Three years on the National Plan for Teaching Swimming is thriving

06 Dec 2010

The ASA has been assessing how well the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS), powered by British Gas, is being implemented – and it seems many places are getting the interpretation right.

In the past few months the ASA has been talking to swim schools and pool operators  to find out exactly what they think of the current (2007) version of the NPTS , especially because many pools are reaching their three-year mark with the Plan, having started implementation in December 2007 or January 2008.

Bollington Health & Leisure Centre was just one of those approached by the ASA and Manager and ASA Tutor Steven Hurst said after a period of ‘bedding in’ the plan is now working well. He said: “We have definitely moved towards a games based approach to learn to swim at our centre in the last 12 months. Whilst we knew it was a crucial part of the National Plan we needed some time to plan games and activities into our schemes of work and lesson programmes.”

While for Paul Hadley from Summerhill Swim Scheme in the West Midlands he says for him the success of the programme has been letting mums and dads understand how play is actually the best way to teach. He added: “Parents know the scheme has a good success rate...effectively, they know they’re getting value for money.”

The ASA has now produced NPTS Games and Resource Pack, including 70 games cards aligned to the NPTS and the National Curriculum.  And looking ahead to 2011, the ASA will continue to look at ways to improve its range of resources for the NPTS 2007, including additions to the Programmer’s Pack, and will be holding its annual Swimming Teaching Conference in March.

Jon Glenn, the ASA’s Head of Learn to Swim, said: “We will not be changing the plan itself and the outcomes in each stage but we are always looking for ways to support teachers and pool operators.”

If you are interested in implementing the plan please look at our resources here or speak to your Regional Aquatics Officer. You can also direct your National Plan for Teaching Swimming enquiries via email to


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