Learning to swim at the Star Swimming Academy will a very enjoyable experience! Whilst we follow a strict and structured national swimming teaching plan set out by the Amateur Swimming Association, it is a taught within a framework that ensures all students have fun and enjoy themselves. We can guarantee that all students that come to us will have fun!
The British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme is already the most successful sports programme of its kind and the syllabus is currently being implemented in over 1,000 swimming programmes nationwide as well as being adopted overseas as a model of good practice.
The swimmer’s ‘journey through aquatics’ starts with Foundation, a programme for developing early-years water confidence, encouraged through sessions such as ‘adult and child’ and pre-school sessions.
Emphasis is on the development of very basic motor skills and an introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The ASA Duckling Awards, Swim- A Song awards and Alpha Step Awards provide the appropriate rewards for this section.
The next stage of the journey takes a swimmer through FUNdamental Movement. This makes up Stages 1-7 of the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme.
The next stage of the journey takes a swimmer through FUNdamental Movement. This makes up Stages 1-7 of the British Gas Learn to Swim Programme.
This stage is concerned with developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, such as arm bands, floats, etc.
This stage focuses on developing safe entries to the water, including jumping in, basic floating, travel on the front and back up to a distance of five metres, and rotating the body to regain an upright position. Swimmers may use aids such as arm bands, floats, etc.
Concerned with developing safe entries into the water - including submersion - travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, and progressing water safety knowledge and body rotation skills from the previous Stage, Stage 3 also sees the swimmer being assessed without the use of aids or support.
This stage aids the learner in developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Also covered is refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer also has to swim 10 metres to a standard directed by the ASA.
During this stage swimmers develop ‘watermanship’ through sculling and treading water skills and body complete rotation. They also perform all strokes for a distance of 10 metres to a standard provided by the ASA within the ASA Learn to Swim Framework.