Lancashire Sports Partnership

British Swimming

British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport.

The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish Swimming) and Wales (Swim Wales).

British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Swim North West

Swimnorthwest is one of the eight regions of the Amateur Swimming Association National Governing Body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water, and synchro in England.

The region covers the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire and the Sport England County Sport Partnership areas of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Together the Swimnorthwest Management Board and the North West Regional team based in Manchester are collectively responsible for managing and developing swimming and all associated aquatic disciplines within this region.


swim21 Club Accreditation is the ASA's 'quality mark'. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.

It is the ASA's Club Development model - a planning tool, based on the principles of Long Term Athlete Development, enabling clubs to help athletes, teachers, coaches and administrators to achieve their full potential. It focuses particularly on the needs of athletes - striving to provide them with the best possible support and environment.

Clubs who want to secure swim21 Accreditation work steadily towards gaining of a series of outcomes, all of which are seen as essential if the right level of support is to be provided at each stage of an athlete's development. 

Go Swimming

Go Swimming is the place to go for all your aquatic needs. From starting out to improving Go Swimming has a wide range of support and information to help you on your way. Find out more about pool swimming, open water swimming, diving, waterpolo, swimming and disabilities and much more.

Institute of Swimming

The Institute of Swimming is providing the sport and active leisure industry with a world class workforce. The largest trainer of swimming teachers and coaches in England and the premier provider of the ASA's courses, our expertise now extends beyond aquatics with an expansion into education and training provision in exercise and fitness leisure operations.

IoS Apprenticeship Opportunities

Looking to develop your workforce? Looking to make your organization more effective, competitive and productive? Look no further than IoS Apprenticeship.

The IoS can deliver a variety of frameworks, and can offer a workforce solution to increase the number of qualified staff within your business.

To assist employers recruiting an apprentice grants for £1500 could be available via the National Apprenticeships Service. The IoS will check eligibility and assist organizations who may wish to access this grant - up to ten grants are available for organisations with up to 1,000 employees.


Swimfit is the world leading pool workout programme developed by swimming experts at the ASA.

Join a Swimfit Activate+ group session delivered by a qualified instructor at your local pool or pick up a Swimfit Activate session card from poolside and see for yourself why swimmers all over the country are choosing Swimfit. 

Coaching Learn to Swim Apprenticeship including IoS/ASA level 2 Swimming Teacher Certificates

The 12 Month Coaching Learn to Swim Apprenticeship Framework is designed for those individuals wishing to pursue a career in the leisure industry through a teaching route. The apprentice will typically be employed for 30 hours a week in a leisure centre, health club, holiday park or any other facility with a pool. The apprenticeship is entirely work based with no college attendance. A tutor/assessor will visit the apprentice every 8 to 12 weeks within their workplace, reviewing work already completed and setting new work and completing observations.

At the end of this apprenticeship learners will be a fully qualified swimming teacher, with the ability to teach lessons to groups of swimmers including beginners up to the more experienced, children up to adults. A typical apprentice on this programme would be someone who can motivate and inspire others to develop their skills, encourage people and put them at their ease and have perseverance and patience with slower learners.

A qualified swimming teacher can:

  • Teach one-to- one or in groups
  • Plan and deliver sessions appropriate to the level of swimmer
  • Provide explanations and demonstrate swimming techniques
  • Correct faults in swimming techniques and identify ways to improve performance
  • Make sure safety standards are followed
  • Organise and supervise assistants and helpers

Apprenticeship Scheme Eligibility Criteria

The scheme is government funded and funding eligibility is set by the Skills Funding Agency. Therefore not everyone will be eligible

The main criteria are:

  • Aged 16 or above
  • Not in full time education
  • An EU citizen having lived within the EU for the last 3 years
  • Not already hold a level 2 or 3 qualification in Sport & Recreation
  • Not already have achieved a degree, HND, HNC, Foundation Degree or be studying towards any of these
  • Must be willing to sign up to an Apprentice scheme for 12 months

The IoS currently partner with Dudley College to recruit apprentices onto Coaching Learn to Swim Apprenticeships outlined above. Enquiries should go to