National Plan for Teaching Swimming

The Amateur Swimming Association’s Learn to Swim Framework – the National Plan for Teaching Swimming – is the national syllabus produced by the ASA to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons.

The ASA says its Learn to Swim Programme is already the most successful sports programme of its kind and the syllabus is currently being implemented in over 1,000 swimming programmes nationwide as well as being adopted overseas as a model of good practice.

The Learn to Swim Programme has been developed to use fun and games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water through 10 stages but is underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles, with clear progression between each stage. The programme fully encompasses all aquatic disciplines, and incorporates Rookie Lifesaving in conjunction with the Royal Life-Saving Society.

The Programme means teachers will be able to deliver consistent lessons and assess a swimmer’s progress thanks to the expected outcomes for each of the 10 stages.

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