LEARN TO SWIM

Quality Swimming Lessons For All Levels

It’s never too late to learn how to swim!

To join TSWPC your child must first pass the 6 certification stages set out by our partners at the Pelican Centre, based in the heart of Tyldesley. Whether they are brand new to the sport or can already demonstrate some of the skills and techniques needed to skip a few levels, the Pelican Team will provide your child with a thorough assessment and then assign them to the correct stage.

Once they have completed the first 6 stages your son/daughter will be offered the chance to join Stage 7 – The Pelican Academy.

The Pelican Academy was set-up to further progress the swimmers development and allow TSWPC to identify children who are ready, should they wish to swim once a week and train with our highly experienced club coaches.

Pelican Centre Swim Framework Stage 1

By completing this Award, with or without flotation equipment or support, the participant will be able to:
  • Enter the water safely and must be able to jump in
  • Move forwards, backwards and side wards for 5 metres
  • Scoop water and wash face confidently
  • Be at ease with water being showered over the head
  • Move into a stretched floating position and hold for 3 – 5 seconds
  • Regain an upright position from front and back
  • Take part in a teacher led game or activity
  • Swim 5 metres on back unaided
  • Swim 5 metres on front unaided, with ability to put face in
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
  • Be confident without the use of armbands
  • Exit the water safely

Pelican Centre Swim Framework Stage 2

By completing this Award, with or without flotation equipment or support, the participant will be able to:
  • Jump in safely, minimum depth 2 metres
  • Blow bubbles rhythmically
  • Push and glide on front/back
  • Swim 10 metres on front, face in and arms over
  • Swim 10 metres on back with arms over
  • Perform a rotation from front to back
  • Perform a rotation from back to front
  • Show basic breaststroke leg action
  • Must be confident out of their depth

Pelican Centre Swim Framework Stage 3

By completing this Award, without flotation equipment or support, the participant will be able to:
  • Jump in from poolside and fully submerge
  • Sink push and glide on front, when surface roll onto back
  • Sink push and glide on back, when surface roll onto front
  • Submerge to pick up an object from the pool floor
  • Answer 3 questions correctly from the water safety code
  • Swim 10 metres front crawl with correct technique
  • Swim 10 metres backstroke with correct technique
  • Swim 10 metres breaststroke with correct technique – pull, breath, kick
  • Must be able to achieve 25 metres

Pelican Centre Swim Framework Stage 4

By completing this Award, without flotation equipment or support, the participant will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
  • Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
  • Perform a sequence of changing shapes whilst floating
  • Using a float kick 10 metres of all strokes
  • Swim 25 metres front crawl correct technique
  • Swim 25 metres backstroke correct technique
  • Swim 25 metres breaststroke correct technique – pull, breath, kick, glide
  • Perform a head first sculling action for 5 metres
  • Introduce treading water
  • Must be able to achieve 50 metres

Pelican Centre Swim Framework Stage 5

By completing this Award, the participant will be able to:
  • Perform a head first sculling action for 10 metres
  • Perform a feet first sculling action for 10 metres
  • Sculling sequence with partner and rotation for 30- 45 seconds
  • Tread water for 60 seconds
  • Swim 50 metres front crawl correct technique
  • Swim 50 metres backstroke correct technique
  • Swim 50 metres breaststroke correct technique
  • Introduce butterfly leg kick and breathing
  • Perform a handstand
  • Perform a forward somersault
  • Demonstrate an action for getting help
  • Must be able to achieve 100 metres

Pelican Centre Framework Stage 6

By completing this Award, the participant will be able to:
  • Show an understanding of preparation for exercise
  • Sink, push off and begin to kick
  • Sink, push off, glide and rotate into front crawl
  • Swim 10 metres wearing clothes
  • Swim 100 metres front crawl correct technique
  • Swim 100 metres backstroke correct technique
  • Swim 100 metres breaststroke correct technique

Pelican Centre Swim Framework Stage 7

By completing this Award, the participant will be able to:
  • Swim 50 metres front crawl to ASA club standard with correct turns and finishes
  • Swim 50 metres backstroke to ASA club standard with correct turns and finishes
  • Swim 50 metres breaststroke to ASA club standard with correct turns and finishes
  • Swim 25 metres butterfly with recognisable technique
  • Perform a standing dive
  • Swim 200 metres correct technique, showing 3 different strokes with correct turns and finishes
  • Complete a 400 metres drill set
    Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds

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