School Swimming Charter


School Swimathon is a swimming programme for school children, encouraging them to improve technique and confidence, culminating in a challenge to swim further than ever before. The Swimathon Foundation and the ASA are helping pupils across the country to ‘Swim their Best’ in School Swimathon 2016.

Participating schools will use their national curriculum weekly swim lessons throughout the 2016 Spring Term to improve pupils' swimming ability. This will build up to a final session where pupils challenge themselves to swim further than ever before.

Don't forget, if your pupils want to challenge themselves further they can sign up to Swimathon 2016 which takes place in over 600 pools across the UK. To find out more information please visit the website at

How it works

  1. Step 1


    Teachers register their class online to take part
  2. Step 2


    Pupils swim as far as they can in their first school swimming session
  3. Step 3


    Pupils are coached by their swimming instructors to improve their swimming
  4. Step 4

    Swim your best

    Pupils challenge themselves in their final school swimming session to swim further than they have ever swum before

Meet our partners

Swimathon Foundation

The Swimathon Foundation selects a National Charity Partner to promote itself and its charitable activities in association with the Swimathon and to receive funds from members of the public, including those participating in the Swimathon, in support of its activities. The Swimathon has raised funds for a variety of nominated charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC, The British Heart Foundation, The Prince’s Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care. For Swimathon 2016 the selected charity is Comic Relief, raising funds through the Sport Relief campaign.

The Swimathon Foundation is a charity registered at the Charities Commission Charity Number:1123870



The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) is the national governing body for the sport in England and aims to encourage more people to swim – and have fun swimming more often. The ASA operates the world renowned ASA Learn to Swim Framework to take children through from their first splash to full competence in the water and has recently introduced a specialised school swimming support package for primary schools, the ASA School Swimming Charter.

The ASA also provide a comprehensive training package to ensure class teachers and anyone else involved in school swimming feel confident and are equipped with the right skills and knowledge, the National Curriculum Training Programme.

School Swimathon increases swimming participation, raises the profile of curriculum swimming and supports the ASA’s vision that every child should learn to swim before they leave primary school.