Getting your child into swimming
Every parent knows how hard it can be to persuade a child to take part in an activity that they don’t enjoy or excel at. Fortunately though the majority of children love swimming and for many the chance to go swimming is the highlight of their week.
You can play a vital role in encouraging your child to swim, but it’s important to see what works best for your child.
Swimming lessons at school
- Find out details of your child’s school swimming programme:
- Does it follow National Curriculum outcomes or the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Framework?
- Do all teachers hold an ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics or equivalent qualification?
- Does your child receive at least 24 hours of swimming lessons?
Find out more about school swimming.
Swimming lessons at a local pool
- Sign your child up for additional swimming lessons at a local facility:
- Does your local pool’s swim school follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway?
- Developed by the ASA, the framework includes seven stages covering basic skills to more advanced techniques and using fun and games so that they enjoy learning to swim.
- Reward your child for passing each stage with the Kellogg's Awards Scheme. You can purchase certificates and badges to track their progress and motivate them onto the next level.
Find out more about the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.
Swimming as a family
- Visit a swimming pool regularly to add to your child’s swimming experience and help them to gain confidence in the water.
- Go swimming as a family or with a group of friends to ensure that swimming is a fun, enjoyable and social activity that gives your child that extra boost to develop their skills in the water.
Find out more about family fun in the pool.