Bluefins Star Awards (pre-squads)

The following awards developed by Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming Club are specifically designed to prepare those swimmers at the end of the Learn to Swim program to enter the squad structure. As such, the

criteria has been created using both pre‐existing 'Learn To Swim' outcomes (stages 6‐7) in addition to key skills that swimmers will need to master, before they enter the Club Squad Structure. After passing each stage swimmers will be awarded the appropriate badge and certificate, in addition to the distance badges which will be offered too.

The 3 Bluefins Star Awards are independent to moving through the Skills Academy Pre-Squad.

For more information as to what's required for each award please see below.

Bluefins Star Award -
1 Star
(Beginner)

STREAMLINED OUTCOMES

  1. Push off’s on front
    A push and glide from the wall, in a streamlined position the surface of the water on front.

  2. Push off’s on back
    A push and glide from the wall, in a streamlined position the surface of the water on back.

STROKE OUTCOMES

  1. Frontcrawl
    Distance, 10m. Swim Frontcrawl with 6 rhythmical, bilateral breaths whilst expelling air in the water. Consistent over the water arm recovery.

  2. Backstroke
    Distance, 10m. Swim Backstroke maintaining a good head position with a consistent and rhythmical kick during the stroke.

  3. Breaststroke
    Distance, 10m. Swim Breaststroke with a sculling action to initiate breathing, correct timing and the correct movement pattern for the leg kick.

  4. Butterfly
    Distance, 10m. Body roll fly kick on front, good undulation from the whole body. Swim single arm fly for 10m.

RACE OUTCOMES

  1. Dive starts
    Perform a dive (sitting, kneeing or standing) into the pool.

  2. Tumble Turns
    Push and glide into a roly poly, maintain a tucked position.

  3. Starts/turns/finishes
    Complete a legal start and finish for both Frontcrawl and Backstroke.

SKILL OUTCOMES

  1. Sculling
    Head first sculling for 10m.

  2. Distance Swim
    Swim 50m Frontcrawl (Earn 50m distance badge).

  3. Treading water
    Demonstrate basic treading water for 15 seconds arms and legs.

KNOWLEDGE OUTCOMES

  1. Basic "Swimmer" knowledge
    Explain why you need to bring water (basic understanding) and consistently bring water to training.

Bluefins Star Award -
2 Star
 (Intermediate)
 

STREAMLINED OUTCOMES

  1. Push off’s on front
    A push and glide from the wall, in a streamlined position, pushing off under the water on front.

  2. Push off’s on back
    A push and glide from the wall, in a streamlined position, pushing off under the water on back.

STROKE OUTCOMES

  1. Frontcrawl
    Distance, 25m. Swim Frontcrawl whereby the breathing action is initiated through a body roll and not a head lift/turn. Consistent over the water arm recover with good technique.

  2. Backstroke
    Distance, 25m. Swim Backstroke with good body rotation from hips and shoulders, introduce a smooth arm action.

  3. Breaststroke
    Distance, 25m. Swim Breaststroke with a sculling action to initiate breathing, include a glide and introduce a whip kick.

  4. Butterfly
    Distance, 25m. Body roll kick and either an effective fly kick on back (arms by side) or on side. Swim full stroke fly for 10m.

RACE OUTCOMES

  1. Dive starts
    Perform a dive (kneeing or standing) into the pool and maintain a streamlined glide for a minimum of 5m.

  2. Tumble Turns
    Swim into a roly poly mid pool, maintaining a tucked position.

  3. Starts/turns/finishes
    Complete a legal start and finish for breaststroke and butterfly, plus a legal Frontcrawl and Backstroke turn.

SKILL OUTCOMES

  1. Sculling
    Feet first sculling for 10m.

  2. Distance Swim
    Swim 100m Frontcrawl and 100m Backstroke (Earn 100m distance badge).

  3. Treading water
    30 seconds of eggbeater leg kick with arms.

KNOWLEDGE OUTCOMES

  1. Basic "Swimmer" knowledge
    On coaches instruction (e.g. when previously swimmer is past the flags) set off for their swim independently.

Bluefins Star Award -
3 Star (Advanced)

STREAMLINED OUTCOMES

  1. Push off’s on front
    A push and glide from the wall, in a streamlined position, pushing off under the water on front, with three fly kicks.

  2. Push off’s on back
    A push and glide from the wall, in a streamlined position, pushing off under the water on back, with three fly kicks.

STROKE OUTCOMES

  1. Frontcrawl
    Distance, 50m. Able to swim with good control over breathing, for example adopting a breathing pattern of 3/5/7. Consistent over the water arm recover with good technique.

  2. Backstroke
    Distance, 50m. Swim Backstroke with consistent body rotation within the stroke with a smooth arm action and rhythmical kicks.

  3. Breaststroke
    Distance, 50m. Progress from a scull to a small Breaststroke arm action, maintain effective timing including a glide.

  4. Butterfly
    Distance, 25m. Effective kicking for all three variations, body roll, kicking on side and kicking on back (arms by side), in addition to 25m full stroke fly.

RACE OUTCOMES

  1. Dive starts
    Perform a standing dive into the pool, maintain a streamlined glide for a minimum of 5m and include 3 fly kicks under the water.

  2. Tumble Turns
    Complete a static or moving tumble turn against a wall with a streamlined push off.

  3. Starts/turns/finishes
    Complete a legal start, turn and finish for all four strokes.

SKILL OUTCOMES

  1. Sculling
    10m of sculling in one direction, transitioning into 10m of sculling in the opposite direction (demonstrate ability to change direction).

  2. Distance Swim
    Swim 200m Frontcrawl and 100m IM (Earn 200m distance badge).

  3. Treading water
    1 minute of eggbeater leg kick, arms out of the water for some of the time.

KNOWLEDGE OUTCOMES

  1. Basic "Swimmer" knowledge
    Demonstrate a basic understanding of pre pool, initial understanding and demonstration of the “raise” part.

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