STAnley Award  

The STAnley First Step Series is designed to teach children aged 2 years upwards to learn to swim.  After completing the 7 steps of the STAnley First Step Series, learners should progress to the Goldfish Series.  Older children may wish to learn to swim using the Octopus Series.

A child’s first learn to swim experience is one of the most important in terms of capturing and retaining their interest. We believe the best way to achieve this is to create safe environments in which children can be introduced to the water whilst having fun and by providing a progressive learn to swim programme that is both challenging and rewarding.

This series culminates with the STAnley Star award, which covers all the skills in the 7 awards ensuring that the learner is competent and confident in and around water.


Seal Award  

A fun group of seven awards designed to show learners from 2 years onwards basic swimming and important water safety skills.

A child’s first learn to swim experience is one of the most important in terms of capturing and retaining their interest. We believe the best way to achieve this is to create safe environments in which children can be introduced to the water whilst having fun and by providing a progressive learn to swim programme that is both challenging and rewarding.  This award award ensures that the learner is competent and confident in and around water.


Octopus Award  

An exciting group of 3 awards designed specifically for children between the age of 5 to 8 years old.

This enables older children to access the Learn to Swim pathway and develop their confidence, knowledge and skills. We believe the best way to achieve this is to create safe environments in which children can be introduced to the water whilst having fun and by providing a progressive learn to swim programme that is both challenging and rewarding.

On completion of the Octopus group of awards, learners can progress through the Learn to Swim journey and move on to the Goldfish, Angelfish and Shark series. A child’s first learn to swim experience is one of the most important in terms of capturing and retaining their interest.


Goldfish Award  

This programme is designed to be the next stage for swimmers who have advanced through either the Seal Awards or Octopus Awards  

The Goldfish group of Awards is an exciting series of 3 progressive awards expanding on skills in a fun, progressive, challenging and rewarding way.

On completion of this series, swimmers will be able to swim 15 metres without any aid as well as perform basic floats.


Angelfish Award  

This programme prepares swimmers to swim 25m without aid, perform butterfly stroke, fine tune sculling techniques and entries to the water. 

Once swimmers have completed the Goldfish Series they can progress to the Angelfish Series. On completion of the 3 progressive awards in this series, swimmers with be capable of swimming 25 metres without aid, perform butterfly stroke as well as mastering sculling techniques and entries to the water.


Shark Award  

This programme educates swimmers in basic water rescue and survival techniques as well as starts and turns for each of the strokes.

Once swimmers have completed the Goldfish Series they can progress to the Angelfish Series. On completion of the 3 progressive awards in this series, swimmers will be capable of swimming 25 metres without aid, perform butterfly stroke as well as mastering sculling techniques and entries to the water.