School Swimming Charter


The Programme

  • What is School Swimathon?
    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. Participating schools will use their national curriculum weekly swim lessons throughout the 2017 Spring Term to improve pupils' swimming ability. This will build up to a final session during the week of Swimathon 2017 (ending Friday 29 April) where pupils will swim further than ever before.
  • Who can take part?
    The programme is open to all school children, both primary and secondary, who are receiving school swimming lessons during the Spring Term 2017. Teachers must register their class and provide details of all participating children in order for them to be part of School Swimathon 2017.
  • When is it?
    School Swimathon takes place during the School Spring term 2017, 5 January – 31 March (if required, schools will be able to input times after the Easter holidays). Initial distances should be recorded and uploaded before 1 February. All challenges should be completed before 31 March.
  • Where is it?
    School Swimathon should take place at the venue where the school normally holds their school swimming lessons.
  • What’s in it for the school?
    The chance to be part of a campaign to raise the profile of school swimming and encourage children into the water. Every class registered will receive a free wall chart to record swims and each child will also receive a limited edition School Swimathon swim cap and achievement badge.


  • How do teachers register their pupils for School Swimathon?
    Teachers must register their class to take part in School Swimathon via the website. Once a teacher has registered a class, they will be able to log in to add the names and ages of all their swimmers. For more details on registration, please go to the For Teachers section below.
  • When can I register?
    Registration for 2017 is open from Monday 3 October 2016 until Wednesday 16 December 2016.
  • How much does it cost to take part?
    School Swimathon is completely free for both schools and children!
  • Who can register?
    Individuals will not be able to register themselves to take part in the programme as all registrations must be submitted by the class teacher.

For Swimmers

  • When do I receive my swim cap?
    Swim caps and badges will be posted to your teacher in the second delivery from February.
  • What material are the swim caps made from?
    Swim caps are made from latex and all pupils should be informed of this.

For Teachers

  • How do I register my pupils for School Swimathon?
    There are two stages to registration. Firstly, a teacher from the school needs to fill in the online registration form in order to register the school for the programme. The teacher will receive an email asking them to activate their account and inviting them to register their class and their swimmers. Classes and swimmers can be amended by logging in to the Schools Area on the website.
  • Can a teacher register more than one class?
    Yes it is possible for a teacher to register more than one class using the same email address and password. This can be done by logging in to the Schools Area of the website and adding another class.
  • How many classes can enter per school?
    There is no limit to the number of classes that a school can enter.
  • Is there a maximum number of pupils per class?
    The maximum number of pupils than can be registered per class is 35. If you have more than 35 swimmers taking part from your school, then you will need to enter them as different classes.
  • Can I edit the swimmers’ details?
    Yes, teachers will be able to log in and edit the names and ages of the pupils taking part.
  • What will schools receive in the post?
    Schools will receive an A2 wall chart at the beginning of the January term, and then pupil swim caps and badges will be sent out in February for every registered pupil.
  • How do teachers record the distances swum by each pupil?
    Teachers will need to record and upload 2 distances for each swimmer. This can be done by logging in to the Schools Area on the website. In January, teachers will need to enter the initial distance swum (taken from the first session) and in March, teachers will need to upload their challenge distance.
  • Is there a deadline for uploading the swimming distances for each pupil?
    Initial swimming distances must be uploaded before 1 February 2017. The final challenge distances must be uploaded before 31 March 2017.
  • How do teachers access certificates?
    Every pupil that takes part will get a personalised certificate that teachers can download from the Schools Area of the website. This will only be accessible once the final challenge distances have been uploaded.
  • What happens if pupils don’t improve on their original distance?
    Pupils will still be entitled to a personalised certificate even if they do not swim further than before.
  • What happens if pupils are strong swimmers?
    All distances must be recour longer than 30 minutes will be challenged to swim further within the time frame.


  • What is the ASA School Swimming Charter?
    The School Swimming Charter is an initiative driven by the ASA that aims to create a direct relationship between the national governing body and primary schools in England for the very first time. Essentially the Charter is a comprehensive package of support that will help primary schools to access the necessary knowledge and resources required to deliver high quality school swimming programmes.
  • How does the Charter link with the School Swimathon?
    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.
  • How do the Swimathon and the Charter link with the national curriculum requirements set down by the Department for Education?
    The national curriculum states ‘All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations’. By encouraging pupils to swim their best and increase the distance they are able to swim, School Swimathon encourages them to extend beyond the minimum standard of 25 metres. The overall aim of the Charter is to help and support schools in meeting the minimum standards. In particular the ASA strongly recommends that schools devote at least 25 hours of study time per child to curriculum swimming.

If you can't find the answer to your question here, please email and the School Swimathon team will be happy to help you.