Although swimming has retained its place in the national curriculum, with the aim that each child should be able to swim unaided for at least 25 metres by the end of key stage 2, many teachers feel far from confident about teaching this life-saving skill.
The Amateur Swimming Association's national plan for teaching swimming could come to the rescue as it provides a template for all learn-to-swim schemes from absolute beginners to a lifetime activity. It details progressive steps in all strokes and should set a national standard for performance and consistency.
Teaches could also find the ASA's awards scheme useful as it is designed to be compatible with school swimming programmes to achieve the curriculum requirements. So far the ASA has issued two million awards a year for nearly a decade for water skills and water safety.
A teacher information pack about the awards, with references to materials, discussion outlines, listings of potential hazards and quiz sheets, is available free at the show.
Amateur Swimming Association stand B21
Swimming Teachers' Association stand A20