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BritSwim Learn-to-Swim Levels 2021

Welcome to the BritSwim Learn-To-Swim Levels! This is where we let you know exactly what our students are working towards, with what objective, and how our teachers grade their skills. 

BritSwim's Learn-To-Swim Levels run from Level One - where we foster trust and confidence, and get students comfortable with safety rules and submersion - all the way to Level Seven, in which students are refining their stroke foundations, ready to move to BritSwim Stroke Development.

In each of the BritSwim Levels, you can see a set of skills, several benchmarks, and a grading system. 

Skills are what students will be working towards achieving during their time in that level - although what they learn in lessons is not limited to these skills: BritSwim teachers understand that our students are individuals, and will tailor every class to make it relevant, fun, and effective. Sometimes that means teaching a sitting dive earlier than codified, and we're fine with that.

The skills students learn in each level feed into the Level Benchmarks. These are the criteria students MUST be able to demonstrate consistently and comfortably, before passing onto the next BritSwim Level. This is crucial in making sure that our students are getting a proper, solid foundation in the skills, and also in keeping up the standards in teaching and groups. And note the 'consistently and comfortably': one good performance of a skill is not enough for BritSwim teachers to consider it done. The student must be able to repeat the same skill when requested, so we know that the appropriate depth of knowledge has been achieved.

The grading system - bronze, silver, and gold - helps us provide the most suitable groups for every student; for example, if a group is working on skills in a level mostly at the bronze stage, we would know only to add students of that experience into it, rather than those who are towards the gold end of the grading spectrum. 

Lastly, we'd like to share the system BritSwim teachers use to keep track of, and report on, students' progress after each lesson. During any BritSwim class, teachers will be focusing on one core skill, introducing another complementary skill, plus giving warm up drills - usually a skill the students are familiar with - and a fun activity before ending. So, in each class there are opportunities for our teachers to grade maybe three or four skills, which they do on our custom software, using the bronze/silver/gold options. An algorithm then calculates the percentage of the whole level that student has now completed, and this is sent out on a weekly email report. 

It's important to note here that student progress percentages may not move from week to week, every week. There is a big difference between a bronze grading and a silver one on any one level - the different between learning a skill and being able to demonstrate it well in repeated instances. Once students reach a high silver overall mark, they can move up to the next level - it's not necessary to reach 100% to progress to new skills.

And of course we don't teach all the skills of each level every single class - our students, and our teachers, are only human. So particularly in higher levels, where the skills are more numerous, and in the first classes, while we are working diligently to ensure that foundation is set for future swimming success, students will be working on just a few key skills out of many - so progress as a number may not show up for a few weeks. 

At the end of a season, students will be graded on how they performed within their given level, achieving for example a Level Three Bronze certificate. Because bronze denotes a lack of comfort or consistency in the skills of that level - perhaps they just started swimming independently, or have trouble with deep water still - the student would need to continue to work on Level Three until at least a silver grade.

We hope that gives you a better idea of the way we monitor and grade our students' progress - and we're always happy to answer questions about your progress, and let you know exactly how we're working to reach your swimming goals.

Muscat, Oman