Gold Award

The Gold award is the third of 3 awards that help build the skills, style and stamina to being a competent swimmer. This award challenges the children to use a good range of skills, whilst building their stamina with a focus on good stroke style. 


Once our swimmers have completed the gold award we offer them the opportunity to swim a mile and gain this long distance award and we like to encourage them to further develop their competitive swim techniques by joining a local training squad. See what we cover in our gold award below.

Section A

  1. To plunge dive into water of at least full reach depth and swim 100 metres in two minutes, 30 seconds or less, using two different strokes, 50 metres of each.
  2. To tread water for three minutes with one hand remaining above the head throughout. The arm raised may be changed no more than five times.
  3. To scull head-first on the back for 10 metres, move into a tucked position and turn through 360° keeping the head above water. Return to the starting point by sculling feet first with the feet at or near the surface throughout and the hands close to the hips.
  4. To swim 10 metres, perform a forward somersault without touching the pool bottom and continue to swim in the same direction for a further 10 metres.

Section B

  1. To swim 800 metres using three of the following strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, english backstroke or sidestroke for a minimum distance of 200 metres per stroke. A change of stroke may only occur every 100 metres. This swim to be completed in 25 minutes.
  2. To climb out at the deep end without assistance.

All Swimming Awards

bronze swimming award

Bronze AwardGold swimming award

Ages 4+

A series of basic challenges that are taught and assesed earning a bronze swimming certificate.

Silver swimming awards

Silver swimming awardSilver Award

Ages  4+

A series of challenges that are taught and assesed earning a silver swimming certificate.

Gold swimming award

Gold AwardBronze

Ages 4+

A series of challenges that are taught and assesed earning a gold swimming certificate.

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