Ducklings
Pre-School

Our Duckling swimming lessons are a programme designed for pre-school children to get them started on their swimming lesson journey. In addition, these lessons naturally follow on from the Discovery Duckling scheme.

In our Duckling lessons, children begin to learn the basics of swimming, get moving around the pool independently and increase their water confidence, whilst at the same time having lots of fun in the pool!

Our Duckling lessons are a great way to let young children explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. Due to their young age, Duckling lessons are delivered with a more playful approach to help keep their attention!

Duckling classes are kept very small with 3 or 4 children per class and our qualified swimming instructor will be in the pool with the class too. Parents and carers watch from the side of the pool, and in the event of a particularly energetic and splashy lesson, it might be a good idea for you to wear your waterproofs!

The main aims of the Duckling programme are to develop water confidence, independent swimming, floatation skills and eventually swimming 5m and without the use of buoyancy or floatation aids.

The Duckling programme consists of five exciting awards to achieve. Duckling 1 will see the children start to move by themselves in the water and by Duckling 5 they will be jumping in, going underwater, floating and swimming without the use of arm bands.

Monday

12pm – 4pm

Tuesday

No Lessons

Wednesday

12pm – 4pm

Thursday

No Lessons

Friday

12pm – 4pm

Saturday

No Lessons

Sunday

No Lessons

What do we need to bring to Duckling lessons?

All your child needs is their swimming costume and towel – we provide floatation aids. If your child prefers to wear goggles, that’s fine with us, please bring your own.

The only thing we ask is for children with longer hair to please have it tied back in a bobble or wear a swimming cap.

What is the water temperature like?

The pool temperature plays a vital part in ensuring your child’s enjoyment of their swimming lesson. For this reason, our pool water temperature is kept at a lovely
32-33˚C, which is the ideal temperature for younger children.

How many children are in a Ducklings class?

For Duckling 1 and 2 there are 3 children per class. When we get onto Duckling 3 the class size increases to 4 as the children are now at a point where they can move independently around the pool without additional support from their instructor.

Is the instructor in the pool with Ducklings classes?

Yes, our instructors teach from within the pool for all our Duckling swimming lessons. Not only does this enable us to provide better support to the children, we feel it gives additional confidence to your child whilst improving water safety at the same time.

To check availability or to book a place, please call or email Gemma on the details below:

Email: gemma@swimschoollancs.co.uk Tel: 07968 066947

Our Duckling lessons are structured over a 12 week course.
Payment is required every four weeks: £45

Your little swimmer will be automatically re-enrolled onto the next 12 week course until the point where we either move your little one up to our Dolphin classes (4 years +) or you cancel your place.

Ducklings Award Scheme

Our Ducklings swim courses are structured over 12 weeks to cover one of the Duckling levels, then move up to the next level and so on. The series of awards naturally progress onto our Dolphins course…

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Enter the water safely with adult support
  2. Blow bubbles at the water surface
  3. Wet the head without submersion
  4. Swim 5m on front with adult support
  5. Swim 5m on back with adult support
  6. Star float on back with adult support
  7. Jump in (seated if necessary), rotate and return to the side with adult support
  8. Exit the water safely with adult support

Floatation aids may be used to pass this stage. All 8 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Make a seated entry, with adult support if required
  2. Submerge the face with confidence
  3. Blow an object for 5m
  4. Swim on front for 10m
  5. Swim on back on 10m
  6. Swim on front for 5m, log roll to back, swim on back for 5m
  7. Swim on back for 5m, log roll to front, swim on front for 5m
  8. Pencil float on back with adult support
  9. Move along the rail / wall to exit at the steps without adult support
  10. Jump in (standing), rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support

Floatation aids may be used to pass this stage. All 10 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Make a seated entry without adult support
  2. Submerge the head and face completely with adult support
  3. Swim on front for 20m
  4. Swim on back for 20m
  5. Swim on front for 10m, rotational tuck and return on back for 10m
  6. Using a float (arms outstretched), kick for 5m on front
  7. Star float on back without adult support for 10 seconds
  8. Pencil float on back without adult support for 10 seconds
  9. Push and glide on back with adult support
  10. Push and glide on front with adult support
  11. Jump in (standing), rotate and return to the side without adult support
  12. Swim without floatation aids for 5m

Floatation aids may be used to pass this stage – except criteria 12.
10 of the 12 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Jump into the water unaided, but supervised
  2. Submerge the head and face completely without adult support
  3. Swim through the hoop with the face submerged for 3m
  4. Swim on front for 15m then swim on back for 15m – 4 lengths in total
  5. Swim on back for 10m, rotational tuck and return on front for 10m
  6. Breaststroke legs on back for 10m
  7. Mushroom float on back without adult support for 10 seconds
  8. Mushroom float on front with face submerged and with adult support
  9. Push and glide on back without adult support
  10. Push and glide on front with face submerged and without adult support
  11. Jump in the deep end, rotate 360° spin and swim to ladders
  12. Swim without floatation aids for 10m

Floatation aids may be used to pass this stage – except criteria 12.
10 of the 12 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.

By completing this award you should be able to:

  1. Jump into the water unaided, but supervised
  2. Submerge the head and face completely without adult support
  3. Swim through the hoop with the face submerged for 3m
  4. Swim on front for 15m
  5. Swim on back for 15m
  6. Swim on front for 10m, rotational tuck, and return on back for 10m
  7. Breaststroke legs on front with floatation aids for 10m
  8. Backstroke with floatation aids for 10m
  9. Push and glide (front or back)
  10. Star float on back for 5 seconds
  11. Pencil float on back for 5 seconds
  12. Mushroom float on back for 5 seconds
  13. Attempt to retrieve submerged object with adult support
  14. Jump in, return to side and climb out without the use of ladders

Floatation aids may not be used to pass this stage unless otherwise stated.
12 of the 14 outcomes must be achieved to pass this stage.