For many years we have operated an incentive based swimming skills scheme – The STA International Learn to Swim Programme (ILSP) and millions of children worldwide have learned to swim using this system. Now, as part of our commitment to improving the standards of swimming teaching and water safety worldwide we have, after consultation with our members and experts within the industry, developed ILSP, the new comprehensive approach to teaching swimming.
The ILSP recognises that pupils learn to swim at many different ages and progress at varying paces. It also appreciates that swimming teachers use different techniques and have different levels of experience and that pool managers have diverse requirements. But at the same time, both parties recognise that at no stage should safety, quality standards or consistency be compromised. The the ILSP consists of five progressive schemes which are interlinked. There is a stand alone scheme for people with disabilities, supporting awards for the more competent swimmer and diver and an introduction to the First Aid award.
All levels of the ILSP have clearly defined standards, teaching objectives and learning outcomes. This ensures a consistent level of achievement from a high quality programme. The progressive and interlinked nature of the scheme provides for continuity but also flexibility when used in conjunction with the ILSP Resource Manual. Whilst the ILSP is a complete and comprehensive scheme it also recognises that many organisations may already have their own scheme or have adopted the ASA National Plan. With this in mind, the ILSP has been designed to overlay other schemes. For example, it is easy to transfer onto the ILSP from the ASA National Plan.