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Swimming (ASA Stages 1 - 10)

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Fluffymonster Wed 03-Jul-13 12:45:42

Both dcs (4 and 6) have recently stated swim lessons.

Stages 1-7 seem to be the learn to swim part, with Stages 8-10 more specialising in strokes. So would you say they're competent swimmers by Stage 7 and the rest is optional i.e. for those who wish to take it up as a sport rather than just as a life skill?

Assuming they go once a week, (with the odd family swim on top) how long would you expect it to take, for an average child to progress to Stage 7, or could could it go on for years to come?


manchestermummy Thu 29-Aug-13 15:46:49

DD1 (5.10) has just passed level 3. It's been a very long journey (she was water phobic for a start and the classes were very badly run for a while. Things are millions times better now) and it's taking a long time to progress (or so it seems from this thread!). Having said that, she seems to be picking up new stuff quite quickly and crucially, is confident now. She's one of two 5-year-olds in a class of 7/8 year-olds. Even though she's just got level 3, they've been doing level 4 stuff in lessons to, and their teacher pushes them: for level 3 they need to swim say 5m of a certain stroke or whatever: teacher got them to jump in at the deep end of the deep pool and see how far they got!

The teachers at this pool in general seem very keen on solid technique, so yes, it takes a while to do a badge, but by the time they do, they actually have the skill, rather than just doing enough for the badge, iykwim.

Fraxinus Thu 29-Aug-13 18:23:38

I think going in the deep pool can be really helpful for learners. Once you are past the initial stages, it does kids no favours to be able to touch the bottom, but in our pool they only move into the big pool at level 5.

I think my kids have made quite steady progress.. Level 5 in 2 years. I think if they had had individual lessons, or consistently good teaching, they would have progressed faster, but I feel they are both doing well, and having the lessons in the local pool is a massive advantage as I don't have a car.

Fraxinus Thu 29-Aug-13 18:26:43

Ps, I think they make much faster progress if you take them for regular practise, not just the odd family swim, when they just play.

shebird Fri 30-Aug-13 23:17:33

It depends how confident they are in the water to begin with and what age they starting from. The average age for level 7 at DDs swimming classes is about 8 or 9. I found that how quick they move up also varies between teachers and pools. DD has friends who to moved up levels really quick while swimming widths in a shallow pool as opposed to lengths of a 25m pool.

QuintessentialOldDear Fri 30-Aug-13 23:22:03

Ds1 (11) and ds2 (8) started lessons just before Christmas 2011, so have been swimming for one term shy of two years.

Ds1 is now Level 6 and ds2 is level 5. They were assessed before starting, and ds1 started at level 3 (he could float and swim breast strokes already), and ds2 at level 1. Ds1s progress have been faster, but ds2s strokes are more refined.

Secret33 Wed 11-Mar-15 18:57:55

Starting Swimming lessons. Would you have your three year old start learning to swim in stages lessons? ASA! Advice please

LIZS Wed 11-Mar-15 19:05:48

Depends, is she water confident ? The early stages used to be Ducklings etc which were more about water confidence and safety than swimming strokes or distance.

Fathertedismyuncle Thu 12-Mar-15 21:44:39

My ds is 4 and in reception. He has recently started ASA lessons. Having put my two elder dc through the same system starting at 3 I will not start the younger ones that early. We swim regularly as a family and can "teach" them water confidence and swimming basics without the stress of a formalised lesson (and the money).

lunar1 Sat 14-Mar-15 20:18:44

Just saw that this thread had been bumped up. If anyone is still looking at time scales, ds1 was almost 5 when this thread started and in stage 4. He is now in stage 8 (competitive swimming) 18 months later at 6. There are 2 other. Six year olds in the group of 30 children. But the group covers stage 8, 9&10. The age range goes up to 13.

jamesonx Mon 22-Jun-15 11:52:34

My daughter is eight in August and has recently passed stage 6. The way we achieved this was initially 20 minutes session every week i.e. regularly (from an early age)moving on to an hour maximum. The approach I took up until she was roughly four and a half was to get the staff at the swimming pool to witness her swimming lengths. In this way you could purchase distance awards up until 400m but when she swam 32 lengths (at circa that age; which took her an hour the staff weren't watching (or prepared to watch) [I can only do four lengths myself]. Of course this was freestyle in the sense she was at an angle rather than flat on the surface but she did not touch the bottom of the pool at any point including at the end of the 25m lengths. At this time she had an assessment and entered at ASA stage four into lessons {after a pool assessment}. her last long swim was 43 lengths,in less than an hour but she rarely swims a lot of lengths preferring to have fun. I think stage 7 is probably far enough to go before she starts middle school!

Tabya876 Mon 06-Jul-15 14:49:39

My DD turned 6 three months ago and has just (2 days ago) passed Stage 5. She has been swimming since she was 4.5 and swims twice a week for 30 minutes.

My DS is 3 but almost 4 years old and started swimming lessons almost one year ago. He also swims twice a week (since beginning of this term) and has just passed Stage 2.

They swim at my daughter's school which has exceptionally high standards so are not rushed along - 1 grading a year currently. Both have been invited to train (non competitively) for the Town one day a week starting in September.

I think they are doing well but we know children that swim a lot better than my daughter at the same age. I hope this helps.

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