What is the International Learn to Swim Programme?
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 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.
Whilst the ILSP is a complete and comprehensive scheme it also recognises that may organisations may have adopted an alternative learn to swim scheme or have devised their own scheme. With this in mind, comparisons to other schemes have been identified making it easy for operators to transfer to the ILSP. There are stand-alone schemes specifically designed for learners with disabilities and adults. There are also supporting awards in lifesaving, personal survival, diving, competitive starts and turns to complement a learner’s development through the scheme and provide additional motivation.