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swim21 Learn to Swim Phase Out

swim21 Learn to Swim / School Swimming Accreditation was available between 2009 and 2014 as the ASA’s Learn to Swim Accreditation programme. However, the ASA has been keen to develop a partnership with Sport England’s Quest programme to make ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation more accessible. Our partnership with Right Directions who manage the Quest contract has allowed this to happen.

The new partnership with Quest was agreed in 2013 and following consultation with assessors, leisure contractors, member swim schools and ASA staff, we have rebranded swim21 Learn to Swim to ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation. We have changed the format to align it with the Quest programme.

swim21 Accredited sites have been automatically awarded the new ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation, in recognition of their ongoing commitment to improve their learn to swim provision.

swim21 sites will maintain this until their accreditation expires under the swim21 terms and conditions and continue to use the annual return form.

Once their current accreditation expires, they will then be able to apply for the ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation using the updated criteria.

The other changes to the accreditation include:

  • Option to complete ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation as part of the Quest Plus assessment.
  • Accreditation is now valid for two years. Sites will be assessed bi-annually and the annual return process has been removed.
  • Although the majority of the assessment criteria remain the same as swim21 Learn to Swim / School Swimming, there are several new elements in line with feedback from the industry.

All the new resources are available to download here.

If you have started working towards the existing swim21 Learn to Swim programme or have already paid for your accreditation and would like some further advice, please email us.

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