Rewards & Recognition

The Learn to Swim programme is designed to enable teachers to plan, deliver and assess progressive programmes that produce swimmers that, depending on their ambitions, are either ‘club ready’ or ‘ready for lifelong swimming’. 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. There are certificates and badges for all levels from Preschool Aquafun through to Club Ready certificates which cover all the aquatic disciplines. 

Please ask your local swimming lessons provider about the certificates and badges relevant for your child.

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