Swim Mark: What is it?

The Amateur Swimming Association is the national governing body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming.

SwimMark is the ASA’s Club Development model – a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes – striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment.

SwimMark Accreditation is a ‘Quality mark’. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.

Clubs work steadily towards the attainment of a series of outcomes all of which are seen as essential if the right level of support is to be provided at each stage of an athlete’s development.

SwimMark Accreditation is available to ASA clubs of all aquatic disciplines that are positioned at one or more of the four levels of:

• Teaching
• Skill Development
• Competitive Development
• Performance

Why the ASA National Teaching Plan?
• To encourage the progress of swimmers based on achievement
• To encourage swimmers to develop a wide range of skills
• To emphasise the importance of water confidence at an early stage
• To encourage the development of high quality technique through repetition, revision and consolidation
•To identify the correct standard of skill performance
•To take part in the teaching and developmental coaching programme of the Club

SALLY GOODMAN  is Portsmouth Northsea’s SwimMark co-ordinator.