News & Updates

Technical Notice: Role of an External Assessor for Aquatic Teaching Qualifications

Posted on 19th June 2023

Following the recent tutor catch-up and quality assurance activities, STA would like to reiterate the role of an external assessor for aquatic teaching qualifications. Practical Teaching Assessment The external assessor is responsible for observing the learners to determine whether they have met the STA required standard and can be deemed competent. They must ensure the…

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Technical Notice: STA Launches New Aquatic Teaching Disability Swimming Qualification

Posted on 12th June 2023

STA is pleased to announce the launch of the new Award in Aquatic Teaching – Disability Swimming 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 following an in-depth…

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STA is Pleased to Announce the Launch of a NEW Online Lone Worker Programme

Posted on 18th May 2023

Lone Worker Safety in the Swimming Pool Environment CPD. There are many roles or tasks in the wet leisure industry that involve lone working. During this interactive programme, learners will hear from Robbie Phillips, a lone worker safety specialist and pool plant expert. The online CPD covers general health and safety considerations relating to the…

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Further Quality Assurance Webinars

Posted on 12th April 2023

Due to the success of the recent conflict of interest Q&A webinar and the positive feedback we received, the Quality Assurance Team have allocated some time to hold additional sessions with our members. We will be holding sessions on specific topics and have also included some informal coffee and chat drop in sessions for a…

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Virtual STA Get-togethers Hosted by the STA Team

Posted on 23rd March 2023

We love to catch up with our STA Family, but finding the time to catch up with everyone can be difficult. To make sure we find the time, from May we will be hosting informal discipline specific virtual get-togethers. These informal discipline specific sessions will be an opportunity for tutors and members to catch up…

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STA First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid are Approved Qualifications for Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA)

Posted on 20th March 2023

Following member enquiries, STA is extremely pleased to announce that STA First Aid at Work and STA Paediatric First Aid are approved qualifications for Scottish Youth Football Association (SYFA). Further to this announcement, STA would like to draw attention to Scottish Sports Concussion Guidance: grassroots sport and general public found here. “At all levels in…

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STA Technical Notice Regarding World Aquatics and Change to Diving Depth Rules

Posted on 13th March 2023

STA would like to make members aware that FINA, the Fédération Internationale de Natation, are now known as World Aquatics. World Aquatics is the sole and exclusive world governing body for all Aquatics, overseeing competition in six aquatic sports: Swimming Diving High diving Artistic swimming Water polo Open water swimming. In addition to this, World…

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Live Q&A – Conflicts of Interest

Posted on 6th March 2023

Further to the recent ATC Conflicts of Interest survey we released, the Compliance and Quality Assurance Team are developing some supporting resources for ATCs and their staff. The resources will assist you in identifying, managing, and monitoring conflicts of interest within your ATC, as well as reporting them to STA. Prior to releasing the supporting…

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ATC Staff Records Supporting Resource Update

Posted on 27th February 2023

To support Approved Training Centres (ATC) Safety Training Awards (STA) have streamlined the process of recording staff records. STA have created a ‘Staff Personal Statement and CPD Record’ document. This document allows tutors, assessors and IQAs to detail their qualifications, experience and any relevant CPDs all in one document. Tutors, assessors and IQAs should complete…

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STA Partners with LOVIBOND® to Produce a new up-to-date Pool Water Testing Video

Posted on 22nd February 2023

In response to member requests, STA is pleased to confirm that a new up-to-date pool water testing video has been created in partnership with Lovibond®, the leading experts in water analysis and colour measurement. The video, which is available to watch now on YouTube, summarises the basic requirements of testing swimming pool water in line…

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