About School Swimming and the ASA

Learn more here about school swimming and the ASA – the national governing body for swimming in England. 

Our aim at the ASA is to encourage more people to swim and have fun swimming more often.

You will probably be most familiar with the ASA name through our world renowned Learn to Swim programme and award scheme that’s taught millions of children to swim.

The ASA understands the pressures schools are under to perform and deliver a fully rounded education for each pupil, which can sometimes create difficult conditions for school swimming.

That’s why we provide support for schools in England in the delivery of school swimming lessons so that they can meet the statutory requirements set down in the national curriculum.

We encourage all schools to make sure their swimming lessons use our range of specialised  Awards which form part of the ASA School Swimming Charter.

Teacher training and development is one of the key areas that can really make a difference to the quality of school swimming. School swimming lessons should be led by ASA qualified swimming teachers, and we make sure that they receive the highest quality training and education.

But the support we provide in training doesn’t stop there, we also provide specialised programmes for school teachers, teaching assistants, PGCE students, in fact anyone involved in school swimming. Find out more about available training here.

We also conduct an annual Census of school swimming to identify and signpost solutions to try and relieve some of the pressures for schools and highlight where innovation, collaboration, determination and support can overcome them. Find out more about our research here.

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