Diamond Ducklings (Beginners)

Diamond Ducklings (Beginners) is the start of a swimmers journey within Diamond Swim Academy and is aimed at younger swimmers.

Within Diamond Ducklings all swimmers will work on early water confidence and basic motor skills.  Diamond Ducklings will work to achieving a number of outcomes including the Swim England Duckling Awards, which contains grades 1-3.  Each award is made up of a badge and certificate.  The outcomes of these awards encourage swimmers to begin moving independently whilst providing them with the confidence that the teacher is still within arm’s reach.

 

All outcomes will be achieved through innovative, fun teaching methods. Below shows the outcomes required to achieve each award:

 Grade 1

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  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support if required
  2. Float on back with adult support behind the head without floatation equipment.
  3. Blow bubbles at the water surface
  4. Wet the head without submersion
  5. Kick 5 metres on back with adult support.
  6. Travel without adult support for 2 metres to a floating object
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support

 

Grade 2

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  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support if required.
  2. Rotate 180 degrees either using a log roll or an upright position, using floatation equipment and without adult support
  3. Submerge the face with confidence and without force under adult supervision
  4. Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres.
  5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without adult support
  6. Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without adult support
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support

 

Grade 3

Duckling-Awards-3-WS

  1. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support.
  2. Float on the front or back without adult support.
  3. Push off on the front or back in a streamlined shape from a supporting adult.
  4. Blow bubbles with the mouth and nose underwater
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool without adult support.
  6. Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float).
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support.
  8. Climb out of the water with adult support if required