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Swim Ireland Level 1 (recommended minimum of 5 yrs)

  • Understanding of basic pool rules
  • Pick up objects from the bottom of the pool in shallow water
  • Enter and exit the pool safely without support
  • Using a board/aid float on back unassisted
  • Bob up and down repeatedly, submerging body & blow bubbles through nose & mouth
  • Roll 180 degrees from front to back then regain feet
  • Kick on front unsupported
  • Kick on back with aid unsupported

Swim Ireland Level 2

  • Understanding of basic pool rules
  • Pick up objects from the bottom of the pool in shallow water
  • Enter & exit pool safely without assistance
  • Using a board/aid float on back unassisted
  • Bob up and down repeatedly, submerging body and blow bubbles through nose and mouth
  • Roll 180 degrees from front to back then regain feet
  • Kick on front with aid unassisted
  • Kick on back with aid unassisted

Swim Ireland Level 3

  • From a standing position swim through a submerged hoop
  • Safe pool entry from a standing and sitting position
  • Demonstrate a floating position on front and back for 10 seconds
  • Push off wall and slide on front and back then regain feet
  • Demonstrate rotary breathing – show head turning to the side to breath
  • Rotate 360 degrees without touching the pool floor
  • Demonstrate a freestyle arm action with a board for 5m
  • Demonstrate a backstroke arm action with a board for 5m

Swim Ireland Level 4

  • Using an aid tread water using a cycle kicking action and a breastroke type leg action for 20 seconds
  • Demonstrate a handstand from the bottom of the pool
  • Demonstrate a sitting dive and glide
  • From a floating position swim through submerged hoop
  • Push and glide on front and back holding glide for 2m
  • Swim 5m freestyle breathing to the side
  • Swim 5m backstroke tummy up
  • Swim 5m β€˜froggy’ arms
  • Kick on front and back with board for 10m

Swim Ireland Level 5

  • Demonstrate a forward somersault from a standing position
  • Demonstrate a kneeling dive
  • Demonstrate 3 different floating positions
  • Demonstrate a good push off from the wall on front and kick in a streamlined position for 5m
  • Demonstrate understanding of bi-lateral breathing
  • Swim 10m freestyle breathing to one the side
  • Swim 10m backstroke keeping head still
  • Swim 10m on front showing breastroke type actions
  • Kick on front and back for 15m with no support

Swim Ireland Level 6

  • Tread water for 15 seconds keeping the head clear of the water and then swim 15m
  • Surface dive and retrieve an object from the pool floor in deep water
  • Demonstrate a kneeling dive and swim out
  • Demonstrate a good push off with streamlining, on front and back from good starting position
  • Scull 10m on the front in a forward direction
  • Swim 2 x 15m freestyle showing good technique and breathing without stopping
  • Swim 2 x 15m backstroke showing good technique without stopping
  • Using a kickboard kick 2 x 15m breastroke
  • Kick 10m arms by side using a butterfly style undulating action
  • Swim 4 x 10m each of freestyle and backstroke without stopping

Swim Ireland Level 7

  • Demonstrate life jacket use/survival position ie. H.E.L.P
  • Demonstrate a front somersault from floating position
  • Demonstrate a crouching dive
  • Using a pull buoy scull 15m on front head first and feet first
  • Swim 25m freestyle with good technique
  • Swim 15m breastroke with correct timing
  • Attempt butterfly arms and legs together for 5m
  • Tread water attempting eggbeater kick for 45 seconds then swim 25m
  • Swim 50m using 2 different strokes holding good technique, attempting turns

Swim Ireland Level 8 (Final SI Stage)

  • Demonstrate a standing dive into deep water
  • Demonstrate a good push, glide and streamline on front and back: hold and kick under water for 5m
  • Using a pull buoy scull 15m on front and back head first and feet first
  • Swim 50m f/s demonstrating good rhythm & breathing
  • Swim 50m backstroke demonstrating good rhythm and breathing
  • Swim 25m breastroke attempting pull out and regular breathing
  • Swim 10m using a butterfly action
  • Using a kickboard kick 4 x 25m freestyle and backstroke
  • Pull 25m freestyle using a pull buoy
  • Swim 100m using 2 different strokes holding good technique and turns without stopping