DSA provides all adults with a personalised programme where goal setting is paramount. DSA also link to the Swim England Adult Framework. The below outlines guidance and the links and what can be worked towards in each class, however the adult programme is designed to be flexible to meet the individual needs.
The Swim England Adult Swimming Framework includes four categories across three DSA classes, which aim to help all adults reach their swimming goals. There are four main awards with key outcomes that are listed below stage by stage and suggested delivery allows adults and teachers to identify suitable targets for each individual adult.
Before starting any swimming lessons, it is important a teacher works with each adult to identify why they are starting swimming lessons and check each adult is okay to start an exercise programme. DSA have a goal sheet that we ask all swimmers to complete and discuss with their instructor.
The Swim England Adult Swimming Framework is about improving confidence, competence and technique with no age limit. Not everyone is able to reach their potential during their school years nor given the opportunity to do so. We feel it is very important that everyone is given the chance to learn to swim.
Swim England has revealed that one in five adults is unable to swim, which shows a need for adult swimming lessons which cater to the needs of older swimmers. The Swim England Adult Swimming Framework understands that adults have very different needs to children when learning to swim. Adults have different motivations, learn in different ways and have completely different needs to children learning to swim.
The Adult Swimming Framework has a national syllabus with clear aims and objectives which help swimmers start to become competent and confident in their ability in the water. It caters for every type of adult swimmer, including those who are unable to swim at all, beginners and those who are nervous about swimming.
There is also support for swimmers who are coming back to swimming after a break or just those who want to improve their technique. Confident swimmers are given the opportunity to improve all of the four strokes, go into the competitive side of swimming or to join a Masters club which are aimed at adults over the age of 18.