Under 5 year olds

Learn to Swim at Derby Swimming pools

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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