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First swim21 Learn to Swim Accreditation awarded

01 Dec 2009

Kim Chapman Swimming School in Basingstoke has become the first swim school to gain swim21 accreditation.

swim21 accreditation is the ASA’s 'quality mark'. It is about creating the best possible swimming experience for all and raising the quality of swimming provision across all areas.

Kim Chapman Swimming School caters for swimmers from pre-school age through to pre-competition as well as adult beginner and improver lessons and fitness sessions.

Swim school owner Kim Chapman said; “I am passionate that anyone who runs a swimming school should aim to work towards the accreditation of swim21 because it is such a great tool to self assess your programme and show you the areas you need to improve upon. “It also keeps you on your toes in ensuring you are keeping up to date, being fair to your employees and enabling you to deliver a fantastic service to your clients. I inform my clients that swim21 is extremely similar to Ofsted – so when they see you have that accreditation they know how hard you have worked to achieve that accreditation.”

Kim was also quick to praise the team who work with her and have been vital in gaining this accreditation; “I have a great team of teachers and office ladies who have over the years helped the swim school achieve and maintain our high standards. We are more like a family than work colleagues. "We also have a lovely group of young water assistants who provide an invaluable service in the water to our Level 2 teachers."

swim21 has recently been re-launched to include three strands: 

  • swim21 Learn to Swim Accreditation – for anyone offering a learn to swim programme who is not an ASA affiliated club e.g. swim schools, leisure operators, local authorities
  • swim21 School Swimming Accreditation – for organisations running a school swimming programme
  • swim21 Club Accreditation – specifically designed for ASA clubs.

For further information on swim21 and becoming accredited click here.

For more information contact the ASA Marketing Officer Esther Hope on 01509 632247, 07917 876459 or email esther.hope@swimming.org.

The ASA is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn To Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.

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