The Aquakidz awards scheme is designed to take the swimmer on a journey from their first splash, increasing their confidence in the water, mastering the core aquatic skills and developing technical competence in the four competitive swimming strokes.
The stages follow a progressive pathway which develops skills such as safe entries and exits, buoyancy and balance, rotation and orientation, travel and co-ordination, streamlining and aquatic breathing as well as water safety and preparation for exercise.
Swimmers begin to develop basic safety awareness, movement skills, water confidence and being at ease in the water. Main outcomes include safe entries and exits, blowing bubbles, basic floating and travel in the water up to 5 meters, with buoyancy aids.
This second stage sees the swimmers becoming completely “at home” on and under the water and developing control in aquatic breathing. Main outcomes include submersions, streamlining on front and back, rotation and travelling up to 10 meters on front and back without buoyancy aids.
The aim of this stage is to build competence in the early stages of swimming strokes, refining kicking techniques for all 4 swimming strokes and introduction of the arm actions. Further development of aquatic skills including streamlining, sculling and treading water.
Swimmers in the final stage of the awards scheme continue to develop the correct breathing, timing and co-ordination of all 4 swimming strokes in order to complete 25m of frontcrawl, backstroke, breaststroke and 15m of butterfly, demonstrating correct technique. Personal survival skills and diving are also taught at this stage.