ASA Foundation Framework

The ASA Foundation Framework was refreshed in November 2015 to offer a more comprehensive learn to swim programme for babies and pre-school aged swimmers.

The Framework now includes the following sections to allow for younger, less independent swimmers to be catered for, and also to support toddlers to stay motivated if they struggle at any point with water confidence.

Three Stages of the Foundation Framework

These are:

  • Discovery Duckling Awards
  • Duckling Awards
  • I CAN Awards

To discover more detail about each of these Awards go to our Certificates page here.

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Foundation Framework Supporting Awards

If you are currently running the Swim A Song programme,  these are complementary awards to the Foundation Framework and are available alongside the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway as a supporting resource.

  1. To discover more detail of these Awards go to our Certificates page here.
  2. To purchase any of these awards please go to the shop here

Foundation Framework Resources

There are a range of resources for the Foundation Framework. To purchase please go to The resources are:

  1. ASA Foundation Framework Document - a summary document which provides key outcomes for each stage of the Foundation Framework and information to support teachers implementing an adult and child programme.
  2. ASA Foundation Framework Games Pack - a comprehensive pack to help teachers link the development of the core aquatic skills into nursery rhymes, songs and games. With useful cue cards on holds, entries and exits for babies and pre-school children. 
  3. ASA Foundation Framework Parent’s Guide - the guide all parents need to ensure they can support babies and toddlers to start their swimming lessons confidently. The guide includes up to date information on when to start swimming, what equipment you need and how to prepare for the first lesson as well as a summary of the Foundation Framework to help parents understand the programme content.
  4. ASA Foundation Framework Story Books - two brilliantly illustrated story books, the first of which helps prepare children for their first swimming lesson with colourful pictures of what to expect when they go swimming, and the second to help babies and children learn the core aquatic skills.
  5. Foundation Framework Starter Pack.  The perfect package of brand new Foundation Framework materials to support effective delivery of learn to swim lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  Consisting of the Foundation Framework Document, Games Pack, Parent’s Guide, two Story Books and a set of Learn to Swim Framework Stickers.
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