News & Updates

Pool Plant Update

Posted on 25th January 2017

Following a qualification review by STA and feedback from tutors, the following changes have been made to our pool plant qualifications. Swimming Pool Water Testing Changes Updated learners’ manual Updated course presentation Updated worksheet (and answers) Added a new practical water testing assessment sheet Updated the suggested course timetable Swimming Pool Water Treatment Changes Updated…

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First Aid and Fire Warden Resources Updated

Posted on 24th January 2017

Following an internal review of the resources provided for first aid and Fire Warden courses, STA can confirm that course resources have been updated for the following STA qualifications: CPR and AED CPR and Anaphylaxis Fire Warden The updated resources are available on STA Online, and course tutors are advised to familiarise themselves with the…

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Withdrawal of Open Water Swimming Qualifications

Posted on 17th January 2017

Following a review of qualifications offered by STA, and in order to ensure that our qualifications remain fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of the industry, the decision has been taken to withdraw STA’s range of open water swimming qualifications: STA Level 1 Award for Pool to Open Water Swimming Coaching (QCF) STA…

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Withdrawal of Pool Emergency Procedures Qualification

Posted on 10th January 2017

Following a review of qualifications offered by STA, the decision has been taken to withdraw the SQA-accredited STA Professional Award for Pool Emergency Procedures at SCQF Level 6 due to a lack of demand. This qualification’s accreditation is due to expire on 31st January 2017, at which point courses will no longer be registerable for…

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First Aid Update

Posted on 5th January 2017

Back in June 2016 we advised tutors on the HSE updates to STA first aid courses, which were to include AED awareness within Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work courses as standard. We can now confirm that all course resources for these qualifications have been updated to include the safe application…

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Safety Award for Teachers Manual Updates

Posted on 15th November 2016

The course manual for the Safety Award for Teachers qualification has been updated following a recent review based on feedback received from STA tutors. The worksheet within the manual has been updated to reflect the new European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines for first aid. Updated course resources are now available to download from STA Online.…

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Student Teachers Certificate Update

Posted on 11th November 2016

Following feedback from our members we’d like to inform you of some changes we have made to the Student Teachers Certificate. Registration Process As a course organiser, you are no longer required to register the Student Teachers Certificate via STA Online. You can simply purchase the learner’s manual and newly designed certificate from the STA…

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CIMSPA Endorse STA’s Swimming Teaching and First Aid Qualifications

Posted on 3rd November 2016

We are delighted to confirm that STA’s swimming teaching and first aid qualifications have been endorsed by CIMSPA, the sector’s single chartered professional body. The qualifications endorsed by CIMSPA are: STA Award in Swimming Teaching STA Certificate in Swimming Teaching First Aid at Work Emergency First Aid at Work This follows on from the announcement…

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Amended Resources for Suspected Spinal Injury Management Now Available

Posted on 1st November 2016

Further to the technical notice sent 30th September 2016, all STA lifesaving course resources have now been updated in line with the latest changes in first aid and spinal cord injury management. The Safety Award for Teachers manual also has a new worksheet, following feedback from STA tutors. Updated course resources are now available to…

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Suspected Spinal Injury Management

Posted on 30th September 2016

STA has revised the Pool Rescuer manual to remove the use of cervical collars for suspected spinal injury management, following the recommendation from the European Resuscitation Council 2015 regarding spinal motion restriction: The routine application of a cervical collar by a first aid provider is not recommended. In suspected cervical spine injury, manually support the…

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