School swimming useful resources for teachers

14th November 2013

Here at the ASA we have a range of useful school swimming resources to help improve school swimming lessons.

ASA booklets will enable you to deliver quality, effective school swimming lessons, and you can find a collection on the page below.

But first hear how a local authority and primary school in the London Borough of Merton took action to improve their school swimming achievement rates. It could help with your plans.

School Swimming And Water Safety Guide For Teachers

This PDF document is for primary school teachers involved in school swimming, and is designed to support both school teachers and swimming teachers with their current teaching of swimming and water safety.

Swimming is a statutory requirement within the National Curriculum and every primary school is expected to deliver a school swimming programme.

This document will help you deliver lessons based on the National Curriculum programme of study for swimming and water safety.

  • Click here to download School Swimming and Water Safety Guide For Teachers

Primary School Learn To Swim Guide

This is a general guide for anyone involved with school swimming at Key Stage 1 or 2.

Covering areas such as facilities, school staff, transport, and meeting the needs of young people, this PDF is a must-have companion if you are involved in school swimming.

  • Click here to download the Primary School Learn To Swim Guide

Please note these documents are also available in hard copy format in limited quantities. To request copies please email

School Swimming Audit And Observation Sheets

We also provide audit sheets for school swimming. These include a delivery planning sheet, pupil observation sheet, school audit form and more.

They are all held on one spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel format.

  • Click here to download the school swimming audit example spreadsheets.

Lesson Plans

Below are a small range of sample lesson plans to help you with planning your school swimming lessons. All are Microsoft Word documents.

  • Click here to download a Ducklings level sample lesson plan
  • Click here to download a Stage One sample lesson plan
  • Click here to download a Stage Four sample lesson plan
  • Click here to download a Water Polo sample lesson plan

Other resources

The ASA also has a range of other resources to help make school swimming lessons for fun for kids, and aid them in reaching attainment goals.

Its Learn to Swim Games Pack is designed to help learn to swim providers deliver a fun approach to swimming teaching.

The pack hosts 70 games, each linked into the Learn to Swim stages and outcomes.

Also, don't forget the wide range of badges and certificates that make up the Kellogg's ASA Award Scheme.

  • Click here to visit the ASA Shop for more great idea to bring school swimming lessons to life