Rewards & Recognition

Rewards and recognition play an important part in the National Learn to Swim Framework in partnership with Scottish Water, helping children and parents to mark and celebrate their achievements as they progress along the learn to swim pathway. If you are a Leisure Trust or aquatic provider on the Framework looking to order certificates and badges please send in this NEW ORDER FORM by email to

As a Leisure Trust you have access to many of our activations such as our Challenge Duncan machine, which is available to book throughout the year. Find out more.

There are certificates and badges for all levels from Preschool through to Club Ready which cover all the aquatic disciplines. These are available to aquatic providers on the National Framework to order via the order form on this page.

Early Years

The Early Years Programme has three levels; Adult & Baby, Adult & Toddler and Adult & Child. There are certificates for each level to reward and recognise your child's progress. For more information on these certificates and the Learn to Swim programme specifically, visit the Early Years page.


Aim: To become water confident and develop core aquatic skills (without adult assistance but with buoyancy aids as required)


  • Introduce complete non-swimmers to the aquatic environment and establish an understanding of safety in and around water
  • Develop and progress water confidence
  • Establish an understanding of basic core aquatic skills
  • Encourage independent movement
  • Develop skills through enjoyment, fun and self-discovery

Swim Skills 1

Aim: To further develop water confidence and develop core aquatic skills without aids


  • Develop confidence and ability to perform a wide range of core aquatic skills without buoyancy aids
  • Develop the basic technique of the strokes
  • Introducing the basic technique of sculling
  • Develop balance and buoyancy through a variety of activities

Swim Skills 2

Aim: To increase the competency of the core aquatic skills and develop basic stroke technique


  • Introduce and progress new core aquatic skills
  • Develop stroke technique to include all four strokes
  • Introduction to diving (pool permitting)
  • Develop awareness and feel for the water through a variety of core aquatic skills

Swim Skills 3

Aim: Introduce more advanced stroke technique and achieve Triple S standard


  • Further develop competency in all four strokes
  • Achieve the Triple S award / Scotland’s Safe Swimmer Award
  • Development of diving
  • Further developing Butterfly and Breaststroke aiming to achieve legal technique

Swim Skills 4

Aim: To improve the quality of stroke technique, introduce multi aquatic skills/disciplines and basic lifesaving skills


  • To demonstrate competent technique in all four strokes
  • Introduce lifesaving skills and basic aquatic discipline skills
  • To provide basic skills to enable progression in to all aquatic disciplines including life saving

Club Ready Swim

Aim: To improve and maintain stroke technique over distance and develop basic training and race skills producing a swimmer who is Club Ready


  • Advance swimming stamina for all four strokes whilst maintaining technique
  • Improve efficiency in all four strokes
  • To develop turn technique for all four strokes
  • Knowledge and understanding of club training practices

Dive Skills 1/Learn to Dive

Aim: To introduce new core aquatic skills, try out diving and cross over from swimming, gymnastics or trampolining.


  • Pass Dive Skills 1, 2 and 3
  • Learn a head first entry from the poolside
  • Introduce forward and backward directions
  • Learn dive shapes
  • Armswings

Dive Skills 2/Learn to Dive

Aim: Introduction to six directions of dives from the poolside and the 1 metre and 3 metre boards.


  • Perform quality movements and progressions
  • Attention to detail
  • Develop skills, chains and progressions

Club Ready Dive

Aim: To join a diving club and compete in events.


  • Able to pike fall, tuck roll and straight fall from the 3 metre board
  • Able to perform a forward dive tuck, back fall and backdive from the 1 metre diving board
  • Able to jump from the 5 metre board forwards
  • Potential to become competitive novice/skills level diver
  • Knowledge and understanding of the club training practices and competition format and rules