ASA Foundation Framework - Alpha Step

Although not strictly a stage of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, the Alpha Step Awards are a great way to encourage swimmers who may be struggling to reach other milestones. These awards are a great incentive for those people who need to be rewarded for the achievements they are making in swimming and developing water confidence or water safety awareness.


The Alpha Step Awards recognise the achievements of outcomes in 7 categories:


    1. Enter the water with support

    2. Enter the water with assistance

    3. Enter the water unassisted

Aquatic Breathing

    1. Blow to move a floating object over 3m

    2. Tolerate face being (splashed) wet

    3. With mouth submerged, blow bubbles

Spatial Awareness

    1. On the spot move selected object around

    2. Whilst travelling, move objects in/through the water

    3. Move objects to/from a partner in various directions


    1. Be rocked through the water with support

    2. Turn 360° with minimal assistance

    3. Lie back and move to a vertical position with support


    1. Float with support

    2. Float on front with support

    3. Float on back with support


    1. Be towed (forwards, backwards and sideways) in a variety of directions

    2. Travel through the water using limbs with minimal support

    3. Travel 3m on front with or without aids

    4. Travel 3m on back with or without aids


    1. Exit the water with support

    2. Exit the water with minimum support

    3. Exit the water with no assistance

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