Learn to Swim With Fareham Nomads
Learn to Swim
Our aim is to give beginners and non-swimmers the opportunity to learn to swim by developing confidence and stroke technique in a structured, fun and safe environment.
We are an inclusive club offering swimming lessons for children aged four years and over. Our Learn To Swim programme, following the SE Learn To Swim Pathway to Level 7, are run during term-time (LTS does not run over Easter, Xmas & Summer holidays) and take place at Fareham Leisure Centre at 18:00, 18:30 & 19:00 depending on stage. Parents are able to watch these lessons from a poolside seating area.
Children are taught by qualified teachers using the Swim England (SE) Learn to Swim Framework. They progress using fun and games through seven stages, from their first splash to full competence in the water. This framework is underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development principles, offering clear progression between each stage. We reward success with the use of badges and certificates.
Our lessons enable children to discover movement in the water with a full range of swimming techniques and aquatic skills. Once they have completed Stage 7, the next step is our pre-competitive Academy Squad.
If you wish to know more about our Learn to Swim programme or would like a free trial, please contact us.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Learn to Swim Coordinator
Swim England’s Learn to Swim Pathway
Stage 1 - Developing basic safety awareness, movement and water confidence skills, as well as being able to enter and exit the water safely.
- Enter the water safely
- Move forwards for a distance of 5m
- Move backwards for a distance of 5m
- Move sideways for distance of 5m
- Scoop the water and wash face
- Be at ease with water showered from overhead
- Move into a stretched floating position using aids, equipment or support
- Regain an upright position from on the back with support
- Regain an upright position from on the front with support
- Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
- Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game
- Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
- Exit the water safely
Stage 2 - Developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, regaining upright positions without support, push and glide from wall, travelling for 5m on front and back and performing rotations to gain an upright position.
- Jump in from poolside safely
- Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
- Regain upright position from the back without support
- Regain an upright position from the front without support
- Push from wall and glide on the back
- Push from wall and glide on the front
- Travel on the back for 5m, aids or equipment may be used
- Travel on the front for 5m, aids or equipment may be used
- Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position
- Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position
Stage 3 - Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation and water confidence skills, and water safety knowledge.
- Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9m)
- Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position
- Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
- Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
- Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back
- Fully submerge to pick up an object
- Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code
- Travel 10m on the back
- Travel 10m on the front
Stage 4 - 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 Swim England.
- Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
- Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
- Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface
- Push and glide from the wall to 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 back (equipment optional)
- Kick 10m breaststroke on the front (equipment optional)
- Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5m in a horizontal position
- Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
- Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
- Swim 10m, choice of stroke is optional
Stage 5 - Developing sculling and treading water skills, complete a full somersault and handstand in the water, demonstrate an action for getting help and perform all strokes to the given standard as directed by Swim England.
- Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
- Perform a feet first sculling action for 5m whilst horizontal on the back
- Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
- Tread water for 30 seconds
- Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water
- Swim 10m backstroke
- Swim 10m front crawl face in the water
- Swim 10m breaststroke
- Swim 10m butterfly
- Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds
- Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
- Demonstrate an action for getting help
Stage 6 - Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.
- Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
- Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke
- Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl
- Swim 10m wearing clothes
- Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths
- Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths
- Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths
- Swim 25m, choice of stroke is optional
- Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
- Perform a surface dive
- Exit the water without using steps
Stage 7 - Developing quality stroke technique 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.
- Swim 25m backstroke
- Swim 25m front crawl
- Swim 25m breaststroke
- Swim 25m butterfly
- Perform a sitting dive
- Swim 50m continuously using one stroke
- Swim 100m, using a minimum of three different strokes
- Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout
- Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds
- Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:
+ Sculling: head first, feet first
+ Rotation: forward/backward somersault, log roll
+ Floating: star on the front/on the back, tuck float, create own
+ Eggbeater: moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls