Membership

Membership of The Swimming Teachers’ Association is available to all who are interested in the preservation of human life by teaching swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.

Applicants for membership of the STA do not have to be qualified with STA, as we recognise qualifications from many other organisations in the UK and overseas.

Why Become a Member?

Members enjoy these benefits:

In addition to these benefits, STA’s insurance brokers provide members with a range of preferential club and swim school insurance packages.

Membership is mandatory for learners enrolling on STA aquatic and swimming teaching courses and is mandatory for all STA tutors.

Applying for Membership

Membership is currently £43.00 per annum when paid by Direct Debit, or £48.00 when paid by credit/debit card.

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Membership is not limited to the UK; STA, through The International Federation of Swimming Teachers; Associations (IFTSA), has members throughout the world who benefit from our expertise and use STA courses and awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I want to apply for or renew my STA membership, how do I do this?

    To apply for or renew your STA membership, simply click the ‘Apply for Membership’ button above to be taken to STA Online and follow the on-screen instructions.

    You’ll need to log in to your STA Online account as part of the application/renewal process. If you don’t already have one, you’ll create an account during your application/renewal.

  • How can I prove I'm an STA member?

    If you’re an STA member, you can prove your membership status either by using your STA membership certificate or a wallet-sized membership card which you can carry around with you.

    Your membership certificate is automatically issued to you when you become an STA member, and is available to download from your STA Online account by selecting Membership  STA Membership Certificate.

    You can also request a membership card through your STA Online account by selecting Membership  Request STA Membership Card. Please note: Only one membership card can be requested per year.

  • How can I get a copy of my public liability insurance policy information?

    If you’re an STA member, information about your public liability insurance policy can be found in your STA Online account by selecting Membership  STA Insurance Policy.

    If you have any questions about your public liability insurance policy, you’ll need to contact our insurance brokers directly as we’re unable to provide insurance advice.

  • I have a question about my public liability insurance policy, can you help?

    If you have any questions about your public liability insurance policy, you’ll need to contact our insurance brokers directly as we’re unable to provide insurance advice.

  • I pay for my membership by direct debit—can I have a copy of my direct debit receipt?

    If you’re an STA member who pays for their subscription by direct debit, your direct debit receipt is available to download from your STA Online account by selecting Membership  Direct Debit Receipt.

  • How can I update my direct debit details for my subscription payments?

    If you’re an STA member who pays for their subscription by direct debit, you can update your direct debit details for your subscription payments through your STA Online account by selecting Membership  Update Direct Debit Details. Please note: This should be updated at least seven days before your subscription payment is due to ensure your direct debit details are updated in time for your renewal.

  • Why is my membership status showing as 'pending' and when will it be active?

    If you’re an STA member who pays for their subscription by direct debit, you may notice when you renew your membership that your status shows as ‘pending’ instead of ‘active.’ This is because our direct debit transaction period is approximately fourteen days, and your membership status will show as ‘active’ once your subscription payment has been taken and updated on your account.

    During this time, you are an active STA member and will have access to all of the benefits enjoyed by members, including your public liability insurance cover. If you require proof of your STA membership status during this time, please contact us.

  • Can I cancel my membership subscription and can I have a refund for my subscription payment?

    If you’re an STA member who pays for their subscription by card, your membership will expire when you reach the end of your subscription period if you don’t renew your subscription.

    If you’re an STA member who pays for their subscription by direct debit, you can cancel your membership through your STA Online account by selecting Membership  Cancel Membership. We will not take a subscription payment to renew your membership when you reach the end of your subscription period, and your membership will expire.

    Refunds for membership payments are considered on a case-by-case basis, please contact us for further information.

  • Can I pay membership subscriptions for multiple people by card, or pay by purchase order?

    Bulk membership applications/renewals or those made by purchase order cannot be done through STA Online. Each individual will need to complete an application form and these will need to be sent to our membership team along with payment or a purchase order. Please contact us for further information.

  • I live outside the UK, can I apply for STA membership?

    Yes, an overseas membership package is available for those who live outside the UK at a reduced rate, however overseas members may not enjoy all of the same benefits that UK members receive, such as public liability insurance cover.

    Overseas membership cannot be applied for through STA Online. You’ll need to complete a special application form and this will need to be sent to our membership team along with payment or a purchase order. Please contact us for further information.