Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential for leisure industry professionals to maintain and update their knowledge and skills after qualification.

CPD programmes provide professionals with the latest developments in this rapidly changing industry, and give them opportunities to update personal and professional skills.

Gaining CPD Through Online Learning

STA offer a variety of comprehensive online learning programmes to augment the skill-set of teachers, lifeguards and STA tutors through STA Online.

Many of our online learning programmes offer CPD; explore the full range of online learning programmes STA provides through STA Online.

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Aquaphobia Learning Programme (ALP)

Helping participants gain water confidence is a key role for any swimming teacher and can often be a challenge with those who inherently fear the water.

Created by the UK Academy of Swimming, the Aquaphobia Learning Programme (ALP) is a 12-step progressive programme that swimming teachers can use to help aquaphobic, weak or non-swimmers overcome their fear of water.

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EduCare Mental Health Awareness 50% Discount!

Understand and have greater awareness of common mental health disorders and their prevalence amongst young people.

Topics included in this 3-course package:

  • Understanding Self-Harm
  • Understanding Low Mood and Depression
  • Understanding Anxiety

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These CPDs have been written in association with the School and Public Health Nurses Association.

STA members can access an exclusive 50% discount via STA Online’s member resources!

YMCA Awards 10% Discount!

YMCA Awards offer STA members a cost-effective and wide range of online learning CPDs to explore new themes and broaden their knowledge base.

Topics include:

  • 50 Games for Active Toddlers
  • Bones and Joints of the Human Body
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Principles of Muscles and Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Principles of Stretching and Motor Skills

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STA members can claim a 10% discount on YMCA Awards’ online learning CPDs—enter the discount code YMCASTA during your purchase to take advantage!

Gaining CPD Through Face-to-Face Seminars

Professionals may also attend face-to-face seminars to gain Continuing Professional Development. The CPD value of face-to-face seminars is dependent upon the length of the seminar – the values are:

Under 4 hours
½ Point
4+ hours
1 Point

A broad range of face-to-face aquatic seminars for leisure professionals to gain CPD can be found on the STA Search facility. The available topics are based on the specialist areas of knowledge of the seminar speakers.

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Water Fitness

Water Fitness offer a range of innovative, STA-endorsed aquatic fitness CPDs, providing a great opportunity for Aquacise instructors and tutors to diversify their teaching programmes and expend their training portfolio.

Courses include:

  • Hydro Pole
  • Hydro Jump
  • Hydro Fighter
  • Hydrorider
  • Aqua Ante-Natal

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