National Plan For Teaching Swimming
The swimmer's 'journey through aquatics' following the National Plan for teaching swimming will result in the development of a wide range of skills. These skills when put together result in a competent, confident and safe swimmer who has the skill base for then developing technique in a wide range of water based sports.
The most successful way for children to acquire these skills is through an environment involving fun and games. Games are an ideal way for children to develop their 'jigsaw' of skills and may even help to combine one skill with another to support the process of 'building' the jigsaw which ultimately results in a stroke such as Front Crawl, Breaststroke, Backstroke, or Butterfly as well as skills that may become transferable to another aquatic sport or land based sport.
A Brief Overview of Stages 1-7:
- Developing basic safety awareness, the 'class' scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills
- Developing safe entries to the water including jumping, basic floating, travel and rotation unaided to regain upright positions
- Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge
- Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA
- Developing 'watermanship' through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation. Performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA
- Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing, developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise
- Developing quality stroke techniques up to 100 metres, incorporating skills learnt and combining them to develop a linked routine and complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout Stages 1-7.