Kids Award Levels

Beginners

Octopus One

Octopus 1

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Answer two safety questions.
  2. Enter the pool safely, steps, ramp, swivel.
  3. Move through the water confidently in different ways.
  4. Use a woggle to swim front paddle and back paddle for five metres.
  5. Push and glide on the front and back.
  6. Use a woggle or floats to attempt simultaneous circle action with legs while on the back for two metres.
  7. Travel under a woggle bridge and through a shower created by a watering can.
  8. Return to standing from a star float on the back.
  9. Use a woggle or floats to perform a treading water action with legs.
  10. Exit the pool safely and unassisted.

Improvers

One Star

Octopus Two

Octopus 2

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions.
  2. Enter the pool safely with a step or a jump.
  3. Swim 2 metres front paddle, and 2 metres back paddle, unaided.
  4. Use a woggle to kick across the pool while blowing bubbles.
  5. Demonstrate front crawl arm action while standing.
  6. Demonstrate back crawl arm action while standing.
  7. Push and glide on the front with face in the water.
  8. Push and glide on the back, arms by the side.
  9. Use a woggle, rotate from back float to front float and return to a back float.
  10. Submerge under water and retrieve an object.

Octopus Three

Octopus Three

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions.
  2. Enter the water with a step or jump entry, turn around and swim back to poolside.
  3. Push and glide into either front crawl or breaststroke for 5 metres.
  4. Push and glide into back crawl and swim for 5 metres.
  5. Perform a star float on the front or back and hold for 3 seconds.
  6. Perform dolphin leg kick on the front or back for 2 metres.
  7. Scull head first using a woggle.
  8. Attempt breaststroke.
  9. Tread water for 10 seconds.
  10. Swim forward for 2 metres, then roll onto back, swim on the back for 2 metres and roll into a standing position.

Two Star

Goldfish One

Goldfish One

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions.
  2. Enter the water, tread water for 5 seconds, swim to poolside.
  3. Push and glide, and hold the streamlined position for 5 seconds.
  4. Push and glide to the bottom of the pool to retrieve an object.
  5. Swim 5 metres on the front, roll over and swim 5 metres on the back.
  6. Perform dolphin leg kick on the front or back for 5 metres.
  7. Scull head first for 2 metres.
  8. Scull feet first, using a woggle for support.
  9. Show rhythmical breathing in front crawl for 10 metres, using a woggle.
  10. Swim a recognisable breaststroke for 5 metres.

Goldfish Two

Goldfish Two

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions.
  2. Perform a back float, tuck to a front float and return to a standing position.
  3. Scull head first for 5 metres, and feet first for 3 metres.
  4. Push and glide on the back, tuck, rotate to the front and return to the starting point.
  5. Swim 10 metres of a recognized front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke.
  6. Swim 10 metres of back crawl.
  7. Swim 5 metres of a recognized front stroke.
  8. Push and glide to the bottom of the pool, tuck, place feet on the bottom and spring up.
  9. Perform a mushroom float and hold for 3 seconds, extend to a front float and return to a standing position.
  10. Enter the water, swim 5 metres on the front, swim to poolside and exit safely.

Two Star Plus

Goldfish Three

Goldfish Three

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Answer 2 water safety questions.
  2. Perform 2 different types of entries and tread water for 15 seconds.
  3. Swim 15 metres of back crawl.
  4. Swim 15 metres of a recognized front stroke, either front crawl or breaststroke.
  5. Swim 10 metres, holding a float under each arm and using lifesaving backstroke leg kick.
  6. Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on front.
  7. Swim 5 metres, dolphin leg kick on back.
  8. Perform a handstand with both hands on the pool floor.
  9. Perform a float on the back and hold for 5 seconds, roll on to the front, hold for 5 seconds, roll to the original back float position and hold for seconds.
  10. Submerge, push and glide on the side, roll to a face down position.

Advanced

Three Star

Angelfish One

Angelfish One

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Be rescued by a reaching aid.
  2. Perform a straddle entry and tread water for 30 seconds.
  3. Push and glide into a forward somersault.
  4. Scull head first for 5 metres, and feet first for 5 metres.
  5. Swim 15 metres of a recognised front stroke with correct breathing.
  6. Swim 10 metres of front stroke with correct breathing.
  7. Swim 20 metres of back crawl.
  8. Swim 10 metres on the front, using dolphin leg kick.
  9. Start in a crouch position in the water, spring up and glide to the bottom of the pool and then glide to the surface.
  10. Swim 5 metres of lifesaving backstroke without aids.

Angelfish Two

Angelfish Two

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Be rescued by catching a buoyant aid.
  2. Perform a straddle entry, tread water for 30 seconds, perform a 360° turn in a vertical position while wearing a t-shirt.
  3. Swim 5 metres, perform a forward somersault and continue to swim forward for 5 metres.
  4. Swim 20 metres of a recognized front stroke using a correct touch finish.
  5. Swim 15 metres of a recognized front stroke using a correct touch finish.
  6. Swim 20 metres of back crawl using a correct touch finish.
  7. Swim 5 metres on the back using a double arm action and dolphin leg kick.
  8. Swim 5 metres on the side using a dolphin leg kick.
  9. Start in a crouch position in the water, spring up before gliding to the bottom of the pool, tucking and then placing both feet on the bottom of the pool before springing up.
  10. Swim underwater for 5 metres.

Four Star

Angelfish Three

Angelfish Three

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Be rescued by catching a rope.
  2. Perform a straddle entry and tread water for 30 seconds while wearing a t-shirt. Remove the t-shirt and climb out unassisted.
  3. Perform a head first and feet first surface dive.
  4. Scull feet first for 10 metres and head first for metres.
  5. Swim 25 metres of back crawl using a correct finish.
  6. Swim 25 metres of a recognized front stroke, incorporating a correct finish.
  7. Swim 20 metres of a recognized front stroke, incorporating a correct finish.
  8. Swim 5 metres of butterfly.
  9. Push and glide into a handstand.
  10. Perform a sitting dive.

Shark One

Shark One

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Perform a shout and signal rescue to a weak swimmer 5 metres away.
  2. Enter the water with a slide in entry, swim 10 metres in a t-shirt, tread water for 30 seconds, remove t-shirt and climb out.
  3. Swim 5 metres of a recognized front stroke perform a head-first surface dive and swim 5 metres underwater.
  4. Swim 5 metres of a recognized front stroke, perform a feet-first surface dive, tuck and swim 5 metres underwater.
  5. Swim 50 metres of a recognized front stroke.
  6. Swim 50 metres of back crawl.
  7. Swim 25 metres of a recognized front stroke.
  8. Swim 25 metres of Old English backstroke.
  9. Swim 25 metres of front crawl, demonstrating bilateral breathing.
  10. Perform a kneeling dive.

Five Star

Shark Two

Shark Two

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Perform a reaching rescue to a casualty up to 2 metres from the side.
  2. Throw buoyant aid 3 metres to a target point in the pool.
  3. Enter the water with the step-in entry, swim 10 metres of a recognized stroke in a t-shirt and shorts, tread water for 1 minute, swim 5 metres of a recognized stroke, surface dive, swim 3 metres underwater, surface, climb out of the pool unassisted.
  4. Swim 75 metres, performing 3 recognised strokes with a smooth transition and the correct turns.
  5. Scull head first for 20 metres.
  6. Swim 10 metres of butterfly stroke.
  7. Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, swim 20 metres of side stroke.
  8. Perform a plunge dive, swim one width of the pool or 7 metres.
  9. Swim 4×1 width individual medley, incorporating the transition procedure at the end of each stroke.
  10. Perform a backwards somersault.

Shark Three

Shark Three

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Throw a rope more than 5 metres.
  2. Enter the water with a straddle jump, swim 25 metres in a recognized stroke in a t-shirt and shorts, tread water or scull support for 1 minute, tread water for 1 minute waving one arm, surface dive, swim 5 metres underwater, surface and remove clothing.
  3. Swim 100 metres of a recognized stroke on the front, with correct start, turns and finish.
  4. Swim 50 metres of a recognized front stroke, with correct start, turns and finish.
  5. Swim 100 metres of back crawl, with correct start, turns and finish.
  6. Swim 25 metres of a fourth recognized stroke, not undertaken in other tests.
  7. Swim 4×1 length individual medley that incorporate the transition procedure at the end of each stroke.
  8. Perform a competitive start for two separate strokes using two different stances.
  9. Swim 50 metres side stroke or Old English backstroke.
  10. Perform a head-first surface dive and pick up a sinkable toy from the bottom of the pool.

Bronze

Advanced Swimmer Bronze

Advanced Swimmer Bronze

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Swim 200 metres within 6 minutes using a recognised competitive stroke.
  2. Swim 50 metres in 70 seconds.
  3. Swim 6 widths, performing front and back tumble turns.
  4. Swim 3 widths of breaststroke, performing two-handed turns and a finish.
  5. Swim 3 widths of butterfly, performing two-handed turns and a finish.
  6. Swim 4×3 widths of individual medley.
  7. Perform a front and back somersault.
  8. Scull 15 metres head first and 15 metres feet first.
  9. Tread water, using eggbeater leg action, for 1 minute.
  10. Swim 25 metres polo crawl with a ball, showing control and keeping the ball just in front of the head OR synchronising with another, swim 10 metres breaststroke and 10 metres back crawl.

Silver

Advanced Swimmer Silver

Advanced Swimmer Silver

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Swim 400 metres within 10 minutes using a recognized competitive stroke.
  2. Swim 100 metres in 2 minutes.
  3. Swim 4×50 metres of individual medley.
  4. Perform a tucked back somersault from a back layout and finish with back layout.
  5. Perform a tucked front somersault from a front layout and finish with front layout.
  6. Scull 15 metres head first, support scull for 5 seconds and 15 metres feet first.
  7. Tread water, using eggbeater leg action, for 90 seconds.
  8. Tread water, catch a ball, swim 25 metres polo crawl showing changes in direction, then pass the ball to another person OR synchronizing with another, swim 10 metres of front crawl, change direction and swim 10 metres of breaststroke.
  9. Swim 10 metres underwater from a front push and glide.
  10. Swim 10 metres underwater from a back push and glide.

Gold

Advanced Swimmer Gold

Advanced Swimmer Gold

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Swim 400 metres within 8 minutes using a recognized competitive stroke.
  2. Swim 100 metres in 90 seconds.
  3. Swim 4×50 metres of individual medley within 5 minutes.
  4. Perform 2 tucked back somersaults from a back layout and finish with a back layout.
  5. Perform 2 tucked front somersaults from a front layout and finish with a back layout.
  6. Scull 25 metres standard scull, support scull for 10 seconds and reverse scull for 25 metres.
  7. Tread water, using the eggbeater leg action, for 2 minutes.
  8. Tread water, catch a ball, rotate 360°, swim 50 metres polo crawl, passing and receiving the ball on 4 occasions during the swim OR synchronizing with another, swim 5 metres breaststroke underwater, resurface and swim 10 metres of front crawl, change direction, standard scull 10 metres, change direction, reverse scull 10 metres, feet-first surface dive and swim 5 metres of breaststroke underwater, resurface and swim 5 metres of breaststroke.
  9. Swim 15 metres underwater from a front push and glide.
  10. Swim 15 metres underwater from a back push and glide.

Platinum

Advanced Swimmer Platinum

Advanced Swimmer Platinum

Award Criteria

Demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Swim 400 metres wearing a t-shirt and long trousers, tread water for 3 minutes, waving one arm to attract attention, and 2 minutes normally, collect a buoyant aid and show the HELP position for 2 minutes and HUDDLE position for 3 minutes, then swim 200 metres with the aid within 5 minutes and climb out unassisted.
  2. Perform a feet-first surface dive wearing t-shirt and long trousers, swim 10 metres underwater.
  3. Perform a head-first surface dive wearing t-shirt and long trousers, swim 10 metres underwater.
  4. Swim 100 metres in 75 seconds.
  5. Swim 4×50 metres of individual medley within 4 minutes.
  6. Perform a competitive front start and show a smooth transition into a 100-metre swim.
  7. Perform a competitive back start and show a smooth transition into a 100-metre swim.
  8. Swim 25 metres using an eggbeater leg action.
  9. Tread water while passing and receiving a ball with a partner or group, keeping the ball above the water continuously for 3 minutes.
  10. Synchronise with 2 other swimmers to perform a safe entry, submerge, swim 5 metres of underwater breaststroke, resurface by rotating backwards into a back layout, perform a back somersault finishing in a tub, rotate 360° and hold for 10 seconds, perform a bent knee to ballet leg hold for 5 seconds return to bent knee and back layout, torpedo scull for 5 metres.