BADGE AWARD SCHEME
The award scheme used by Splash Academy is comprehensive, structured and fun which means it provides an excellent means of motivating swimmers of all ages and abilities, whilst giving the teachers a way to measure the progress made during their lessons.
The Athlete Support Pathway was implemented by the governing body to ensure the building blocks of learning are put into place during the young swimmers growth and development, with an understanding of the importance of excellent foundations being laid down for future technique development.
Initial orientation plays an enormous part in the pupil feeling at ease in the water. Water confidence will lead to a greater understanding thereby leading to an enhanced development of more complex skills, as the pupils move through the award scheme.
Based on these sound educational principles, the award scheme has 10 Splash standards starting with easier tasks working to the more complex, embracing in the latter Splash standards other disciplines such as diving, synchronised swimming, personal survival and water polo. This learning is achieved at the same time as the need to learn many life skills, such as waiting a turn, sharing, listening and reaching for high standards.
Pupils will move through the award scheme at different rates, always being challenged to meet a high standard, but recognising different learning capabilities.
In addition to the Splash 1 to 10 we also have distance badges to ensure that not only will the pupils be working on skills and the stroke techniques, but that they are also improving on their ability to swim without aids and later on their stamina and swimming longer distances with sound techniques.
In partnership with the ASA we have Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours awards, which in tandem with the Splash standards and Achiever One and Two, challenges the swimmers as they reach an advanced level, allowing them to be measured to national standards.
All the teachers understand and champion the pupils achieving their awards, and work hard to attain excellent results as the term proceeds, BUT not at the expense of standards. Only pupils reaching the pass standard will be awarded their next badge.
The Splash Badge Award Scheme is considered very highly and six other swim schools currently use the Splash scheme for their own lessons, with an increasing number of other schools also showing interest.