessons and courses section or view ourpdfSwim School Journey leaflet.

Stage 1. Here children learn more safety awareness, basic movement skills and water confidence as well as the basics of all the strokes.

Stage 2. Here we develop safe entries into the water, basic floating, travelling and rotation unaided to regain upright positions.

Stage 3. At this stage, we start to develop safe entries including submersion, travelling 10m on both front and back, progressing rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Stage 4. Once the swimmers have reached this stage, they are moving from being beginners into improvers. We start to develop the understanding of buoyancy, refining the kicking techniques for all strokes and swimming 10m in all strokes to a given standard set by the ASA.

Stage 5. Here we develop 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation. All strokes are performed to the given standard set by the ASA.

Stage 6. At this stage swimmers are moving from improvers to competent swimmers. We develop effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.

Stage 7. It is here we develop quality stroke techniques up to 100m, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and successfully complete an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills learnt throughout Stages 1 – 7.

From this point we offer two different routes from which the swimmer can choose for the next stage in their swimming journey, competitive swimming or rookie lifeguard.

Competitive Swimming


swim-squirrelThese sessions are 45 minutes in length and follow on from Stage 7. The classes prepare the swimmers for competitive participation in Formby swim club as well as a great way to keep fit healthy through aquatics.

For more information please refer to our Swimming club section.

Rookie Lifeguard


This is developed in association with the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS). It teaches basic personal survival and lifesaving skills and is split into 3 achievement levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold which are attained throughout the programme.

Rookie Lifeguard sessions are offered on Saturdays from 12 till 1. The 1 hour session compromises of 30 minutes theory and 30 minutes practical (Water based).

For details regarding when rookie sessions take place please refer to our “what’s on when” section. For more information please contact our reception team on 01704 879366.