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Stage 1

Every day of the week, Splish Splash Swim Ltd runs Stage 1 swimming lessons for children.


Stage 1 lessons are for children with very little or no water experience.

Whilst closely supervising swimmers, our Stage 1 teachers encourage independent movement. We teach safe entry, introduce water being showered over the head, floating, push and glides and movement skills. We help children develop underwater confidence and basic breathing techniques. Through games and play we teach movement literacy skills: agility, balance, coordination, speed, running, jumping, throwing, kinaesthetics, gliding, buoyancy, striking with the body, catching, passing, kicking and striking with an implement.

How old does my child have to be to join Stage 1 lessons?

Children can join this class from 3 years of age.

Will there be a teacher in the water with my child?

There will always be a teacher in the water with Stage 1 children.

Will my child get any awards?

We believe in continual assessment, placing no stress on award weeks and not putting pressure on children to perform.

In Stage 1 swimming lessons, swimmers will aim to achieve their:

  • Swim England Ducklings One Award;
  • Swim England Ducklings Two Award;
  • Swim England Ducklings Three Award;
  • Swim England Puffin Award;
  • Swim England National Plan Stage 1 Award.

We run Stage 1 swimming lessons at Ashby, Belgrave and Loughborough.