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All About The British Gas ASA Learn To Swim Pathway

Supported by attractive certificates and badges as a reward, the British Gas ASA Learn To Swim Pathway ensures your child receives the best possible instruction based on the swimming expertise of the ASA.

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

It starts with the ASA Foundation Framework before moving on to the movement skills of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework Stages 1 to 7.

The final part of your child's journey is the ASA Learn to Swim Framework Stages 8 to 10.

This is also known as the ASA Aquatic Skills Framework. You can find more detail on each of these below.
 

ASA Foundation Framework

Use our Pool Finder to locate your local pool and ask them about the British Gas ASA Learn To Swim Pathway.Your child's journey through aquatics starts with Foundation, a programme for developing early-years water confidence, encouraged through sessions such as ‘adult and child’ and pre-school sessions.

Emphasis is on the development of very basic motor skills and an introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games.

Swim a Song

A fun, progressive programme for introducing babies and young children to the exciting world of aquatics. Thirty two songs are used to introduce basic water skills and confidence and can be used at bath time too. For greater detail go to Swim a Song in the ASA zone here.

Duckling

For babies and toddlers to explore and enjoy the fun of learning to swim. With the help of their parents/carers, your child will develop confidence both in and out of the water. For greater detail on what happens in Duckling lessons visit the Duckling section in our ASA zone

Alpha Step

For swimmers that need smaller stepping stones and are not ready for Stage 1 of the Learn To Swim Framework. It is particularly useful for swimmers who take longer to develop water confidence. For greater detail on Alpha Step lessons visit the Alpha Step section in our ASA zone

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ASA Learn to Swim Framework
(Stages 1-7)

These stages of the British Gas Learn to Swim Pathway take your child through FUNdamental Movement. They are based on developing skills, movement in the water, and having fun.

Stage 1

This stage helps develop safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as armbands and floats. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

Stage 2

This stage focuses on safe entry to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of 5m, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use armbands and floats. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

Stage 3

More on developing safe entries into the water – including submersion – travelling up to 10m on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous stage. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

Stage 4

This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer has to swim 10m to a standard directed by the ASA. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

Stage 5

During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They perform all strokes for 10m to a standard provided by the ASA in the Learn to Swim Framework. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

Stage 6

Developing effective swimming skills – including coordinated breathing – across all strokes is the focus of this stage. Learners also have to swim a distance of 25m using a stroke of their choice. Children learn about aspects of water safety. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

Stage 7

Children develop quality stroke techniques up to 100m incorporating the skills they have learned, and combine them to develop a linked routine. They also complete an obstacle course combining skills accomplished through stages 1-7. For greater detail on lesson outcomes go to our ASA zone here.

ASA Aquatic Skills Framework
(Stages 8-10)

These stages are called the FUNdamental Sport Skills of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. They are discipline-specific and build on the swimming skills learned in Stages 1-7.  They have been developed with the grass roots programmes of the individual sports so are great if your child wants to take up competitive swimming, water polo, synchro, or diving.

Competitive Swimming

Your child will learn a range of advanced techniques such as swimming continuously over a long distance using a single stroke and advanced starts. There are also awards for each stage. For more detailed information go to the ASA zone of the site here.

Diving

The diving discipline in stages 8-10 is known as Flip n Fun. It starts on dry land using crash mats and trampolines to develop confidence, before entering the water. Agility, co-ordination and balance are key outcomes. For more detailed information go to the ASA zone of the site here.

AquaFun

The synchronised swimming discipline in stages 8-10 is known as AquaFun. Your child will develop advanced water skills, strength, endurance, flexibility, and precise timing. For more detailed information go to the ASA zone of the site here.

Water Polo

The water polo discipline in stages 8-10 is known as Mini-Polo. It combines ball and swimming skills as well as teamwork. In Mini-Polo your child will play in water he or she can stand up in, making it easier to learn how to play and have a good time. For more detailed information go to the ASA zone of the site here.

Rookie Lifesaving

This offers you the comfort of knowing your children are aware of the dangers of swimming in open water, and know resuscitation and rescue techniques. It comes with Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards. The syllabus relating to the Rookie Lifesaving stages can be found on the Royal Life Saving Society website.

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