National Plan for Teaching Swimming
Case Studies 2009
Name of contact Ray Lau
Job title/Role Education & Development Officer
Name of centre/ swim school/ Survive and Save Club
Contact address Harrow Leisure Centre
Middlesex HA3 5BT
E-mail Address email@example.com
Ray is happy to discuss Survive and Save Club’s experience of implementing the
NPTS. Before doing so, you may wish to read his following comments about the
Do you have a full time Level 2 A holder of the ASA Level 3 Managing and delivery of
Teacher coordinating the programmes co-ordinates the programme
swimming programme at
Were you implementing the Yes
NPTS 1997 edition? We have recently re-accredited Swim 21 and hold ASA
Aquamark approved scheme status
When did you start to We implemented this in January 2008 and piloted the
implement the NPTS 2007 Rookie Lifeguard programme in September 2007
Did you attend any CPD Yes
training and if “yes” how did • The majority of teachers have attended the
you find out about the courses FUNdamentals seminar and some of NPTS.
and were they useful? If you • Our Education & Development officer has
have not attended any of these attended all the seminars.
CPD’s could you please • A number of have attended the NPTS Overview
explain why? and Mini Polo.
• These are useful; however we are very
disappointed with London region as the number
of seminars has been very limited in meeting the
needs of our Aquatics programme.
Have you received sufficient Yes
resources to help you
implement the new NPTS?
What other resources would A revision of the Training DVD with realistic swimmers
you like the ASA to develop as from the NPTS programme representing “expected
a priority? standards”
Did you use the NPTS Action Yes
Plan to help you implement the We focused on a transition phase between the old and
NPTS? Did you do anything new where we completed the old NPTS assessment
different? and then re-assessed them against the new
What were the main skills gaps • Butterfly! Sculling – Synchro skills.
areas with the swimmers when • I took the lead in delivering some tutor demos
you transferred and how did and and specifically taught the skills involved.
you overcome these?
Are there any best practice • We implement an ‘Aquatics’ stage 8 & 9
examples within your programme where swimmers complete the
implementation that you could competitive swimming with a rotating
share with others? Please give programme on Flip n’ Fun, AquaFUN, Mini Polo
a summary. and Rookie Lifeguard.
• Due to the popularity of the programme, we will
be establishing a Mini Polo teaching section
including stages 10.
At what stages of the NPTS do • Our dropout rate is stage 7 where swimmers are
you experience the highest not progressing because of the 100 metres and
dropout rate of swimmers 25 metres butterfly aspects.
and what (if any) interventions • We are currently organising teachers to attend a
have you got in place to try to butterfly CPD.
keep swimmers and
Please could you detail if you No
are currently using or Swimmers progress onto Rookie Lifeguard and
considering using any of the lifesaving programmes of the Royal Life Saving
other ASA awards e.g. - Swim Society.
a Song/ Distance Badges?
What would be your key • Take your time!
recommendations to anyone • Ensure you have conversion assessment
who is considering completed on all swimmers about 4 weeks
implementing the new NPTS? before the end of the current course then teach
the skills and adjust.
Have you noticed an Yes!
improvement in your Greater motivation and interest with the higher stages
programme since moving to the which has resulted in a better quality of swimmers.
new NPTS? Please can you
explain any changes.
Are there any other comments There are points in the programme where swimmers do
you would like to add at this become ‘stuck’ at Stage 2, 5 (Butterfly!) and 7 (100m
stage? and Butterfly!)