An introduction to the ASA

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has been in existence since 1869. It was the first governing body of swimming to be established in the world and today remains the English national governing body for swimming, diving, water polo, open water and synchronised swimming.

The ASA supports over 1,000 affiliated swimming clubs through a National, Regional and sub-regional structure. It endeavours to ensure every athlete – whatever their age or level of experience – belongs to a club that provides the best possible support and environment through schemes such as swim21, the ASA’s ‘Quality Mark’ for clubs.

The ASA organises competition throughout England, from grass-roots to elite level, including the highly successful Age Group and Youth Championships that attract more than 1,600 young swimmers aged 11-17, and the ASA Nationals.

Oldham Seals ASC operated through the ASA membership to provide access to ASA licensed Galas, Insurance through Training and Club Meets and supports the clubs links to the Oldham Advanced Training Squad (ATS) members.

Further details of the ASA can be found at