The ASA Learn to Swim Framework takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash or those completing the ASA Foundation stages to developing confidence and competence in the water.

Produced by the ASA to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons, we feel it’s the best way to teach children to swim.

The Learn to Swim framework follows 7 stages from developing basic movement skills to developing quality stroke techniques whilst swimming up to 100m.

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 1

In Stage1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils will develop basic movement skills, water confidence and safety awareness. Swimmers will be able to use aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 1 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached 13 outcomes. Swimmers can complete these outcomes with or without aids, equipment or support:

1. Enter the water safely

2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres

3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres

4. Move sideways for distance of 5 metres

5. Scoop the water and wash face

6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead

7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids,equipment or support

8. Regain an upright position from on the back with support

9. Regain an upright position from on the front with support

10. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall

11. Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game

12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules

13. Exit the water safely

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 2

During Stage 2 swimmers will develop safe entries to the water and will continue to practice floating, travel and rotation in the water. Remember swimmers can still use aids e.g. arm bands and floats to help complete this stage.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 2 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached 10 outcomes. Swimmers can complete outcomes with or without aids, equipment or support:

1. Jump in from poolside safely

2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged

3. Regain upright position from the back without support

4. Regain an upright position from the front without support

5. Push from wall and glide on the back

6. Push from wall and glide on the front

7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used

8. Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used

9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position

10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 3

During Stage 3, pupils work towards being able to swim 10m on their front and back and will be able to swim underwater to collect objects from the bottom of the pool. Rotation skills and water safety knowledge will also be developed.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 3 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached nine outcomes:

1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9m)

2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a streamlined position

3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back

4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front

5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back.

6. Fully submerge to pick up an object

7. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code

8. Travel 10 metres on the back

9. Travel 10 metres on the front

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 4

In Stage 4 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, swimmers will focus on refining kicking techniques for all four strokes and develop a better understanding of buoyancy.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 4 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached 13 outcomes. Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy

2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds

3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface

4. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor

5. Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional)

6. Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional)

7. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back

8. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the back (equipment optional)

9. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (equipment optional)

10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position

11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front

12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back

13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 5

In Stage 5 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, swimmers will focus on swimming all four strokes to the ASA expected standards. Swimmers will also develop skills in sculling, treading water and complete rotation.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 5 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached 12 outcomes. Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support:

1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back

2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back

3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation

4. Tread water for 30 seconds

5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water

6. Swim 10 metres backstroke

7. Swim 10 metres front crawl face in the water

8. Swim 10 metres breaststroke

9. Swim 10 metres butterfly

10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds

11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water

12. Demonstrate an action for getting help

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 6

During Stage 6 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils will focus on developing effective swimming skills including co-ordinated breathing, water safety and an understanding of how to prepare for exercise.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 6 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached 11 outcomes. Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise

2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke

3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl

4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes

5. Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths

6. Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths

7. Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths

8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke is optional

9. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue

10. Perform a surface dive

11. Exit the water without using steps

ASA Learn to Swim – Stage 7

During Stage 7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, swimmers will develop quality stroke technique whilst swimming up to 100m.

Outcomes

By the end of Stage 7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, pupils should have reached 10 outcomes. Swimmers should complete these outcomes without support:

1. Swim 25 metres backstroke

2. Swim 25 metres front crawl

3. Swim 25 metres breaststroke

4. Swim 25 metres butterfly

5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of the following skills:

  • Sculling: head first, feet first
  • Rotation: forward/backward somersault, log roll
  • Floating: star on the front/on the back, tuck float, create own
  • Eggbeater: moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls

6. Perform a sitting dive

7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke

8. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes

9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds

10. Complete an obstacle course (using minimum of four objects) with feet off the pool floor throughout

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