A child’s first learn to swim experience is one of the most important in terms of capturing and retaining their interest. We believe the best way to achieve this is to create safe environments in which children can be introduced to the water whilst having fun and by providing a progressive learn to swim programme that is both challenging and rewarding.
Using our extensive experience of developing pre-school swimming and water safety programmes and understanding the importance of these first introductions to the water, we have developed the STAnley – First Steps Series.
Important Information for Programme Users
- The First Step Series is designed to teach children aged 2 years upwards to learn to swim.
- After completing the 7 steps of the STAnley First Steps Series, pupils should progress to ILSP Level 2 – Goldfish Series.
- Older Children will probably wish to learn to swim using the Octopus Series.
For more information download the ILSP Resource Manual.
Offering a progressive aquatic awareness programme for young children from 2 to 5 years, the STAnley – First Steps Series combines a flexible mix of lessons, activities and incentives. There are seven progressive levels, each with its own full-colour A4 certificate and woven badge.
The STAnley – First Steps Series focuses on creating fun, positive experiences for young children that will not only help them to develop physically, but also emotionally, intellectually and socially too, whilst equipping them with key safety skills in the water. It builds upon our commitment to making water a safe and enjoyable environment for young children, where they can gain valuable skills for a lifetime’s successful and safe swimming, and enjoyment of the aquatic environment.
The Series also links together and provides a more logical progression from the STARFISH baby and young child water safety programme, to the STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme and the National Teaching Plan.