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The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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Centre Information

The ASA has a growing list of Approved Centres including UK swimming pools and swimming clubs. Becoming an ASA Approved Centre is beneficial to swimmers, teachers and coaches.

All about Approved Centres

ASA Approved Centres are the national network for the delivery and assessment of qualifications leading to an ASA certificate. Centres on the approved list are accredited to deliver and assess programmes or qualifications leading to an ASA qualification.

Requirements of all centres

All ASA Approved Centres must have relevant policies and procedures in place that will ensure there are no unnecessary barriers for any groups of learners including health and safety, appeals and complaints.

A higher standard of swimming pools

To truly professionalise swimming, the ASA strives to provide and maintain a high standard of pools by which centres should be measured. This way, beginners and athletes alike can easily find a swimming pool with first-rate facilities and highly qualified staff. An ASA Approved Centre certificate is synonymous with great coaching, great customer service and a great place to swim.

Of course, there are many ways in which swimming clubs can benefit from being ASA approved. As well as being a trusted name and a good way to attract new talent, the ASA keeps hold of established athletes by proving a commitment to quality.

The most valuable benefit of becoming an ASA Approved Centre is the amount of guidance and support provided through our high customer service standards. Whether it be volunteers and manpower or the latest news and resources, there are plenty of perks to being approved with the ASA.

Use the Big Splash Pool Finder above to find your nearest ASA approved swimming pools – and if your own club or pool is not listed, it may be time to do something about it.

How to become an Approved Centre

This section will provide applying organisations and current Approved Centres with guidance and documents to support the delivery and assessment of ASA qualifications.

Organisations wishing to deliver and assess ASA qualifications are required to achieve ASA Approved Centre status. A full guidance document and the application form are available to download below.

The ASA Awarding Body has been granted the sole licence by Sports Coach UK to award United Kingdom Certificate in Coaching (UKCC) qualifications in England and Wales. As part of this licence, the ASA Awarding Body is required to monitor and evaluate the delivery of these qualifications at all centres approved to deliver them. The implementation of monitoring and evaluation procedures by the ASA, in line with the scUK licence, necessitates the introduction of an annual fee.

If you have any queries regarding the process of becoming an ASA Approved Centre, please email awardingbody@swimming.org and our dedicated team will respond via email within five working days.

Awarding Body policies and procedures

Quality assurance documents

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