Under 5 year olds

Learn to Swim at Derby Swimming pools

Swim a Song (3 months - 36 months)

Swim a Song sessions are fun and innovative sessions specifically designed for babies and young children who are new to swimming and focuses on increasing thier confidence in water. 

Find out below what your youngster could be gaining from completing the Swim a Song sessions.

Step 1: (0-18 months)

By the end of this step participants will be able to:

  • enter the water comfortably supported fully by and adult
  • kick/move legs with adult support
  • allow for their face to be wet by adult
  • float with adult support on their front and back
  • place feet on wall with adult support; adult then supports a push off wall and glide
  • travel in different directions with adult support
  • splash water wih their hands
  • reach and grab with their hands
  • reach and grab a toy
  • move from horizontal to vertical position with adult support
  • exit the water safely with adult support.

Step 2: (18-24 months)

By the end of this step participants will be able to:

  • enter the water comfortably supported by an adult
  • kick and move legs continuously
  • put face in the water and dip chin and mouth in and out independently
  • travel on front and back for 2m with adult support
  • float on front with and without adult support
  • float on back with and without adult support
  • push and glide off wall with adult support
  • paddle with hands and feel the water
  • reach, grab and throw toys in the water
  • rotate 180 degrees either horizontally and vertically with adult support
  • exit the water safely with adult support. 

Step 3: (24- 36 months +)

By the end of this stage participants will be able to:

  • enter the water safely where safe and reasonably practical without adult support but under close supervision
  • kick legs simultaneously and travel 2m with adult support
  • put face in the water and blow bubbles
  • travel on front for 2m using aids with adult support
  • travel on back for 2m using aids with adult support
  • push and glide from wall without support of parent
  • perform a star float on back with adult support behind the head and return to vertical position
  • use arms and legs to travel 2m in any direction without support
  • reach and catch toys on top of and under surface of water
  • rotate 180 degrees either horizontally or vertically without adult support
  • exit the water safely with adult supervision.

Ducklings (3 years - 5 years) 

The Ducklings Awards are designed to help children to explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. With the help of their parents/carers, your child will develop confidence both in and out of the water, whilst working towards the ASA Duckling Awards.

There are 5 grades that swimmers would need to complete in order to gain the Kellogg's ASA Duckling Awards.

Duckling Grade 1

In order to complete Grade 1 the swimmers would need to meet the following criteria:

  • make a supervised safe entry with adult support
  • kick 2 metres on the back with adult support
  • float on the back with adult support behind the head
  • blow bubbles at the water surface
  • wet the head without submersion
  • travel without assistance 2 metres to a floating object.

Duckling Grade 2

In order to complete Grade 2 the swimmers would need to meet the following criteria:

  • make a sitting entry with adult support
  • blow an object for a distance of 2 metres
  • using a baby seat or other buoyancy aid, rotate through 180degrees without assistance
  • move 5 metres along the rail or wall without assistance
  • travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without assistance
  • submerge the face with confidence.

Duckling Grade 3

In order to complete Grade 3 the swimmers would need to meet the following criteria:

  • make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support
  • kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float)
  • blow bubbles with the mouth underwater
  • float on front OR back without adult support
  • travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool
  • show a torpedo shape on front or back when pushed to a partner.

Duckling Grade 4

In order to complete Grade 4 the swimmers would need to meet the following criteria:

  • jump unaided, but supervised, into the water
  • submerge completely
  • rotate through 360° either horizontally or vertically
  • show a mushroom OR a star float
  • travel without assistance 10 metres on the front OR back
  • climb out of the water with assistance if required.

Duckling Grade 5 

In order to complete Grade 5 the swimmers would need to meet the following criteria:

  • show the sequence - to jump in the water, turn around, swim back to the point of entry and hold the rail or side
  • submerge completely and blow bubbles under the water
  • push and glide achieving a distance of 2 metres on the front or back
  • float on the front or back and regain standing/vertical position
  • swim 5 metres on the front or back using an over water arm recovery
  • exit safely showing correct use of the ladder.

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Track your childs progress 

Our Home Portal is a FREE online service open to everyone who has purchased swimming lessons. From home or on your mobile you can easily view the swim assessment information held for your child. As lessons are taught teachers continually assess the children, and update their progress within 48 hours. You can then log in and see what your child has achieved, and what swim skills they are working towards. 

If your child is enrolled on one of our Learn to Swim programmes, you can log in here to track their progress.