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HydroStart – Ducklings Awards

Our Duckling Awards are designed to help toddlers have fun in the water and begin the process of learning to swim.

In this group we concentrate on building water confidence and learning basic skills and completing our Duckling Award levels 1-4. When your little ones complete each stage of our Duckling Awards they will receive and work to collect four colourful certificates and matching badges.

Check out the full award specification below:

Ducklings Award Level 1

  • Make supervised safe entry and exit with adult support
  • Float on back with adult support behind head and without fl oats
  • Blow bubbles at the water surface and wet head without submersion
  • Kick 5 metres on back with adult support
  • Travel without adult support for 2 metres to a floating object
  • Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support

Ducklings Award Level 2

  • Make a sitting entry with adult support if required
  • Rotate 180 degrees – log roll or upright – with float aids, no adult support
  • Submerge the face with confidence and without force
  • Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres
  • Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without adult support
  • Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without adult support
  • Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support

Ducklings Award Level 3

  • Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support
  • Float on the front or back without adult support
  • Push off – front or back – streamlined shape from a supporting adult
  • Blow bubbles with the mouth and nose underwater
  • Travel 5 metres on the front to poolside without adult support
  • Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (adult may hold float)
  • Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support

Ducklings Award Level 4

  • Jump into the water unaided, but supervised
  • Perform a mushroom or star float
  • Rotate 360 degrees – log roll or an upright position
  • Push and glide – streamlined position on the front or back
  • Submerge completely
  • Travel 10m on the front or back, without adult support
  • Jump into water, turn around, swim back to the point of entry & hold on to the side/rail
Certificate Duckling 1
Certificate Duckling 3
Certificate Duckling 2
Certificate Duckling 4

Duckling Awards are the first steps in water confidence, and perfectly prepares them for Stage 1 of Our Learn to Swim Awards.

Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards

The HydroKidz learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into achievable stages for your children to work towards. Criteria for each stage follows the national syllabus of learning to swim and they are designed to reward your child as their skill improve in the water. We aim to improve their confidence, competence and safety in the water.

On completion of each stage of our HydroKidz Learn to Swim Awards, your children will receive and work to collect seven colourful certificates and matching badges.

Check out the full award specification below:

HydroBeginner

As a beginner your child will learn to convert the basic skills learned in our HydroStart classes, and start to develop stroke technique; perfecting it over short distances whilst achieving our Learn to Swim Award Levels 1 and 2.

Learn to Swim Award Level 1

  • Enter the water safely
  • Move forward for 5m
  • Move backwards for 5m
  • Move sideways 5m
  • Scoop the water and wash the face
  • Be comfortable with water showered from overhead
  • Move from flat floating position (back) to standing
  • Move from flat floating position (front) to standing
  • Push and glide, flat position on the front from wall
  • Push and glide, flat position on the back from wall
  • Give examples of two pool rules
  • Exit the water safely

Learn to Swim Award Level 2

  • Jump in from poolside safely (pool depth >1m)
  • Blow bubbles 3+ times rhythmically, nose and mouth submerged
  • Move from flat floating position (back) to standing without support
  • Move from flat floating position (front) to standing without support
  • Push from wall, glide on back – arms by the side or above the head
  • Push from wall, glide on front with arms extended
  • Travel the width of the pool using recognised leg action (back)
  • Travel the width of the pool using recognised leg action (front)
  • Tuck to rotate from flat floating position (front), to back floating, to standing
  • Tuck to rotate from flat floating position (back), to front floating, to standing
  • Perform a log roll from back to the front
  • Perform a log roll from front to the back
  • Exit the water without support
Certificate Learn to Swim 1
Certificate Learn to Swim 2

HydroImprover

With our improvers we build on their knowledge of swimming strokes, and add the ability to breathe in a hydrodynamic way, helping them find an effective rhythm to swim and breathe across all strokes competently, whilst achieving our Learn to Swim Award Levels 3 and 4.

Learn to Swim Award Level 3

  • Jump in from poolside and submerge to minimum depth of 1.0m
  • Sink, push away from wall and maintain a streamlined position
  • Push and glide (front) with arms extended and log roll onto the back
  • Push and glide (back) with arms extended and log roll onto the front
  • Travel 10m – 5m on the front, perform tuck to rotate onto back, and 5m return
  • Fully submerge to pick up an object
  • Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code
  • Push and glide and travel 10 metres (back)
  • Push and glide and travel 10 metres (front)
  • Perform a tuck float and hold for three seconds

Learn to Swim Award Level 4

  • Perform 3+ changing shapes whilst floating on surface
  • Push and glide from the wall towards the pool floor
  • Kick 10m backstroke (one item of equipment optional)
  • Kick 10m front crawl (one item of equipment optional)
  • Kick 10m butterfly on the front or on the back
  • Kick 10m breaststroke on the front (one item of equipment optional)
  • Perform a head first sculling action for 5m, flat position on the back
  • Travel on back and log roll, one continuous movement, onto front
  • Travel on front and log roll, one continuous movement, onto back
Certificate Learn to Swim 3
Certificate Learn to Swim 4

HydroAdvanced

In this group our teachers give swimmers the skills to sustain good technique over several lengths at a time, as well as the skills of competitive swimmACing; should they want to learn them. We also incorporate safety skills; including challenges like swimming in clothes. Our levels 5 and 6 can be achieved in this group.

Learn to Swim Award Level 5

  • Perform a flat stationary scull on the back
  • Perform a feet first sculling action for 5m
  • Perform a sculling sequence to include a rotation
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water
  • Push and glide and swim 10m backstroke
  • Push and glide and swim 10m front crawl
  • Push and glide and swim 10m breaststroke
  • Push and glide and swim 10m butterfly
  • Perform a handstand, hold for 3+ seconds
  • Perform a forward somersault

Learn to Swim Award Level 6

  • Give two examples of warm up exercises, understand why it is important
  • Sink, push off on side from wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke
  • Sink, push off on side from wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl
  • Swim 10m wearing clothes
  • Push and glide, swim front crawl with 6+ rhythmical breaths
  • Push and glide, swim breaststroke with 6+ rhythmical breaths
  • Push and glide and swim butterfly with 3+ rhythmical breaths
  • Push and glide and swim backstroke with 6+ regular breaths
  • Push and glide and swim 25m, any choice of stroke
  • Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
Certificate Learn to Swim 5
Certificate Learn to Swim 6

HydroStarz

In our most advanced group we give children the skills to complete a basic understanding of all strokes, and also the endurance to sustain a good technique over longer distances too. Children will be working to achieve our Learn to Swim Award Level 7.

Learn to Swim Award Level 7

  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres backstroke
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres front crawl
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres breaststroke
  • Push and glide and swim 25 metres butterfly
  • Perform a movement sequence (linking skills with strokes and sculls) of one minute duration, in a group of three or more
  • Perform a sitting dive or dive
  • Push and glide and swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
  • Push and glide and swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes
  • Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds
Certificate Learn to Swim 7

Remember movement of a child from one class to another is governed not just by achievement of each Award but also our teacher’s assessment of their
readiness and confidence to SAFELY progress to the next class. This includes their endurance to swim progressively longer distances in deeper water.
We love progress but only when your child is ready to benefit from the next class. If you have any questions, do ask the host on poolside.