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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.

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FAQs for ASA Qualifications

This part of the FAQ section answers questions asked about ASA qualifications.

Learner queries on ASA qualifications

How do I become a qualified ASA Teacher/Coach?

Qualifications and courses are available for teaching Aquatics (Swimming), Aquatic Fitness and Disabilities plus Coaching Diving, Competitive Swimming, Synchronised Swimming and Water Polo.

The first qualification you require for any discipline is the ASA Level 1 Certificate.  If successful at Level 1 you can then proceed to Level 2.

The holder of a Level 1 certificate is able to actively support a more senior qualified/licensed Teacher/Coach at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.  This person will also be expected to have an understanding of the aquatic environment and a basic understanding of appropriate corrections to common faults (discipline specific).

To work on your own without supervision other than lifeguarding cover, you will be required to hold an ASA Level 2 Certificate.

The holder of the ASA/UKCC Level 2 Certificate for Teaching Aquatics will be equipped to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of consecutive sessions within the context of a self prepared scheme of work.

With regards to Coaching (Diving, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming and Water Polo) the holder of the Level 2 Certificate for Coaching is able to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of six consecutive sessions within the context of a macro cycle prepared by a senior/licensed coach

To look at all the available specifications click here.  To find a course near you click here.

Where can I find swimming courses that are local to me?

On this website - you will find a full up to date listing of qualifications for swimming teachers and coaches by clicking here.  You can search by region, date, qualification type and level. 

Where can I find out about what the different disciplines entail?

A specification for every qualification is published on the website please click here.

How do I enrol on an ASA qualification?

The ASA are the Awarding Body for ASA teaching/coaching qualifications and CPD seminars and do not organise qualifications/courses but provide Approved Centres with the accreditation to organise and deliver qualifications leading to an ASA qualification.  Qualifications can only be organised and delivered in centres that are approved by the ASA Awarding Body as fit for purpose.  The ASA monitors and evaluates the delivery of these qualifications at all Approved Centres and has an external verification system in place.

The Institute of Swimming is accredited by the ASA Awarding Body as an Approved Centre and delivers a comprehensive programme of quality approved courses and seminars throughout the UK.

Click here to visit 'Find a course' for details for current qualifications and details of how to book on.

Click here to read more about Approved Centres.

Click here to view the list ASA approved centers that qualify to run our qualifications

According to the ASA regulations, I am too young to start my course. Will I still be able to attend?

The entry requirements for QCF Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications are as follows:

Level 1 Qualification Entry Requirements

-To register on this qualification learners are required to be 15 years of age

-To attend a taught course learners must have turned 16 years of age before or on the final day of the qualification

-To be awarded the qualification learners must be 16 years of age

 In order to attend any of the ASA Level 1 qualifications it is a requirement that prospective learners be 16 years of age. Learners may be 15 years of age to register onto an ASA Level 1 qualification, however that learner must have turned 16 years of age before or on the final day of the course in order to be certificated. This requirement coincides with employment law where a young person can not begin full time employment until they are no longer of compulsory school age (last day in June of the school year in which a young person reaches the age of 16 years).

Level 2 Qualification Entry Requirements

-To register on this qualification learners are required to be 17 years of age

-To attend a taught course learners must have turned 17 years of age before or on the first day of the qualification

-To be awarded the qualification learners must be 17 years of age

If you have any further queries please contact us at awardingbody@swimming.org

In order to attend any of the ASA Level 2 qualifications it is a requirement that prospective learners be 17 years of age. This requirement is applicable to registration, course attendance and certification due to the implications of delivery and supervision associated with the qualification.

If you have any further queries please contact us at awardingbody@swimming.org

I have recently attended an ASA Teaching/Coaching course. When can I expect to receive my results?

Level 1 Learners can normally expect to receive their results within 2 weeks and level 2 being 4 weeks following completion of the qualification.  This is a guide only as there are sometimes outstanding issues to be resolved before results can be issued.

Whilst it is acknowledged that learners are naturally anxious to find out their results, these cannot be given out over the telephone or email. Learners are therefore requested not to telephone or email the ASA for this purpose.

Please note that certificates will only be issued if the learners's registration fee has been received.

How long will my ASA Teaching/Coaching qualification be valid for?

An ASA teaching/coaching qualification is always valid and cannot be rescinded; however the ASA, along with most other professions and industries, recommend continuing professional development (CPD).  The recommendation is that within a 3 year period the holder of an ASA teaching/coaching qualification continues to develop professionally and can enhance their qualification through the licensing programme and continuing professional development.

For details of licensing click here.

For details of CPD's click here

By attending one-day training courses/seminars provided by the IoS through the ASA Regions you can provide evidence of CPD.  Seminars are all advertised here. If you have any further queries please contact us at awardingbody@swimming.org

How do I transfer my QCF credits from another sport?

What is Credit Accumulation Transfer (CAT)?
The purpose of Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) is to recognise QCF credit gained. Learners who have gained a relevant QCF qualification from another awarding organisation may be eligible to use transfer the credits to count towards achievement of an ASA QCF qualification. An example of an appropriate application could be from a learner who has completed a Level 1 Award in Coaching (Discipline) (QCF) and would like to gain an ASA QCF qualification. This process is not a form of certification but helps to avoid duplication of learning.

Applicants will be required to submit evidence of qualification(s) gained, which may be subject to credit transfer against ASA qualifications (this will be on a case by case basis).

How to apply for CAT?
If you wish to apply for the ASA CAT process, your application will need to be made in writing, enclosing the following documents:
•    CAT application form found here
•    Photocopy of QCF qualification(s) with corresponding syllabus
*The fee for this process is £25 for each qualification and you will be notified of the result within 5 working days.

We will only be able to accept payment by postal order, payable to ASA Awarding Body and sent to the address below or by card over the phone. Please note that there is an additional 50p charge for this service. We do not accept cash.

The panel will not be able to accept any application which is missing any of the above criteria.

ASA Awarding Body, CAT
SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3QF
Telephone: (01509) 640493
Email: awardingbody@swimming.org

Decision making
The Credit Accumulation and Transfer process will not take into account any non-certified evidence, for example work experience or informal training. If you have substantial practical experience within the subject area, we would recommend that you apply for the RPL process detailed below.
The panel will review the qualification and carry out a mapping process to the requested ASA qualification. A letter will be issued by the ASA Awarding Body, confirming the result of transfer including the level, and/or unit(s). The letter will contain an expiry date one year from the date of issue. The learner will be required to access the next appropriate qualification, course or RPL within this period.

Overseas and Non ASA QCF Qualifications
Learners with an overseas or non ASA qualification that doesn’t come under the QCF framework can apply for RPL.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is a method of assessment that considers whether you are able to meet the criteria of a qualification based on your knowledge, understanding or skills which you already possess. This process is ideal for learners who have experience within the subject area but have never been formally recognised for their knowledge. For example, if you have spent a significant amount of time assisting on poolside, you may be eligible for RPL against a level 1 qualification. This process will allow for the award of credit, which will lead to certification. To apply for the RPL process, you will need to contact one of our training providers who will be able to supply further information. Please click here to see our list of ASA approved centers

I have lost my certificate. How do I apply for a replacement?

There is a charge for this service of:

£14.70 per certificate or £10.30 per certificate if you are a member of the IoS - membership number required.

Replacement Certificates prior to 1995

£33.80 per certificate or £18.40 per certificate if you are a member of the IoS - membership number required

Some of our archived records are limited and therefore there may be occassions when we will not be able to provide replacement certificates. We will do our best to locate your records but if we are unsuccessful your fee will be returned in full.

If you require a replacement please complete the Replacement Certificate Application Form.

Payment needs to be made at the time of application in the form of a either:

-cheque or postal order, made payable to 'Amateur Swimming Association'
-card payment over the phone (there is an extra 50p charge for phone payments).

Please note that if your payment is by cheque then it will take approximately two weeks for clearance.

The Awarding Body aim to process your request within 14 days, provided that all the relevant information and the fee have been received.

If you would like your request processed sooner, for £50 (+50p) you could take advantage of our fast track service where your request will be processed within 7 working days of receipt (all fees are non-refundable), providing all correct information is received. Please note the fast track fee will not be available over the Christmas and New Year period, and does not include bank holidays.

Please send your payment to the address below, or call us on 01509 640 493 to make a phone payment. Please do not send cash.

Our address is:
ASA Awarding Body
SportPark
3 Oakwood Drive
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3QF

If you have any further queries please contact us at awardingbody@swimming.org

I have lost my CPD certificate. How do I apply for a replacement?

There is a charge for this service of £6

Some of our archived records are limited and therefore there may be occassions when we will not be able to provide replacement certificates. We will do our best to locate your records but if we are unsuccessful your fee will be returned in full.

If you require a replacement please complete the Replacement CPD certificate form

Payment needs to be made at the time of application in the form of a either:

-cheque or postal order, made payable to 'Amateur Swimming Association'
-card payment over the phone (there is an extra 50p charge for phone payments).

Please note that if your payment is by cheque then it will take approximately two weeks for clearance.

The Awarding Body aim to process your request within 14 days, provided that all the relevant information and the fee have been received.

If you would like your request processed sooner, for £50 (+50p) you could take advantage of our fast track service where your request will be processed within 7 working days of receipt (all fees are non-refundable), providing all correct information is received. Please note the fast track fee will not be available over the Christmas and New Year period, and does not include bank holidays.

Please send your payment to the address below, or call us on 01509 640 493 to make a phone payment. Please do not send cash.

Our address is:
ASA Awarding Body
SportPark
3 Oakwood Drive
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3QF

If you have any further queries please contact us at awardingbody@swimming.org

How do I obtain a life saving qualification?

There is no element of lifesaving in the ASA teaching/coaching syllabuses.  The current Health and Safety guidelines put the responsibility for lifeguarding onto the authority in charge of the pool.  The pool authority will set the required standard for those who use its facilities.  The National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC) is considered to be a suitable level of expertise to safely supervise a programmed aquatic activity.  All teachers and coaches with ASA qualifications are strongly advised to hold this certificate and keep it up to date.  Full details of this award and life saving qualifications are available from Lifesavers, The Royal Life Saving Society UK at www.lifesavers.org.uk or 01789 773994.

 

 

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