Fresh inspiration for Learn To Swim

26th February 2013

The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway is the national syllabus to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons.

Used in more than 1,000 swimming programmes nationwide, as well as overseas, it is already the most successful sports programme of its kind and has taught millions of children to swim.

We encourage everyone to check that their swimming lessons are using the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway to ensure children receive the best possible instruction based on the swimming expertise of the ASA. Supported by the Kellogg’s ASA Awards, the Pathway continues to be by far the most successful grass-roots programme in British sport.

The Pathway takes your child on a journey from their first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.

Consisting of four frameworks, your child's journey through aquatics starts with the Foundation Framework to develop basic skills and water confidence through fun and games, before progressing onto the Learn to Swim Framework to develop their skills.

The final part of the journey is the Aquatic Skills Framework which gives your child the opportunity to learn the basics of water polo, diving and synchronised swimming. There is also a brand new Adult Swimming Framework for adults looking to learn or improve their skills in the pool.

For swimmers that need smaller stepping stones we have created Alpha Step as part of the Foundation Framework. Alpha Step Awards are a great incentive for swimmers who may be struggling to reach other milestones and need to be rewarded for the achievements they are making in developing water confidence.

Your child can start learning to swim earlier than you might think. Many pools offer adult and child swimming classes from six months upwards and this is an excellent way to engage your child in water activities in a fun environment. Confident toddlers often progress to a stage where they are swimming without buoyancy aids.

Swim a Song is a fun and progressive programme of activities for babies and pre-school children, linked to the Kellogg’s ASA Awards. Swim a Song has been specifically developed to introduce babies and young children to water activities and acts as a stepping stone for the Learn to Swim Framework.

Following the Pathway increases the likelihood of lifelong participation in swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. Swimming is not only one of the safest and most popular forms of exercise, it’s a life skill and it is vital that young people learn to swim for their own safety.

Starting Lessons

Starting swimming lessons is a big step for many children. If your child is nervous, don’t worry, many children go through a stage where they are afraid of water so be reassured you are not alone and try and ensure bath time and swimming are relaxing and fun experiences.

You can actively support your child in their Learn to Swim programme through regular swimming trips as a family. A fun environment is the best way for children to learn and grow in confidence, ensuring a successful and memorable learn to swim experience.

Use our Poolfinder to locate your local pool and ask them about the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway today.

For a full and comprehensive overview of the Pathway and more useful ideas on how to increase water confidence and support your child through their aquatic journey get the complete ASA Learn to Swim Parent’s Guide