The Amateur Swimming Association Teaching Plan

Swimming is not only an essential life skill, but it is an extremely and hugely effective way of keeping fit. SwimClub offers swimming lessons to all ages and of varying abilities to help the swimmer build confidence, increase fitness, and have fun along the way.

The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) Teaching Plan which SwimClub follows enables swimmers – young and old - to develop a wide range of skills in the recognized swimming strokes. The emphasis on developing a feeling of ‘being at home in the water’ and of experimenting with a variety of movement patterns as a solid foundation for developing a skillful swimmer.

The Stages


Water activities for adults and pre-school children. Providing the accompanying adult with the knowledge and skills required to help the child gain confidence, competence and independence in the water.

Stage 1

Developing basic safety awareness, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids e.g. woggles, floats, etc

Stage 2

Developing safe entries into the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel front and back (up to 5m), plus rotation to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids.

Stage 3

Developing safe entries including submersion, travel on front and back (up to 10m) without aids or support and will be swimming out of depth. Progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.

Stage 4

Confidence of swimming in the deep end. Swimming 10m to a good level in all strokes as directed by the ASA. Should be able to retrieve sinkers easily, floatation skills and dive (depending on child’s height).

Stage 5

Performing all strokes to a good level for 10m and ready to swim longer distances but not yet with continued good technique. Widths and lengths will be swum. Developing sculling, treading water and complete rotation skills.

Stage 6/7

Developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing across all strokes, plus swimming a distance of 25m – 100m using a stroke of swimmers choice. Continued development of water safety aspects and a wide range of water skills including turns. This will also incorporate skills learnt and combine them to develop a linked routine. Swimmers will be able to complete with confidence and competence a variety of skills accomplished through stages 1-7.

Lessons are delivered within the school term If you would like to find out more please call SwimClub on 07901 841 419 or 01420 86022 or contact us through our email on: