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How to work towards ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation

The ASA’s Learn to Swim Accreditation programme is a tool to support the continuous improvement of learn to swim programmes. It sets industry standards for the delivery of learn to swim and can assure parents, customers and leisure managers that good practice is being implemented.

To achieve ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation sites must be able to demonstrate they are implementing the accreditation criteria. Click here for the ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation Criteria.

The criteria has been set following consultation with ASA Accredited facilities, ASA Assessors and Learn to Swim experts and using our swim21 Learn to Swim Accreditation criteria as a base. The criteria is also aligned to the Quest Accreditation programme, to ensure ASA programmes have the option of two different ways to achieve ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation. Existing swim21 accredited sites are automatically accredited onto the new programme for the remainder of their accreditation.

ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation is available to all organisations in England delivering a learn to swim programme. Swim schools, school swimming programmes, local authority operators, leisure trusts and private leisure providers can all apply. It is recommended that sites download the criteria first and consider whether their service provision reaches the required standard before applying. Multi-site organisations can also apply. Organisations with more than four sites will have a percentage of their sites assessed in line with Quest good practice. Contact accreditation@swimming.org if you need more information.

To achieve accreditation, sites will first have to assess themselves against the accreditation criteria and action plan to ensure they can achieve the accreditation.

Once you have reached the minimum criteria sites can apply for an assessment day by emailing us.

Assessment Days involve a site visit by an independent assessor and once the site has reached the required standard, accreditation is valid for two years. Please click here for a list of full resources to support sites interested in gaining accreditation, including more information about the criteria, process and assessment days.

Assessment prices

If you wish for your site/s to be assessed for ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation costs are as follows:

  • 1 site - £300 + VAT
  • 2 sites - £600 + VAT
  • 3 sites - £900 + VAT
  • 4-19 sites - £1200 + VAT
  • 20+ sites - please email us for a quote.

Multi-site assessment

If your organisation wishes to accredit four or more sites you will be eligible for a multi-site assessment where 20% of your sites will be assessed, with a minimum of four sites needed to be assessed to acheive the accreditation.

Club Accreditation

ASA clubs can access their own accreditation through the swim21 Club Accreditation which falls in line with Sport England's recommended guidelines. If you are a club and wish to find out more please click here.

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