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New Framework Launched by Scottish Swimming

New Framework Launched by Scottish Swimming
27 March 2015 4177 Views No comments

Scottish Swimming has launched a swimming framework aimed at helping people to develop their water skills. The national governing body has designed the framework to help everyone be a 'Triple S' – Scotland Safe Swimmer.

The framework will help individuals become more confident in the water, develop broad skills to help with becoming ready for life-long swimming, and develop a strong stroke technique. It is hoped that it will enable people to take away the skills they will need to swim well for the rest of their lives and not just to get them ready for swimming in clubs.

The introduction of the new framework follows on from statistics released by Scottish Swimming which showed that just under 40 per cent of children are not able to swim unaided by the time they leave primary school. When you take this and the fact that drowning is the third most common cause of death among children in the UK, it shows that water skills and confidence are important for all.

With this in mind, the new framework has been developed to be all-inclusive, providing everyone with opportunities to partake in a range of aquatic activities, no matter what their current swimming level.

Alan Lynn, National Coach, said: "Developing and delivering a progressive learn to swim programme is critical for the continued success of aquatics in Scotland. This new framework develops fundamental aquatic literacy skills before developing stroke technique and proficiency in other water based activities.

"Swimming is a sport for all and a sport for life, and adopting this framework will encourage individuals to remain in the sport, whether as a competitor or for the fun, fitness and friendship element, as well as producing new role models on the world stage."

In order to support this, the framework provides a structure that enables the development of Schemes of Work for Learn to Swim lessons. It will link to swimming teacher training by Scottish Swimming and resources provided by Scottish Swimming to help with the development of core water skills.

These links will help swim providers to plan, deliver and assess informative and effective programmes that produce proficient swimmers.