Stage 7+

Stage 7+

Stage 7+ is a group aimed at swimmers ages 8 – 9 years who we want to offer more pool time to ensure they get to their target groups at the right age. This is a small group to ensure we can offer the highest level of teaching and corrections. This group is ideally aimed at swimmers showing promise that have come to the Academy later, rather than starting off in Stage 5 at the target age group.


Stage 7+ swimmers will require the following equipment:

  • Kick Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Bracknell & Wokingham Swimming Club Hat
  • Drink (water)
  • Short/mid length flippers

(Swimmers with no drink will not be allowed to train due to the intensity and length of the sessions)

Stage 7+ Criteria

  1. Perform a 50m of well-timed freestyle with a strong leg kick, arms switching with good timing and correct breathing throughout
  2. Perform 50m of backstroke starting with a streamlined push and glide on back from two feet, streamlined under the water (alternate arm pull down) Straight arm recovery and good body position throughout, correct pitch for hand entry and finish on back
  3. Perform 50m Breaststroke showing correct timing and a legal stroke with a legal underwater phase and two handed finish
  4. Perform a breaststroke underwater phase of 3 counts per section
  5. Perform 25m of Butterfly full stroke with arms clearing the water on every pull and two kicks per stroke (no freestyle or breaststroke kicks)
  6. Perform 2 lengths of streamlined kick for ALL strokes maintaining correct arm and body position throughout
  7. Perform a sitting, standing and racing dive safely into deep water (1.5m)
  8. Understand and perform finishes for all 4 strokes
  9. Perform correct streamlined underwater phases for backstroke, freestyle and butterfly to the 5m mark staying underwater, in 15m breakout
  10. Perform 150m of freestyle with controlled good technique and breathing patterns throughout, without stopping
  11. Perform basic tumble turns for freestyle and backstroke in deep water

Swimmers in this group are also tested on a basic version of the ASA Start award to prepare them for racing in the Mini Meet that happens termly.

Pool Locations
Academy Training Schedule