Horsham Swim School /ASA Discovery Duckling Awards

The ASA Discovery Duckling Awards form a framework around which our Toddler/Pre School Swimming lessons are based,  they are the start of the learn to swim experience for all children. These awards are perfect for Pre-School children who are new to swimming lessons. They are ideal for gaining water confidence whilst staying close to adult support.  Pre School Children love to learn to swim with the Horsham Swim School at our pool in Morriswood North Horsham.

Unlike some of our competitors our swimming teachers remain in the water with your child up until approximately ASA stage 3. All beginner lessons our teacher is 100% in the water with your child and this continues for at least three terms or until ASA stage 2/3 is achieved.

Morrriswood pool is 33 to 34 degrees which is much warmer than school and leisure centre pools. Morriswood is a Luxury private pool and as such is also cleaner and more hygienic.

What do Toddler / Pre school Swim lessons involve?

Horsham Swim School run small classes with a maximum of 6 Children – this keeps our classes sociable, but also allows us to give you individual attention.  You and your child will be in the water with our instructor, who makes the lesson all about having fun.  Although enjoyment is at the heart of what we do, your instructor will be following a highly evolved developmental Swim England training plan,to ensure each child is individually progressing over the 12-14 week course.  We gently build childs confidence in the water with fun exercises and eventually your little one will learn to be comfortable on and under the water.  Seeing your child laughing and splashing in the water really is an incredibly rewarding experience. Children will be regularly awarded swimming badges and certificates from the ASAs “Discovery Duckling” and “I can” award scheme.

this examples of when award are issued are

The Awards are, I CAN…

  • …enter the water safely
  • …jump in
  • …float on my front
  • …float on my back
  • …roll over
  • …blow bubbles
  • …swim
  • …enter, turn, return
  • …exit safely

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The discovery Duckling Awards 1-4 each have their own certificate, badge and sticker.

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Discovery Duckling 1

By the end of this stage your child should be able to:
1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult
2. Bob up and down in the water with full adult support in a vertical position
3. Complete an adult supported horizontal back float with a return to vertical position
4. Be at ease with water being poured on the back of the head
5. With full adult support move smoothly through the water in the vertical position
6. Exit the water safely with adult support
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Discovery Duckling 2

By the end of this stage your child should be able to:
1. Enter the water safely and comfortably fully supported by an adult
2. Float on the back with full adult support. (Adult should be at the side of the child and able to maintain eye contact)
3. Splash hands in the water
4. Adult to move in a 360 degree turn holding child facing away from them. First close to them, then at arm’s length
5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their back with full support from an adult
6. Be at ease with face being washed/splashed
7. With full adult support move through the water in the vertical position
8. Travel on front or back with full adult support
9. Make progress towards holding the side of the pool with adult support
10. Exit the water safely with adult support
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Discovery Duckling 3

By the end of this stage your child should be able to:
1. Enter the water safely supported by an adult. Swimmers should be encouraged to sit on the side and wait for adult instruction
2. Float on the back with full adult support behind the head, shoulders and hips
3. Reach and grab toys on the water surface
4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally or vertically with adult support
5. Move through the water in a streamlined position on their front with full support from an adult
6. Be at ease with water being showered over the face
7. Travel on back using aids with adult support
8. Hold rail/side of pool and move towards step/ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids
9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision
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Discovery Duckling 4

By the end of this stage your child should be able to:
1. Enter the water from seated or standing position with full support from an adult and return to the wall/pool side
2. Float on the front with aids and adult support
3. Reach and catch toys on top of and under surface of the water
4. Rotate 180 degrees either horizontally or vertically with minimal adult support using support aids
5. Push away from wall with an adult holding them throughout in a streamlined position
6. Be at ease wetting splashing own face and putting their chin in the water
7. Travel on front using aids with adult support
8. Hold rail/side of pool and move towards step/ladders with adult support and buoyancy aids
9. Exit the water safely with adult supervision

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