News & Updates

New International Courses for Swimming Teachers & Pool Lifeguards

Posted on 26th May 2020

As an international organisation with many international members, STA is launching three new international unregulated courses today for swimming teachers, pool lifeguards and baby and pre-school teachers. The new international courses have been created by STA to offer flexibility for tutors and employers in countries, which do not follow UK legislation, Health and Safety Executive…

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Plans For a Return to First Aid Training

Posted on 22nd May 2020

In follow up to STA’s communication last week, in regards to the First Aid Quality Partnership discussing ideas around the phased return to first aid training, two follow-up statements have been released: First Aid Quality Partnership – Delivery of face-to-face first aid training update Their statement (21st May) confirms that they are committed to ensuring…

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First Aid Certificate Extensions and Training Update

Posted on 15th May 2020

As an update to reassure all those who deliver first aid training, the First Aid Quality Partnership held a meeting this week to discuss possible ideas around first aid certificate extensions and the phased return to first aid training, and here is their official statement: A productive meeting of the First Aid Quality Partnership took…

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STA Safeguarding CPD Gains CIMSPA Endorsement

Posted on 24th April 2020

STA’s Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults CPD is the latest online learning programme from Safety Training Awards to gain CIMSPA endorsement, enabling participants to gain 4 CIMSPA CPD points – in addition to the 1 STA CPD point. Kaylë Brightwell MCIMSPA, STA’s Head of Qualification Development, said: “It is fantastic to achieve endorsement…

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Technical Notice : HSE Advice on Reduced First Aid Cover within an Organisation

Posted on 3rd April 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued advice for organisations to comply with the law, when due to Covid-19 have found first aid cover for their business reduced or they are unable to access first aid training. The HSE are recommending organisations review their first aid needs assessment and decide if they can still…

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STA Go Into Partnership with LogMeIn©

Posted on 31st March 2020

STA members qualify for a 15% discount with GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting STA has taken a proactive stance to further help ATCs and tutors with the delivery of online courses during COVID-19, by partnering with LogMeIn to provide members with an exclusive 15% discount on their market leading GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting communication platforms. Brett Preston, STA’s…

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Technical Notice: Pool Lifeguarding and First Aid Qualifications

Posted on 30th March 2020

Following updated medical guidelines, the following procedure has changed: The treatment for burns and scalds is now: Cool the burn for at least 20 minutes under running water. The updated procedure has been amended within the PowerPoint Presentations, learner portfolio (where applicable) including assessment questions and answers and qualification resource manual for the following qualifications:…

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Qualification Resource Updates: First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid

Posted on 30th March 2020

Following a review by Safety Training Awards, the STA’s First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid qualification resources have been updated. The following resources have been rebranded and updated: Learner portfolios Learner answer portfolios Suggested timetables PowerPoint presentations Qualification specifications Assessment strategy Tutor assessed skills sheet. The updated and rebranded resources can be downloaded…

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Technical Notice: COVID-19 – Lifesaving and First Aid Qualification Expiry Dates

Posted on 23rd March 2020

Following guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and First Aid Awarding Organisation Forum, Safety Training Awards are able to grant a qualification extension for learners who hold a STA lifesaving or regulated first aid qualification which are due to expire. Due to the Coronavirus, if a learners’ qualification expires on or after the 16th…

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Online Pool Plant Operations Revalidations and Conversions – NOW LIVE

Posted on 20th March 2020

Following over a year of development with Safety Training Awards educational and assessment experts, Jason Watkins, Digital Services Manager for the Swimming Teachers Association highlights aspects of STA’s new online pool plant operations revalidation and conversion programme. This industry first for a regulated pool plant operations qualification gives learners the option to revalidate or convert…

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