Swim Awards: Levels 1-15

Seal 1

  • Answer questions on pool rules.
  • Safe entry.
  • Movement in water by any means.
  • Any movements holding a float with two hands.
  • Bobbing up and down.
  • Water over face using any means.
  • Safe exit.

Seal 2

  • Answer questions on personal safety and pool rules.
  • Safe entry.
  • Show ability to immerse face in water.
  • Demonstrate push and glide in prone position and regain standing position.
  • Demonstrate propulsion with the aid of a kick board or other suitable support.
  • Safe exit.

Seal 3

  • Answer questions on personal safety in and around water focusing on hygiene and rules of the local pool.
  • Entry and exit from the water using steps / ladder.
  • Show ability to immerse face in water.
  • Blowing bubbles while mouth is in the water.
  • Picking up lightweight objects from the bottom of the pool with the eyes open.
  • Looking at a partner under water.
  • In shallow water, demonstrate confidence by: - walking. - walking making patterns. - jumping. - side-stepping. - turning while standing.
  • Playing simple games (such as ring-a-rosy).
  • Swim 2 metres with the use of an aid (arm bands).

Seal 4

  • Answer questions on personal safety in and around water focusing on hygiene and rules of the local pool.
  • Demonstrate, while standing, front crawl, back crawl and sculling.
  • In shallow water, demonstrate confidence by: - - walking. - walking to a rhythm, changing direction on a signal. - going around obstacles. - floating and sinking. - blowing, nosing and heading floating objects. - throwing and catching a ball.
  • Playing simple games (such as chasing, relays).
  • Swim 2 metres prone without aid.
  • Swim 2 metres supine with aid.

Seal 5

  • Answer questions on personal safety focusing on hazards in a swimming pool.
  • Jumping, side-stepping, running: - jump across pool. - side-step across pool. - run across pool.
  • Demonstrate breaststroke arms while standing.
  • Demonstrate mushroom and star float.
  • Swim 4 metres prone.
  • Swim 3 metres supine.
  • Swim 3 metres breaststroke legs with aid.

Marlin 6

  • Answer questions on personal safety focusing on rivers and canals.
  • Demonstrate entry for unknown conditions (sit down / slip in).
  • Swim 5 metres freestyle / doggy paddle.
  • Swim 5 metres supine.
  • Swim 5 metres breaststroke.
  • Show ability to turn from prone to supine.
  • Show ability to turn from supine to prone.
  • Demonstrate ability to tread water.
  • Hand stand in chest deep water.

Marlin 7

  • Answer questions on personal safety focusing on inland waterways.
  • Demonstrate 2 safe entries.
  • Swim 8m front crawl.
  • Swim 8m back crawl.
  • Swim 8m breaststroke.
  • Swim 5m dolphin kick.
  • Tread water for 15 seconds.
  • Push and glide underwater and pick up object from pool floor.
  • Demonstrate 2 safe exits.

Marlin 8

  • Answer questions on personal safety focusing on beach and inland waterways.
  • Demonstrate entry by means of jumping (feet first).
  • Swim 10m front crawl.
  • Swim 10m back crawl.
  • Swim 10m breaststroke.
  • Swim 8m dolphin kick.
  • Swim 5m inverted breaststroke.
  • Demonstrate butterfly arms while walking.
  • Scull 5m feet first.
  • Scull 5m head first.
  • Tread water (deep water).
  • Head first surface dive (1.5 metres).

Marlin 9

  • Answer questions on personal safety in all water situations, including farm safety.
  • Entry by jumping into the water (feet first).
  • Swim 15m front crawl.
  • Swim 15m back crawl.
  • Swim 15m breaststroke.
  • Swim 10m dolphin kick on your side/back.
  • Swim 10m inverted breaststroke.
  • Swim 5m side stroke.
  • Swim 5m butterfly.
  • Play water push-ball.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Feet first surface dive.

Marlin 10

  • Answer questions on personal safety.
  • Demonstrate entry for unknown conditions.
  • Demonstrate early diving practices.
  • Swim 20m front crawl.
  • Swim 20m back crawl.
  • Swim 20m breaststroke.
  • Swim 10m butterfly.
  • Swim 15m inverted breaststroke.
  • Swim 10m side stroke.
  • Show ability to tread water for 1 min.
  • Play water polo.
  • Head first surface dive and swim 2m underwater.

Orca 11

  • Oral test focusing on how to contact the emergency services.
  • Demonstrate reaching and voice rescues.
  • Entry by straddle jump.
  • Entry by simple dive (e.g. sitting or kneeling).
  • Swim 25m front crawl.
  • Swim 25m back crawl.
  • Swim 25m breaststroke.
  • Swim 20m inverted breaststroke.
  • Swim 15m butterfly.
  • Swim 15m side stroke.
  • 20m various sculling.
  • Show ability to signal for help while treading water for 1 min.
  • Feet first surface dive and swim 2m underwater.

Orca 12

  • Oral test on the principles of simple rescues.
  • Entry by standing dive.
  • Swim 25m front crawl.
  • Swim 25m back crawl.
  • Swim 25m breaststroke.
  • Swim 25m inverted breaststroke.
  • Swim 25m butterfly.
  • Swim 25m side stroke.
  • Tread water for 1 minute and signal for help while wearing clothes.
  • Surface dive in deep water and pick object from pool floor.
  • Demonstrate reaching and throwing rescues.

Orca 13

  • Oral test on actions in an emergency.
  • Simple dive.
  • Demonstrate a straddle jump.
  • Swim 50m front crawl.
  • Swim 50m back crawl.
  • Swim 25m breaststroke.
  • Swim 25m inverted breaststroke without use of arms.
  • Swim 25m butterfly.
  • Swim 25m side stroke.
  • Somersault in water (chest deep).
  • Tread water for 1 minute and signal for help while wearing clothes and disrobe in deep water.

Orca 14

  • Oral test: hypothermia, personal survival.
  • Competitive dive.
  • Swim 50m front crawl using bilateral breathing.
  • Swim 50m back crawl.
  • Swim 50m breaststroke.
  • Swim 25m butterfly and 25m double arm back crawl with dolphin kick.
  • Swim 25m inverted breaststroke.
  • Swim 25m side stroke.
  • Demonstrate reaching and throwing rescues.
  • Competitive turns (all strokes).

Orca 15

  • Oral test on water safety awareness.
  • Competitive starts (all strokes).
  • Swim 75m front crawl using bilateral breathing.
  • Swim 50m back crawl.
  • Swim 50m breaststroke.
  • Swim 100m individual medley.ALL OF THE ABOVE MUST HAVE LEGAL TURNS
  • Show ability to tread water for 2 minutes.
  • Demonstrate reaching and throwing rescues.

Guidance with regard to the delivery of the National Swimming Awards in Open Water

The awards can be taught by any IWS Swimming Teacher or Water Safety Instructor who holds a recognised Assistant Swimming Teachers Award. Instructors who have only completed the IWS swimming Module can also teach the awards but under the direction of a full Teacher or IWS Examiner. Holders of Full Swim Teacher qualifications from other organisations can also teach the awards if they have completed the IWS “ Teaching at Open Water Venues Module”, which is outlined at the end of this document and which can be delivered by any IWS Examiner.

Class Ratios

Recommended Pupil / Teacher Ratios are 10:1 for open water venues.

The ratios are based on those recommended for teaching swim awards at outdoor venues and outlined in the syllabus.

Class Organisation

This progressive series of swim awards offers many different levels, which will ensure that it is possible to recognise all candidates. The awards do not have to be presented in sequence. Swim Teachers and Instructors are advised to select those which best suit their particular situation and standard of swimmers. It is suggested that classes are organised in a manner that caters for a variety of abilities e.g. Group 1 – aim to reach the stated criteria for Seal – Level 3. Those who do not achieve this can be awarded Seal Level 2 or Seal Level 1- whichever is appropriate. Group 2 – aim at the Marlin- Level 6 standard. Those who do not reach the stated standard can be awarded Seal – Levels 4 and 5. Etc. Each venue will differ and teachers can adapt the above suggestion to suit. Entries and exits can be adapted to suit the venue. Teachers can change references to the pool and pool floor to suit their particular venue. Safety is paramount when teaching feet first and head first entries. Teachers must make judgments based on their risk assessment of the situation. Any adaptation of award content must be in the interests of participant safety. The use of dry-land practice is encouraged in advance of lessons.

Teaching Butterfly

Elements of this stroke are included from Marlin – Level 7 onwards. To make this relevant in the open water situation this can be taught as dolphin style entries used by lifeguards and open water competitors. The dolphin kick can also be used and taught as part of the skill of body surfing. “Swim like a dolphin” is a teaching point often associated with this stroke. This is very relevant in coastal open water venues.

IWS Teaching In Open Water Module

Can be delivered by any IWS Examiner who also holds a full Swimming Teachers qualification. Contents:

  1. Risk Assessments at Open Water venues.
  2. Safety issues –EAPs, hypothermia.
  3. Child protection related issues e.g. changing, working in pairs.
  4. Adapting Lesson Plans.
  5. Role of the local WSAC contact person.

Insurance

WSACs are reminded that details of all courses being run must be recorded in the WSAC minute book to ensure cover by IWS insurance.

Safety at Open Water Venues.

It is the responsibility of WSACs to ensure a full Risk Assessment is carried out at all venues. This should take account of entries, exits, water clarity, topography, defining the area and access to safety equipment. Issues relating to changing and toilets should also be considered.

A Normal Operational Plans (NOP) should be outlined and in place to ensure all interested parties are aware of drop off and pick up times.

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