The National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) is an 'all-inclusive programme' which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water.
The national governing body for swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), has produced a national syllabus for Aquatics, in order to equip learn to swim providers with the training and tools to deliver a multi aquatic, multi skill programme.
A child develops their basic movement range during the ages of 5 years to 8 years for females, and 6 years to 9 years for males. During this stage of 'growing up', children should be taking part in activity that builds their Fundamental movement skills, with the emphasis being learning through fun.
The swimmer's 'journey through aquatics’ is a programme for developing early years water confidence, which is encouraged through sessions such as 'Parent and baby' and 'pre-school’ sessions. The emphasis is upon development of very basic motor skills and introduction to water and the swimming environment through fun and games. The 'ASA Duckling' Awards provide rewards appropriate for this section.
The next stage along the 'journey' takes a Swimmer through stages 1 - 7 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming.
Developing basic safety awareness, the ‘class’ scenario, basic movement skills and water confidence skills. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
Developing safe entries to the water. Including jumping in, basic floating, travel and rotation, unaided to regain upright positions. Swimmers may use aids, e.g. arm bands, floats etc.
Developing safe entries including submersion, travel up to 10 metres on the front and back, progress rotation skills and water safety knowledge.
Developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills, refining kicking technique for all strokes, and swimming 10 metres to a given standard as directed by the ASA.
Developing ‘waterman ship’ through sculling and treading water skills, and complete rotation, also performing all strokes to the given standard as directed by the ASA.
Developing effective swimming skills including coordinated breathing; developing the water safety aspects and understanding of preparation for exercise.
The ASA (formerly known as the Amateur Swimming Association) has been in existence since 1869. The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England.
It was the first official association of swimming to be established in the world and today remains the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water, and synchronised swimming.
For more information visit the ASA website.