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The Swimming Teachers’ Association is an international charity working towards the objective of preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.

This objective underpins all that we do at STA, and since 1932 has driven our commitment to providing the highest quality qualifications and charitable services within leisure.

As a national governing body for swimming and lifesaving with over 12,000 members, we continue to develop qualifications in swimming teaching, lifesaving and leisure management to support the needs of the industry.

STA is uniquely positioned as the only awarding organisation in the UK that can deliver multi-aquatic programmes – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving and Pool Plant qualifications – that are:

  • Approved by Ofqual (UK Government licensed regulator), and sit on the QCF Register at Level 2
  • Accredited by SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)

All STA Qualifications are registered under Safety Training Awards, the awarding body for STA.

STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme (ILSP) also supports STA’s swimming teaching qualifications. The incentive based learn to swim programme, which promotes the importance of water safety, consists of 5 levels to provide people of all ages, from babies to adults, with a structured, progressive and transparent swimming and water scheme. It is supported with a range of colourful badges and certificates.

Importantly, STA is committed to representing the needs of the leisure industry and continues to advanceits range of learning programmes, improve member services and innovate via its digital portfolio of leisure management and training services.

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