Swimming is a statutory requirement of the Education Reform Act 1988 and by the end of Key Stage 2 pupils should be taught to 'swim unaided, competently and safely for at least 25 metres' ... 'the principles and skills of water safety and survival'...'to develop confidence in water and how to rest, float and adopt support positions' and 'a variety of means of propulsion, using arms or legs - or both'. The Amateur Swimming Association, sponsored by Kellogg's, has developed an extensive range of awards, including the National Curriculum Water Safety and Water Skills Awards.
The water safety award helps children to understand the dangers of water, identify dangerous locations, learn how to behave near water and how to effect both 'throwing' and 'reaching' rescues. The ASA provides a teacher information pack to support preparation for these awards and this includes support materials, discussion outlines and quiz sheets.
* For further information about the awards, the Teacher Information Pack and relevant merchandise such as floats, armbands and swimwear, contact the ASA Awards Centre, 1 Kingfisher Enterprise Park, 50 Arthur Street, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8LG (01527 514288, fax 01527 514277).