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The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway

The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway is an all-inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. Read on to learn more.

Already the most successful sports programme of its kind, the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway is a refreshed version of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).

The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway consists of four frameworks, including a brand new Adult Swimming Framework, for adults looking to learn or improve their skills in the pool.

An important point to note is that learn to swim providers using the existing NPTS can continue to do so, as the outcomes and recommendations around delivery style have not changed.

The ASA urges parents to look for pools using the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway when choosing swimming lessons for their children and reinforces this message in all media and marketing work. The ASA also offers advice to parents about the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.

Why should you use the Learn to Swim Pathway?

The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway 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.

Your 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.

But far from being rigid, the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme syllabus gives teachers the ability to add their own imagination and initiatives to the framework and come up with fun ways to reach the outcomes. You can learn how your workforce can effectively deliver the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme with our training opportunities.

The plan also allows you as a pool operator to establish a smooth transition for swimmers into other opportunities, whether this is as a recreational user of your pool or taking part in competitive club activities that are housed in your centre.

Implementing the Learn to Swim Pathway

The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme has been available since September 2007 and the feedback from those clubs, swim schools and pool providers who have already implemented the programme is positive, although most have found that successful implementation takes research, education and time.

The ASA has provided a number of case studies that will hopefully help you to better implement the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme at your centre. If not try our Frequently Asked Questions about the programme.  

If you would like to see your centre, swim school or club featured on these pages please download the submission form by clicking here.

If you are interested in implementing the framework please look at our resources here or speak to your Regional Aquatic Officer.

You can also direct your ASA Learn to Swim Pathway enquiries to our central telephone number 01509 618 700 or email address learntoswim@swimming.org

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