For our S4 swim school Central birmingham Teaching Groups (children aged 5+), we follow the ASA National Plan, stages 1 – 7, from Octopus to Goldfish to Angelfish and finally to Sharks.
The main focus here will be on children building their confidence further, with additional emphasis placed on propulsive movement. Before progressing to the next group children must demonstrate a basic over arm action on both frontcrawl & backstroke, and a simultaneous kick action on breastroke & butterly.
Once children reach goldfish level swimming, the main emphasis turns to technique introduction. In this group children will learn the basics on breaststroke, frontcrawl & backstroke paying greater attention to detail (turning the head to breathe, turning feet out on breaststroke, & little finger entry on backstroke). Butterfly kick will still be the major emphasis on this stroke progressing to dolphin shape (rhythm & timing).
To progress to angelfish groups children must demonstrate frontcrawl showing continuous correct breathing patterns. The backstroke & breaststroke arm action must be demonstrated correctly and rhythm and timing must be evident on butterfly (no arms at this stage). The main emphasis in angelfish groups will be technique developement (bent arm pull on backstroke, timing on breaststroke & an introduction to butterfly arms).
At shark level children can slowly start to increase the distance on frontcrawl, backstroke & breaststroke. Stamina building will only be introduced when the child is performing correct technique. The main emphasis here will be on advanced technique with a lot of focus on stroke length on breaststroke & frontcrawl, and rhythm & timing on backstroke & butterfly.