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Swimming at The Radstone

Developing Skills for Life

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We truly believe swimming is not only a first class form of exercise but it is also a vital life skill and that is why we ensure that children from Year 2 right through to Year 6 have the opportunity to swim during the academic year. For all children throughout Key Stage 2, we run The Radstone Rookie Lifeguard scheme which allows the children to learn some alternative water and lifesaving skills to ensure that everybody, whatever their ability, continue to develop and progress in the pool. Back in 2012, the government released data showing how poor certain areas of the country were for ensuring children were able to swim. We are extremely proud to point out that our area, South Northamptonshire, came out on top for the entire country where 91% were able to swim 25 metres on leaving primary school.


Teaching Survival and Self-Rescue Skills

The Radstone Rookie lifeguard award ensures children are secure in their knowledge and understand the principles of personal survival and self rescue.  They put this knowledge into practice by confidently swimming the survival strokes, tread water for a length of time, and maintain floating and 'HELP' positions.  Other skills are used in comprehensive water activities.  These include being able to demonstrate the following rescues: Shout & Signal, Reach and Throw rescues using ropes and a variety of floating objects.  Throughout all swimming lessons, whatever their ability the children learn and apply the SAFE code.