Children learning to swim
Learning to swim should be a natural step in a child’s development and the key is for youngsters to learn to have fun in the pool.
Most parents find structured swimming lessons (available through local swimming pools, private swim schools and sometimes local clubs) are the best way to teach specific skills and water safety.
Swimming lessons at the local pool
Most local pools provide lessons for young people to learn to swim and many will point children in the direction of further opportunities once they have learnt to swim.
The ASA works in partnership with many pools, swim schools and clubs to make sure they are using our nationally-recognised the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.
Enter your postcode in the box on the right of this page and hit go to find your local pools.
The ASA Learn to Swim Framework
You should always try and ensure that your child's lessons follow the ASA Learn to Swim FramworkThis is a framework the ASA has developed to take children through from their first splash to full competence in the water. The plan teaches your child using fun and games so they enjoy learning to swim!
Your child will go through the different stages in the plan where they will learn basic skills such as how to enter and exit the water safely through to more advanced techniques such as how breathe in the water and perform different strokes.
Your child can be rewarded for their achievement at each stage withThe British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. They can buy certificates and badges to track their progress and motivate them onto the next level. CLICK HERE to learn more about the awards.
Learning at school
All children should access swimming lessons through school because swimming and water safety is compulsory as part of the National Curriculum. Lessons take place during primary school with the aim that by the age of 11 children should be able to swim unaided for at least 25m.
We work hard with schools to develop quality sessions and ensure that lessons achieve this.
Interested in competitive swimming?
Swimmers who can swim 15 metres or more, and who are interested in progressing into competitive swimming please complete a British Swimming Tracker ID form so that more information can be sent to you as appropriate.