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In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

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.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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What is ASA Accreditation?

ASA Accreditation means pools are dedicated to creating the best possible swimming experience for all. It is a kitemark of quality provision for your child.

ASA Accreditation comes in two forms. ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation for Learn to Swim providers and swim21 Club Accreditation for club swimming programmes. Every  accredited organisation provides high quality, safe, effective, child-friendly services for the benefit of their swimmers and non-swimming members.

It’s about putting the swimmers first and ensuring young learners follow the pathway the ASA recognises for training and competition.


"Every swimmer deserves quality teaching and coaching. I swam for many years at an accredited club. I’m delighted to support the scheme." - Olympic medallist Joanne Jackson. ASA Accreditation and swim21 is also a development tool that allows swimmers, teachers, coaches and those responsible for developing programmes to continually improve.

ASA Accreditation is available in two strands:

  • ASA Club Accreditation – swim21: This section is specifically designed for all ASA affiliated swimming clubs. Learn more about the benefits of club accreditation here.


  • ASA Learn to Swim Accreditation
: This is for anyone offering a learn to swim programme who is not an ASA affiliated club, for example swim schools, leisure operators and local authorities. Learn more about the process swim schools go through to become accredited here.


Why should I look for an ASA Accredited programme?

Use our Pool Finder to find your nearest pool or club and ask them about ASA Accreditation.

ASA Accreditation ensures the programme is delivering quality lessons based on the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway run by fully qualified teachers in a safe and appropriate environment.

How do I know if it’s an ASA Accredited programme?

All clubs or programmes that have achieved accreditation are allowed to use the relevant Accreditation logo on their letterheads, promotional material and website. 

They also receive a certificate from the ASA and window stickers (Learn to Swim only) that they can display at their pool in order to promote their achievement.

What if an organisation isn’t accredited?

The opportunity to gain accreditation is available to all ASA affiliated clubs and those offering Learn to Swim or School Swimming programmes. If the site is not ASA Accredited they may still use ASA Awards but they may not be achieving best practice. Be sure to ask if they have ASA qualified teaching staff delivering the programmes and speak to other parents about the quality of swimming lessons in the local area.