City of Chester Swimming Club


Competitive Swimming - Water Polo - Learn to Swim

ASA National Teaching Plan (NTP)

The Club implemented the 2007 version of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming [NPTS] in October 2008. Our swimming lessons are based upon this framework produced by the Amateur Swimming Association [ASA], National Governing Body for Swimming. This is a national syllabus for delivering aquatics and provides stages for children to progress and become competent, confident and safe in water.

The NPTS framework encourages swimming lesson providers to deliver aquatic instruction in a FUN environment to aid learning and understanding. You may notice an emphasis on fun and games within your child’s swimming lesson; the use of games and fun activities to deliver learning outcomes is proven to be the most effective way for children to learn and all activities will have a purpose behind them.

Your child’s journey through aquatics will be enhanced with the programme as there are progressive stepping stones along the way and we are using a wide variety of awards to motivate swimmers. Skills and stroke technique need to be re-enforced and achieved consistently and parents should realise that it is not always possible for swimmers to achieve a certificate at the end of every course. Please be assured that all our teachers are committed to teaching children the four swimming strokes to a high standard

The NPTS requires swimmers to achieve all outcomes and the stroke standards will need to be at the ASA’s expected standard. The requirement to achieve all outcomes does however mean that some swimmers who have difficulty achieving certain strokes / skills will find they cannot be awarded the Stages, but this should not impede their overall progress.

There is more information about the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming on the ASA website www.britishswimming.org

The main points regarding the new teaching plan within the City of chester swimming Club (in brief)

  • Stages 1 – 4 half hour widths classes [Red, Yellow & Blue groups
  • Stages 5 & 6 half hour lengths classes [Green & Green Advanced groups]
  • Stage 7 [one hour Development classes].
  • Some swimmers may be suitable to progress to the Development class without having achieved Stage 6 whilst there is still some re-adjustment taking place.
  • All outcomes must be achieved in order to be awarded the certificate.
  • The standard of stroke technique required to pass the new awards will be higher at an earlier point in the scheme and some swimmers may find this more challenging than others
  • All outcomes must be achieved in order to be awarded the certificate.
  • The standard of stroke technique required to pass the new awards will be higher at an earlier point in the scheme and some swimmers may find this more challenging than others
  • Please don’t expect swimmers to achieve an NPTS Stage award at the end of each course..
  • We have introduced additional awards in order to keep swimmers motivated, particularly those who find it difficult to achieve the Teaching Plan awards.
  • Courses will continue on a quarterly basis [minimum of 12 weeks].
  • There will be additional courses for Mini Polo, Diving, Synchronised swimming and Rookie Lifeguard, these will be advertised separately.

Link to Learn To Swim Introduction

Link to Learn to Swim Timetable