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The ASA's emphasis on learner safety continues with the Preliminary Competitive Start Award, complementing Stages 1-7 of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework and the Competitive Start Award for Stages 8-10.


Shallow diving can cause serious injuries but by completing these awards children will develop the competence to dive in water 0.9 - 1.3m deep. This is a standard required for competitions under ASA law.


Teaching for the Preliminary Competitive Start Award begins in deep water before moving to the side of the pool and shallower water. Once swimmers have mastered the skills in the Preliminary Competitive Start Award, they can progress to the Competitive Start Award to learn safe race dives from a starter block.

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