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The key stages are as follows:

Adult Basic Water Confidence/Beginners

This stage is primarily focused on water confidence, relaxation, streamlining and an introduction to core aquatic skills including aquatic breathing.


To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without assistance but with buoyancy aids as required)


  • Introduce complete non-swimmers to the aquatic environment and establish an understanding of safety in and around water
  • Develop and progress water confidence
  • Establish an understanding of basic core aquatic skills
  • Encourage independent movement
  • Develop skills through enjoyment of the water
  • Develop balance and buoyancy through a variety of activities
  • Introducing the basic principles of sculling
Adult Improvers - Stroke Development

This is a broad stage which will continue to develop water confidence and will introduce stroke technique and bi-lateral breathing.


To further develop core aquatic skills without aids and develop basic stroke technique


  • Develop confidence and ability to perform a wide range of core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids
  • Progress and introduce new core aquatic skills developing an awareness and feel for the water.
  • Develop the basic technique of the four strokes
Skills and Drills 1&2

This stage will develop lane etiquette, learning to use equipment such as kickboards/ pullbuoys/fins, efficient stroke technique (four strokes optional) along with use of the clock. These stages will also introduce basic training programmes to develop fitness and stamina as well as continuing to improve technique.

Aim (1):

To improve the quality of stroke technique


  • Develop stroke technique to include four strokes (Butterfly optional)
  • Improving Butterfly and Breaststroke aiming to achieve legal technique
  • Introduction to diving (pool permitting/optional)

Aim (2):

To improve and maintain stroke technique over distance and develop basic training and race skills producing a swimmer who is Club ready


  • Advance swimming stamina for four strokes whilst maintaining technique
  • Improve efficiency in all four strokes
  • To develop turn technique for four strokes
  • Knowledge and understanding of lane/club training practices
Powerswim / Masters / Master Clubs

At this stage for those that wish, they will have a choice of group training sessions or will be in a position to join a Masters swimming club where there are competitive opportunities for those who choose.