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The National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) 2007

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National Plan for Teaching Swimming

The National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) takes the non-swimmer on a journey, from the first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.


The Swimmer’s ‘journey through aquatics’ starts with FOUNDATION, a Programme for developing early years water confidence, which is encouraged through sessions such as ‘adult and child’ and ‘pre-school’ sessions. The emphasis is upon development of very basic motor skills and introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The next stage along the ‘journey’ takes a Swimmer through FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS, STAGE 1 - 7 of the NPTS.

Stage 1  

Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats, etc.


Stage 2

Developing safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel front and back up to a distance of 5 metres, plus rotation to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats, etc.


Stage 3

Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge. At this stage, the Swimmer will be assessed without the use of aids or support.


Stage 4

Developing an understanding of buoyancy, through a range of skills; refining kicking technique for all strokes, & swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the asa.


Stage 5

Developing ‘watermanship’ through sculling & treading water skills; complete rotation, & performing all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to the given standard as provided by the asa.


Stage 6


Developing effective swimming skills, including co-ordinated breathing across all strokes plus swimming a distance of 25 metres using a stroke of the Swimmers choice; developing the water safety aspects & understanding of preparation for exercise.


Stage 7

Developing quality stroke technique up to 100 metres; incorporating skills learnt & combining them to develop a linked routine; complete successfully an obstacle course that combines a variety of skills accomplished throughout stages 1 - 7.


Stages 8 – 10


Once the swimmer has developed the core range of skills required to be confident, competent and safe in the water through stages 1 - 7, they may then have the choice to take part in different aquatic disciplines. Opportunities to experience competitive Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo & Rookie Lifesaving may be available – dependent upon demand.



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Wroughton, Swindon, Stratton, Wootten Bassett - North Wiltshire - South West England in the UK.
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