About School Swimming and the ASA

13th November 2013

The ASA is the national governing body for swimming in England.  Our aim is to encourage more people to swim and have fun swimming more often.

You will probably be most familiar with the ASA name through our world renowned Learn to Swim programme and award scheme that’s taught millions of children to swim.

We encourage all schools to make sure their swimming lessons use the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, the national syllabus to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons. 

You’ve also probably heard of the Kellogg’s ASA Awards Scheme, which complements the Pathway and rewards children all over the world when they are learning to swim.

Our vision for school swimming is: "To ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate in high quality school swimming linked to community programmes, delivered by appropriately qualified people in a safe environment." And it is a vision shared by HRH the Duke of Cambridge.

The ASA understands the pressures schools are under to perform and deliver a fully rounded education for each pupil, which can sometimes create difficult conditions for school swimming.

That’s why we provide support for schools in England in the delivery of school swimming lessons so that they can meet the statutory requirements set down in the national curriculum. 

Teacher training and development is one of the key areas that can really make a difference to the quality of school swimming.

Your school swimming lessons should be led by ASA qualified swimming teachers, and we make sure that they receive the highest quality training and education.  

But the support we provide in training doesn’t stop there, we also provide specialised programmes for school teachers, teaching assistants, PGCE students, in fact anyone involved in school swimming.

We also conduct an annual survey of school swimming to identify and signpost solutions to try and relieve some of the pressures for schools and highlight where innovation, collaboration, determination and support can overcome them.

The 2013 School Swimming Census ‘Learning the Lesson: The Future of School Swimming’ was the largest ever investigation into school swimming where more than 3,500 schools were asked how many of their Key Stage 2 children have reached national curriculum swimming requirements.