Understanding the ASA Award Scheme


The ASA operate a set of competitive award standards for all swimmers to work towards regardless of age. Flashes (rectangles) are awarded for each stroke when the relevant standard has been met at the bronze, silver, gold or platinum level for a particular distance.

The club operates the scheme for all strokes from 25m distance right through to 1500m distance. Badges (round) are awarded for each stroke the first time a swimmer achieves a level.

Certificates are awarded with the first badge and when a swimmer has achieved another stroke it is added to the certificate.

The scheme is an excellent way to measure progression within the sport.

The table below gives details of the times which need to be achieved:





Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Sprint

Distance (m)

Time

Time

Time

Time

Backstroke

25

00:24.7

00:21.5

00:19.6



50

00:54.4

00:47.5

00:43.0

00:40.0

100

01:56.0

01:41.4

01:32.0

01:25.5

Breaststroke

25

00:27.2

00:23.8

00:21.7



50

01:00.4

00:52.7

00:48.0

00:46.4

100

02:12.0

01:55.4

01:44.8

01:37.3

Butterfly

25

00:23.2

00:20.3

00:18.5



50

00:52.4

00:45.7

00:41.5

00:38.5

100

01:53.8

01:39.4

01:30.4

01:23.9

Freestyle

25

00:21.0

00:18.3

00:16.7



50

00:47.0

00:41.0

00:37.2

00:34.6

100

01:44.3

01:31.0

01:22.8

01:16.9

IM

100

01:58.6

01:43.6

01:34.1

01:30.2

Middle Distance













Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Backstroke

200

04:11.1

03:39.4

03:19.3

03:05.0

Breaststroke

200

04:40.4

04:05.0

03:42.6

03:26.6

Butterfly

200

04:09.2

03:37.7

03:17.8

03:03.7

Freestyle

200

03:49.9

03:20.8

03:03.4

02:49.4

400

08:04.7

07:03.5

06:24.7

05:05.2

IM

200

04:17.2

03:44.6

03:24.1

03:09.5

Distance













Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Freestyle

800

16:45.3

14:38.2

13:17.9

12:20.7

1500

31:43.4

27:42.8

25:10.7

23:22.4

IM

400

09:03.7

07:55.0

07:11.5

06:40.6

Where can I achieve an award time?


Swimmers can achieve their times when competing in individual events at:
  • Any club event e.g. Club Champs
  • Any league gala e.g. Sussex League
  • Any friendly gala held under ASA Laws e.g. Smiths, Eastbourne SC
  • Any recognised licensed Open Meet e.g. Vanessa Knight, Eastbourne Open
Note that awards are not available for times achieved in relay events or at time trials.

How will I know if I have achieved an award?

After each time you compete in an internal club event or external gala check your newly gained personal best (PB) time against the times shown in the above table. If you have achieved a new award complete an order form, and return to the Club ‘Badge Coordinator’.

Fill out the record sheet to keep track of which badges you have acheived: HSC ASA Award Scheme badge record sheet

How much will my award cost?

  • Badges & Certificate cost £2.50
  • Stroke flashes cost £1.00

How can I order an award?

You can print off an award order form HERE

Complete the form and hand over to the Club ‘Badge Coordinator’ who is on Poolside with the awards most days between 5.30pm - 7pm (The awards will then be prepared and given to you on your next visit to the pool, unless advised otherwise)

What will I do with my awards?

  • Some swimmers like to collect their awards and keep them at home. The ASA issue an Awards File which can be ordered.
  • This can be ordered at the same time as your badges and flashes.
  • Some swimmers sew them on to a swimming towel.

But we would encourage you to:

  • Sew them on to your Club t-bag or Club polo shirt as this is a good way to
  • show your strength when the club competes against other clubs.
Please see below an example of how to sew your badges onto your shirt:

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