Aqua Passport

We are a fully affiliated member of Swim Wales and follow the Aqua Passport Scheme, devised by Swim Wales in association with Sport Wales and supported by the Welsh Government. This innovative scheme is a key element in the plan to get every child in Wales swimming confidently by the age of 11.

Aqua Passport is a seamless pathway: from a baby’s first experience in the water with an adult, to children who are competent swimmers, fully equipped to continue with aquatic activities for the rest of their lives. It has three distinctly branded awards: Splash, Wave and Skills.

We assess a child’s ability before they enter the pool, by evaluating past experience and water confidence in order to allocate a child to the correct teaching wave.
Examples of each wave are shown below:

Wave 1
⦁ Develop confidence in the water
⦁ Be safe whilst in the water and when getting in and out of the pool
⦁ Learn basic floating, sculling and breathing techniques
⦁ Start to learn front crawl, backstroke and either breaststroke or butterfly, with aids if needed

Wave 2
⦁ Be able to jump into the pool
⦁ Improve sculling, floating and breathing techniques
⦁ Glide in the streamlined position
⦁ Swim short distances of front crawl, backstroke and either breaststroke or butterfly without the use of aids

Wave 3
⦁ Collect an object from the pool floor
⦁ Improve sculling and floating
⦁ Learn how to tread water
⦁ Learn the Safe Code
⦁ Swim short distances of all four strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly without the use of aids

Wave 4
⦁ Learn how to do dolphin kicks under water
⦁ Learn the HELP position
⦁ Improve floating and treading water techniques
⦁ Improve the technique of all four strokes

Wave 5
⦁ Learn different shaped jumps
⦁ Learn how to do a forward somersault and a handstand in the water
⦁ Improve sculling and personal survival techniques
⦁ Swim longer distances in all four strokes, including a length (25M) of your favourite stroke

Wave 6
⦁ Learn how to properly warm up for exercise and why
⦁ Learn how to do a backward somersault, head first surface dive and sitting dive
⦁ Improve personal survival techniques, including swimming with clothes on
⦁ Swim longer distances in all four strokes, concentrating on technique

Wave 7
⦁ Learn how to do a plunge dive
⦁ Improve floating, sculling, treading water and rotation skills
⦁ Swim longer distances in all four strokes and swim an Individual Medley
⦁ Swim as part of a team in a relay race

Wave 8
⦁ Swim 25 metres of breaststroke and butterfly
⦁ Swim 50 metres of backstroke and front crawl
⦁ Improve floating, sculling, treading water and surface dive skills that are used in other aquatic disciplines