Pool > Lessons > Aquatots

The Aquatots Programme is the first structured lesson we offer and is available to children age 3 to 4 years. Awards are given based on the Aquatots programme. Part of the ASA award scheme, is the basis for assesment on this programme. The grades are split into five, with each syllabus viewable by following the links on the right hand side.

Unlike all our other lessons, the children are accompanied by an their parent or guardian in the water for the duration of the course. The aim of the course is to provide the parent with the skills to start to teach their child water confidence and paddling skills. Due to the popularity of the course, each child is only allowed one term of Aquatot lessons.

Grade One

  1. Make a supervised safe entry
  2. Kick 2 metre on back with adult support
  3. Float on back with adult support behind head
  4. Blow bubbles at water surface
  5. Wet head without submersion
  6. Travel without assistance 2 metres to Mum/Dad or floating object.

Grade Two

  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support
  2. Blow an object for 2 metres
  3. With float rotate through 180° without assistance
  4. Move 5 metres along wall without assistance
  5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without assistance
  6. Submerge the face with confidence

Grade Three

  1. Make a supervised jump to adult with or without support
  2. Kick 5 metres on front holding float
  3. Blow bubbles with the mouth underwater
  4. Float on front or back without adult support
  5. Travel 5 metres on front to side of pool
  6. Show a torpedo shape on front or back when pushed to partner

Grade Four

  1. Jump unaided, but supervised, into the water
  2. Submerge completely
  3. Rotate through 360° either horizontally or vertically
  4. Show a mushroom or a star float
  5. Travel without assistance for 10 metres on front or back
  6. Climb out of water with assistance if required

Grade Five

  1. Jump into water, turn around, swim back to side
  2. Submerge completely and blow bubbles under water
  3. Push and Glide achieving a distance of 2 metres on front or back
  4. Float on front or back and regain the standing position
  5. Swim 5 metres on front or back using overarm recovery
  6. Exit safely showing correct use of steps