ASA's main training partner, the Institute of Swimming, has announced
details of how practising swimming teachers can achieve the new RAPs
approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF)
Created by SkillsActive in
conjunction with the ASA, RLSS UK and the STA, the Register of Aquatic
Professionals (RAPs) provides a system of regulation to ensure that
individuals working in the aquatic industry meet agreed National
Occupational Standards (NOS) and best practice guidelines.
RAPs also supports the
training needs and career development of those working in related roles,
including swimming teachers, lifeguards, pool managers and pool plant
The IoS, have launched a
RAPs approved qualification to meet the requirements of SkillsActive.
Undertaking the new qualification, although optional, will give teachers
the opportunity to both up skill and join RAPs.
The ASA recommends all
employers consider RAPs registration a pre-requisite to employment, to
give your organisation a competitive advantage and verify that your
staff are committed to continued professional development.
Careers in Aquatics is a dedicated resource for pools to attract qualified and capable professionals.
Your vacancy could be seen by over 500,000 leisure professionals. ASA
clubs can advertise for free and there is a 10% discount for swim
There's been a 35% growth
in traffic since the site launch in September, proving that Careers in
Aquatics is fast becoming the best place for aquatic professionals
looking for a new job.
number of people swimming has increased by 48,800 in the last six
months, according to official statistics from Sport England.
The statistics also point
to an emerging trend over the last two years, with a net gain of 125,000
participants in the sport. The number of people swimming at least 30
minutes once a week now stands at 2.93 million people (2,934,200).