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Teaching Using the ASA Learn to Swim Framework

The ASA Learn to Swim Framework is part of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, the all-inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.

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Produced by the ASA to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons, we feel it’s the best way to teach children to swim.

We have produced a range of supporting resources for teachers and coaches, visit the 

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  • The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway is a refreshed version of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS)
  • Teachers and centres using the existing NPTS can continue to do so, as the outcomes and recommendations around delivery style have not changed.
  • The Framework is already the most successful sports programme of its kind.
  • The syllabus is currently being implemented in over 1,000 swimming programmes nationwide as well as being adopted overseas.
  • You may find that parents are already aware of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework because the ASA urges parents to look for the it when choosing lessons.

Why should I use the Framework?

The ASA Learn to Swim Framework has been developed to use fun and games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water through 10 stages.

It's underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles, with clear progression between each stage. It includes all aquatic disciplines, and incorporates Rookie Lifesaving in conjunction with the Royal Life-Saving Society.

The framework allows you as a teacher to deliver consistent lessons with the ability to add your own imagination and initiatives to the framework and come up with fun ways to reach the outcomes.

Implementing the framework

The diagram below explains how each stage of the framework works. Simply click on each stage for more information, including outcomes, games and tips for teaching.

If you are inspired to deliver your lessons read more about what other teachers and centres have done to implement the framework into their programmes.

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