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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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Disability Swimming Lessons

Ensure your child doesn’t miss out on the benefits of swimming. Track down swimming lessons today.

Depending on disability, your child could learn to swim with non-disabled children and progress using the same British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.

The Pathway is one assurance that your child is receiving quality instruction based on the swimming development expertise of the ASA. Check out our video (left) for the others.

Your child can work through the same Kellogg's ASA awards, but will be exempt from some skills where he or she is physically unable to achieve them.

However, different pools have different policies. So we recommend you contact your local pool before booking lessons.

School swimming

Find out more about school swimming in our Get Started section here.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.

Contact your child's school and ask them how they are meeting their obligation to your child's swimming development:

  • Ask them about swimming teachers' experience of working with children with disabilities.
  • Make sure they have established links with their local authority to access any special provision.
  • Push for one-to-one support in the water for your child, if needed.
  • Don't take no for an answer. Your child is learning a life skill just like every other child.

Next steps

  • Use our Pool Finder to track down your local pool and ask them about lessons. Look out for the dark blue 'Disability Access' icon.
  • Go to our Parents section to find out information on what makes a good swimming lesson.
  • Find out about Alpha Step in the ASA's Foundation Framework, it's a great start for young swimmers with a disability.
  • Find out about the swim21 quality mark, a guarantee your child is receiving the best in disability swimming instruction.
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