About us
Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association ("HKASA") was founded in early 1950 by the President, Mr. A. de O. Sales, and it took part for the first time in the Olympic Games in Helsinki 1952 with four swimmers.

Subsequently registered under the Societies Ordinance on 28th April 1960, the HKASA is a member of the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA), Asia Swimming Federation (AASF) and Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF & OC), and is the sole governing body of swimming sports in Hong Kong covering all swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, open water swimming and masters swimming competitions and activities. In the past 60 years, the Association has been promoting and developing swimming sports, thus raising the standard of swimming, nurturing elite swimmers and providing training to athletes, officials, judges and coaches in Hong Kong through organizing different competitions, training courses and relevant teaching activities.

The Association now has over 120 affiliated clubs with over 8,000 registered athletes, offering all properly accredited persons the opportunity to represent Hong Kong in a wide range of competitions and meetings here and abroad.
Background information of the Programme
The 'Jockey Club Learn-to-Swim Programme for Primary Students' is funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (The Trust) and organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA). 20 hours of free-of-charge swimming lessons per student will be provided to Primary 1 students in Hong Kong through swimming clubs affiliated under HKASA.

During the 18 months from August 2016 to January 2018, courses will be held in 3 phases. For each phase, which lasts for 6 months, an admission quota of 5,500 will be provided to Primary 1 students in Hong Kong through open application. The total quota will reach 16,500 for the 3 phases (accounting for approximately one-fourth of all Primary 1 students in Hong Kong).

In each phase, 33 swimming clubs affiliated under HKASA will provide 20 hours of free lessons in major districts in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. A set of swimming gear (including a swimsuit, swim cap and goggles) funded by the Trust will be distributed to all participants.

This is a pilot programme and, if deemed successful, will consider to extend to all Primary 1 students in Hong Kong in future.
Aim of the Programme
HKASA has been actively promoting swimming in Hong Kong for years. In light of only 50% of Hong Kong's Primary 1 students are able to swim, HKASA aim to increase the number to 70% through the 'Jockey Club Learn-to-Swim Programme for Primary Students'.

The coach to student ratio will be at 1:6 in all courses. It is targeted that 70% of the course attendees will be able to swim a distance of 10 to 20 meters after completing their courses. Apart from making swimming a habit, it is hoped that the risk of drowning among students could be reduced and ultimately achieve the goal for all Hong Kong people to be able to swim.
About The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club ("HKJC") is a world-class horse racing operator and Hong Kong’s largest community benefactor, as well as one of Asia’s most prestigious membership clubs. Operating as a not-for-profit organisation, the HKJC allocates its surplus for charitable and community projects through its Charities Trust.

Working with Government, non-governmental organisations and community partners, the Trust is committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hong Kong, and providing immediate relief to those most in need. As a philanthropic organisation in its own right, the Trust also proactively identifies and initiates projects that anticipate future community and social needs.
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