What Is Swim21 Accreditation?
Swim21 accreditation means pools are dedicated to creating the best possible swimming experience for all. It is your guarantee of quality provision for your child.
Every swim21 accredited club 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 a swim21 accredited club. I’m delighted to support the swim21 scheme." - Olympic medallist Joanne Jackson.Swim21 is also a development tool that allows swimmers, teachers, coaches and those responsible for developing programmes to continually improve.
It comes in three strands:
- swim21 Club Accreditation - This section is specifically designed for all ASA swimming clubs. Learn more about the benefits of club accreditation in our ASA zone here.
- swim21 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 in our ASA zone here.
- swim21 School Swimming Accreditation - This is for organisations running a school swimming programme. Learn more about the process school swimming providers go through to become accredited in our ASA zone here.
Why should I look for a swim21 learn to swim or school swimming programme?
Use our Pool Finder to find your nearest pool or club and ask them about swim21Every swim21 accredited programme offers the best way to learn how to swim.
It ensures the programme is delivering quality lessons based on the British Gas Learn to Swim Pathway run by fully qualified teachers in a safe and appropriate environment.
How do I know if it’s a swim21 programme?
All clubs or programmes that have achieved swim21 accreditation are allowed to use the logo on their letterheads, promotional material and website. So, look out for the logo.
They also receive a certificate from the ASA and window stickers that they can display at their pool in order to promote their achievement.
- You can download a list of learn to swim and school swimming accreditations from the ASA Zone here. (PDF)
- You can find a list of clubs with swim21 accreditation from the ASA zone here. (PDF)
What if a club isn’t swim21 accredited?
The opportunity to gain accreditation is available to all of the ASA’s clubs and those offering learn to swim or school swimming.
Ask your club or programme if it is aware of swim21 and if it is working towards accreditation.