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At what age could your DC swim 50m?

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ClaireFromWork Tue 09-Oct-12 21:21:10

DD has swimming at school. She got her 50m badge in year 1 and has just gone into year 3 and been put into the group that swims widths with woggles. I've been led to think by her old swimming teacher that she was a good swimmer and she's gutted that she's gone into the lowest group.

I'm wondering at what age children who are good swimmers get their 50m so I can see if her previous teacher was spinning me a yarn or not.

bumpetybumpbumpbump Fri 25-Nov-16 14:56:37

No idea if my6 year old can swim 50m and why would I?

She can swim butterfly, breaststroke, a very very strong front crawl, back stroke... do some life saving skills.

No desire to start and distance work until her skeleton and muscles are further developed smile

Wanderingbluebell Wed 23-Nov-16 18:53:43

Is she always swimming with a woggle? My daughter's stage 3 class occasionally swim lengths but mostly the classes are set up doing widths of the main pool. This is the same for up to stage 6. They often use woggles or floats to practice technique, same for stage 4. Also I wouldn't focus on age, my just 5 year old can just swim a length but many of her friends can't consistently swim a width yet. There is also a 10 year old in her class. It really varies.

ReallyTired Wed 23-Nov-16 18:21:40

My friend says she was able to swim 1 mile at age 5 (that is 64 25m pools). Does that seem feasible?"

I think it's about as feasible as these mumsnet lying theads of how their child in nursery is sooo bored as they have read Harry Potter at the age of four.

Dd is in a swim club group which is selective. Recently she did a sponsored swim and swam 38 lengths at the age of seven in 30 minutes. I don't think that she could swim a mile and neither could the children in her group. These children are all at least seven and have been selected by their swimming teachers as having potential. Their session focuses on technique and their view is that distance and speed will come in good time.

What is the point in gettting a young child to swim stupid distances when their technique just falls apart after a few lengths. I would rather a five year old swims 5 metres with good technique than 50 metres. It's easier to swim longer distances as the child gets older and develops stamina.

Finally swimming should be fun rather than an ordeal. If a child is pushed too hard physically they will hate swimming with a passion.

newbiz Sat 19-Nov-16 18:02:43

I so agree, it's not common for 5 year olds to be swimming 50M. My 6 year old can swim, he can manage a width. I would say that he's about average. If you're not happy with where your DD is then talk to the teacher and find out why they've moved her but don't get hung up on all the junior Rebecca Adlington's on this thread, they're the exception not the rule!

Lindy2 Sat 19-Nov-16 17:56:59

This thread is as bad as the reading threads where everyone boasts their 5 year olds have read all of the Harry Potter series. Most 5vyear olds are just learning to swim and are nitcdoing several lengths in a variety of perfect strokes.
OP, have you seen your child swim 50m? By simply watching them you should be able to see if they can do that distance competently. If they can, politely query their school swimming group.

mj1987 Sat 19-Nov-16 17:44:58

My friend says she was able to swim 1 mile at age 5 (that is 64 25m pools). Does that seem feasible?

Didiplanthis Thu 17-Nov-16 20:49:48

My dd was 5 when put in a lengths class she was tiny compared to the other children and really struggled with stamina - she came out exhausted. I asked for her to go back to a basic technique class after 9 months when she really made no progress. 6 months in she is so much better and bigger and is going back to the first group in a much better place. So she was doing 50 m at 5 but I don't think I would count it as a success !

ReallyTired Mon 14-Nov-16 12:57:54

This is truely nuts

I think that pushing a small child so hard could damage her health.

However lots of seven year olds can swim 50 metres. It's about having the opportunity to learn. Many seven year olds can run a mile and swimming 50 metres is far less challenging.

ReallyTired Mon 14-Nov-16 00:09:13

There is a huge physical difference between a four year old and a seven year old. Especially between a child who has just turned four and a child who is almost eight. Most seven year olds can learn to swim quickly and easily. Lots of seven year olds have the stamina to swim 50 metres. The quality of their technique depend on the quality of teaching and practice the child has had. Very few four year olds have the stamina or coordination or strength to swim 5 metres.

Even top level competitive swimmers do a lot of work with floats in training sessions. The use of a float allows the person to focus on an aspect of technique. The floats are used for drills rather than to keep the person afloat.

Sleeperandthespindle Sun 13-Nov-16 20:06:45

Take this with a pinch of mumsnet salt. There are many, many more 4-7 year olds (and older) who CAN'T swim 50m Jan those who can!

ReallyTired Wed 09-Nov-16 10:07:06

Technique is more important than having a 50 metre swimming badge. My daughter hasn't got any distance badges yet inspite of being in the swim club. She has to swim all four strokes to ASA standards to get a distance badge. She can easily swim 50 metres at the age of seven, but swimming all strokes consistently to ASA standards is a really tough challenge.

fulhamswimschool Tue 08-Nov-16 21:39:29

There isn't a certain age that children get their 50m badge but it does sound like she is in the wrong group, depends how many widths they swim on a regular swim.


AChickenCalledKorma Fri 26-Oct-12 22:45:42

Talk to her teacher and ask how they decided the groups. And check what she is actually doing.

For example, my 10 year old daughter can swim 400m, is at stage 6, and has massively better stroke technique than I will ever have. But during her swimming lessons, they still spend about half the time swimming widths with various types of floatation device, while they are working on technique. They don't do lengths because the pool is divided into four zones, from shallow to deep, so that different groups can be accommodated.

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 24-Oct-12 21:54:17

DD is a good swimmer should really go to club, but she doesn't have the drive for it. Her school has had swimming lessons every since summer from reception it took them till year 3 to discover that she can swim all 4 strokes legally including biphasic freestyle. Prior to that nobody had asked them to swim a particular stroke so she didn't.

Woozley Wed 24-Oct-12 17:42:34

6. She only started lessons at 5.5 so not bad.

FranSanDisco Wed 24-Oct-12 17:39:15

As a mother of two competitive swimmers I am told it is technique, stamina then speed that matters. Being able to swim 50 m in say front crawl doesn't make you a 'good swimmer' as there are 4 strokes to perfect and the earlier children learn good breast stroke and butterfly the better. DD was 7 when she swam 1 mile so you might think she'd be fabulous now at 12 yo?? Well she swims competitively but is pretty average compared to some of the talent out there. She enjoys it though so she carries on which to me is the main thing.

lljkk Sun 21-Oct-12 14:42:13

I imagine group placing depended on technique not speed or distance. DD's mate is faster than DD but was still in L6 when DD went to L8, because DD's technique is better.

DS2 could have swam 200m at 5yo but in the most God-Awful way. Perfect imitation of "failed drowning". He could probably swim 1000+m now (age 8), but can't escape Level 4 because he's still lopsided.

crazymum53 Mon 15-Oct-12 15:20:30

Could it be that they expect them to swim this distance in more than one stroke. dd could manage this distance using front crawl and breast-stroke but was moved down a group for not being able to swim back-stroke!

RedHelenB Mon 15-Oct-12 10:31:58

Think it probably boils down to technique not being secure.

BackforGood Fri 12-Oct-12 00:09:24

I'm not sure how a load of proud mummies on the internet telling you at what age their children got their 50m badge is that relevant - surely you should be taking the evidence (certificate probably) to the school and saying - look, dd could swim 50m 2 years ago, there seems to have been a bit of a muddle as she's been put in with the non-swimmers (if indeed she has, mine were using floats to work on particaular aspects of their strokes long after they could swim a good deal further than 50m).

sausagesandwich34 Fri 12-Oct-12 00:05:59

DD1 was 6, DD2 was 8

DD1 started swimming lessons at 4, DD2 started at 5 but spent the first year being pursuaded to put her fac in the water

in our area they don't do distance badges, they do dolphin badges and for each one you need to do a certain length in 3 different strokes so it's much more about technique than distance

purplepenguin86 Fri 12-Oct-12 00:02:22

My nephew has just gone into Year 3 and swum 1000m in his lesson last week (35 mins - they just had to swim as many lengths as they could in the time - they do that once a term) but he is like a little fish! My niece is a year older than my nephew and can't swim anywhere near as well. I think it is completely individual - there is no age they should be doing things like this, as they all have their own talents.

whiteandyelloworchid Wed 10-Oct-12 22:58:31

yes and how muscular they are and how much they naturally enjoy it
and how coordinated they are

brass Wed 10-Oct-12 22:27:47

so surely all this confirms is it depends on how old they are, how long/many lessons they've had and how fussed they are to move up.

whiteandyelloworchid Wed 10-Oct-12 22:25:28

my dd is five and can swim about 175m but she loves swimming.

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