Badges and Certificates
ASA certificates and badges reward you for the hard work you put into swimming. Collect them all.
"Yes, I loved collecting the badges. I have 15 or 20 of them. But I still haven’t got my diving one, so officially I can’t dive! - Olympian Rebecca Adlington.
Did you know around two million ASA certificates and badges are awarded each year? It's true.
They are your reward for the hard work you put into learning to swim. All the top swimmers, such as Olympian Rebecca Adlington, have collected them.
Learn about all the different swimming badges and certificates below and start collecting them today.
Simply click on the buttons to choose the certificate or award.
Swimming Stroke Awards
If you are keen to show your skills in the individual strokes then this set of five awards could be for you.
Covering backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley, these badges and certificates show you have star potential.
You'll need to learn the correct skills in strokes, turns and finishes before learning to swim faster to get these awards and badges.
- Swimmers usually take the Competitive Start Award before moving to the Swimming Stroke Award.
Competitive Start Awards
This award can be earned while you are working through any of the first seven stages of the ASA Learn To Swim Pathway and it's all about keeping safe.
If you want to enter swimming competitions in England you'll need this certificate.
Shallow diving can cause serious injuries if not done properly and this certificate shows you can dive into water 0.9-1.3m deep without hurting yourself.
You'll start in deep water before moving to the side of the pool and shallower water.
- If you are on Stages 8-10 you can work towards the full Competitive Start Award to learn safe race dives from a starter block.
School Speed Awards
If you are working through Stages 8-10 and want an introduction to the world of competitive swimming then these are the certificates for you.
There are 12 awards available in Bronze, Silver and Gold and cover front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Each stroke and award type has its own qualifying time over 20yds, 20m, 25yds and 25m to allow for different lengths of pool.
- Great awards for any serious swimmer's bedroom wall.
National Curriculum Awards
The ASA works hard with schools to improve your swimming lessons. Your school has to give you swimming lessons as part of the National Curriculum and we have created these badges and awards to help you along.
The Water Skills Award is given to you when you can safely swim unaided for at least 25m and again for showing use of a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills. This should be by the end of Key Stage 2 on the National Curriculum. Ask your teacher about them.
- You'll need to show knowledge and skills relating to water safety. Both Awards are available in English and Welsh.
Safety and Survival Awards
Your safety in the water is very important to us at the ASA as it is to your parents and guardians. That's why we believe all young people should work towards the Personal Survival certificate.
Covering survival knowledge, awareness of dangers and vital life-saving information, this range of four awards needs to be in your collection.
The Preliminary Safety Skills Award gives you an introduction to water safety. The Personal Survival Awards are in two levels and complement Stages 8-10.
They'll ensure you'll know how to react if you find yourself in difficulty by testing you in real-life situations.
- The Water Rescue Award follows on from the Personal Survival Awards and teach you basic lifesaving techniques. A wider range of skills can be gained by taking the Rookie Lifeguard Award.
If you are a budding lifeguard then the Rookie Lifeguard Award developed by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK in conjunction with the ASA, should be just what you are looking for.
The Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards will ensure you have a solid safety education and can do all rescue and resuscitation techniques.
Each stage is divided into three levels and each stage runs for roughly for 8-10 weeks.
You can enter a course at any point during the stage and progress at your own speed.
- The Rookie Lifeguard Programme also comes with the Water Safety Award, the Life Support Award and the Achievement Awards. There are also other bolt-on awards you can achieve, such as snorkelling, paddle board and beach awards.
Swimming Challenge Awards
If you are working towards stages 8-10, then you can also work towards a Bronze, Silver, Gold and Honours Challenge Award.
You'll be challenged to develop a wide range of skills and stamina in order to achieve the awards, with a focus on good stroke style.
It doesn't have to comply with ASA law but strokes must be co-ordinated, smooth and efficient.
- The awards also come with a metal lapel badge with butterfly fastener as an optional extra to really show off your skills
Water Skills Awards
Well suited to intensive activity programmes, these awards reward you for successfully developing eight out of 10 skills across six grading levels, or six out of eight skills if you have a disability.
The six grades are represented by six colour-coded certificates and accompanying badges and focus on confidence, versatility, skills and endurance.
Grades 1-4 go with stages 1-7 of the ASA Foundation Framework, and Grades 5-6 with stages 8-10.
- By the time you succeed at Grade 6 you should be able to swim 75m within two minutes using three different strokes!
Learn To Swim Stages 1-10 Awards
These awards we all recognise and are designed around the ASA Learn to Swim Framework.
Covering all 10 stages of the Framework, the colour-coded badges and certificates have been designed to reward you for the effort you put into each stage.
Stages 1-7 help develop the core range of FUNdamental skills you need to become confident, competent and safe in the water,
Stages 8-10 offer the opportunity to develop skills from the disciplines of water polo, diving and synchro.
- There are 19 awards available: Stages 1-7, Stages 8, 9, 10 water polo, Stages 8, 9, 10 synchro, Stages 8, 9, 10 competitive swimming and Stages 8, 9, 10 water polo.
Rainbow Stroke Distance Awards
Covering distances of between five and 100m, the Rainbow Stroke Distance Awards complement stages 1-7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework.
The Rainbow Stroke Distance Awards offer you a further challenge after you have attained the Rainbow Distance Awards.
Covering front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly at 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 25m, 50m and 100m, the awards have been graded to offer you achievable steps to help develop technique while having fun.
- If after attaining all awards you want to take your stroke work further you may want to consider the Swimming Stroke Awards.
Rainbow Distance Awards
These can be taken at any time of the 10 stages of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework and are a range of bright, cheerful badges and certificates to help keep you motivated.
Swimming ability and stamina are the focus of the 19 awards. You can work your way from a five metres award through to a 5,000m award, depending on which stage you are at.
If you are working through Stages 1-7 you can also work up to the 200m Rainbow Distance Award.
Learners on stages 8-10 can work up to the 1,500m award. Swimmers who have completed all stages can try and earn a 5,000m award.
If you don't want to stop at distance and fancy a further challenge, then try out the Rainbow Stroke Distance Awards
- Remember, earning a Rainbow Distance Award doesn't mean you are safe in deep water. Check out our safety and survival awards.