Media Release: Aberdeen ASC to launch new national framework for swimming


ABERDEEN ASC, in partnership with Scottish Swimming, will launch the new National Framework for Swimming in Scotland in the area in August ahead of the new academic year.

Learning to swim is one of the great opportunities a parent can offer their child and Scottish Swimming’s new National Framework is a fun, progressive programme for swimming, which highlights the importance of learning to swim at as early an age as possible and showcases the pathway, which encourages the parent and the child to continue in the sport to develop essential life-saving skills, become a strong swimmer while opening up further opportunities in other aquatic disciplines such as diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.

The National Framework is an all-inclusive pathway providing opportunities for everyone to participate in any aquatic discipline they choose at whatever level they aspire to.

Alison Low, head coach of Aberdeen ASC, is looking forward to seeing how the programme will develop youngsters in the area into strong swimmers.

She said: “We are continually looking at ways to improve the quality of teaching we provide, in order to remain at the top of LTS provision in the area.

“By using the framework, we can access teaching material and the Scottish Swimming syllabus, which provides a pathway for learning to swim to be delivered in a safe, supportive environment and is fun and builds confidence in young children.

“In addition, this provides us with access to the AquaPassport system which allows streamlining of the administration and will allow parents and swimmers to follow their progression online, using AquaPassport, in a fun and informative manner.”

The Framework is fully endorsed by national coach, Alan Lynn, who commented: “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.”

Aberdeen ASC delivers their swimming program from the International School Aberdeen.

For further information, go to: www.aberdeenasc.org.uk

For more information on the National Framework for Swimming go to: http://www.scottishswimming.com/learn-to-swim/parents-(1).aspx


For further information please contact Fiona Paterson, participation development officer, Scottish Swimming: f.paterson@scottishswimming.com or 07720 738 020


Alison Low, head coach, Aberdeen ASC: alisonjlow@btinternet.com

About Scottish Swimming

Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, coaches and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: learn to swim, participation in aquatic activities, club development, coaching partnerships and performance.

For more information visit www.scottishswimming.com

About Aberdeen ASC Learn to Swim

Our vision is to provide an environment for safe and fun swimming

Our strategic objectives are:

  • Provide a positive environment to allow everyone the opportunity to access the life skill of swimming
  • To offer progression into a range of aquatic activities

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