News & Updates

Be Trauma-Informed with STA’s NEW Online CPD

Posted on 22nd April 2024

In partnership with Janine Ramsey from Trauma-Informed Aquatics, STA is delighted to introduce a new online CPD titled ‘Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Practice in Swimming Lessons’. This introductory CPD has been created to help swimming teachers gain a foundational understanding of what it means to be trauma-informed when delivering swimming lessons. The new CPD, which has…

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STA pop into School Swimming to Deliver a Free NEW Safety Checklist

Posted on 13th April 2024

Making sure children of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to learn how to swim and be water-safe is our overriding charity objective, but we all know in school swimming there are many difficult, practical, and financial challenges still to overcome; especially when headteachers are faced with limited access to local facilities. Bridging this…

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STA Launches New Aquacise Qualification

Posted on 11th April 2024

STA is pleased to announce the launch of the new STA Level 2 Award in Aquacise qualification. As part of Safety Training Awards’ (STA) ongoing commitment to creating high quality professional qualifications which meet the needs of the industry, employers, and learners, STA is extremely proud to launch this new qualification. The qualification aims to…

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Technical Notice: What to Expect from your EQA Visit Guidance

Posted on 13th February 2024

To support Approved Training Centres (ATC) Safety Training Awards (STA) have released a What to Expect from your EQA Visit Guidance document. External Quality Assurance (EQA) visits are important to ensure and maintain high standards of quality, consistency, and compliance within the ATC, and across all ATCs. The EQA team look at the performance, procedures,…

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STAting the Facts: STA Award in Pool Lifeguarding

Posted on 19th January 2024

Part One for Leisure Operators With a New Year upon us and career opportunities a plenty in lifeguarding, Helen Done, STA’s Qualifications and Business Development Manager, STAtes the facts about pool lifeguard training and answers the most FAQs about the STA Award in Pool Lifeguarding qualification, including how during this time of a national workforce…

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Continue Learning and Remain Relevant and Successful

Posted on 5th December 2023

Maria Timperley, Safety Training Awards’ EQA, discusses here why Continual Professional Development (CPD) is important in order to avoid ‘Knowledge and Skill fade’. Tutors and assessors are key to the successful training and development of learners. Remaining occupationally competent and current is pivotal to this aim. And no matter how experienced, staying on top of…

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STA win Innovation of the Year Award for STAnd up for Swimming

Posted on 1st December 2023

Safety Training Awards, the awarding organisation of the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), is thrilled to have won the prestigious ‘Innovation of the Year’ award for its STAnd Up for Swimming campaign at this year’s Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) Awards, which took place on the 30th November in Leicester. STAnd Up for Swimming was launched…

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2024 Webinars and Key Dates for ATCs, Tutors / Assessors and IQA’s!

Posted on 27th November 2023

To further support ATCs, Tutors / Assessors and IQAs, STA are excited to release the EQA Coffee and Chat, IQA standardisation sessions, Tutor standardisation sessions and technical webinars for 2024. EQA Coffee and Chats The informal drop-in sessions offer an opportunity for a general catch up with our EQAs and other ATCs, sharing ideas and…

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