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STA Launches Aquatic Tutor Grant Scheme

STA has launched the industry’s first aquatic tutor grant scheme to help combat the shortage of swim teachers across the country.

As the UK’s leading charity dedicated to the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques, STA says it is keen to play a significant role in ensuring the leisure industry can meet the overwhelming demand for more qualified swimming teachers.

The aim of this scheme is to make tutor courses even more accessible and affordable.

Dave Candler, STA CEO, said this is an exciting and unique offer for the leisure industry.

He explains: STA aquatic tutors play a vital part in the training of swimming teachers and the aim of this scheme is to make tutor courses even more accessible and affordable. This should make a real difference in increasing the number of qualified swimming teachers – and go some way in alleviating the current shortage.

The scheme means that individuals wishing to attend an STA aquatic tutor course can apply for a grant, with the opportunity to save up to 40% off the cost of the course. Each grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis, according to specific criteria.

Dave adds: We’ve worked hard to come up with a different and tangible way to look at solutions to the problem after our research last year showed that 81% of swim schools said they found it difficult to recruit suitably qualified swim teachers.

…restricted budgets mean that it can be difficult to persuade companies to invest in an aquatic tutor course.

And while 63% of those who were surveyed said they’d invest in an unqualified teacher, restricted budgets mean that it can be difficult to persuade companies to invest in an aquatic tutor course.

By introducing the grant scheme, we believe it will open up the opportunity for individuals and organisations who would otherwise struggle to fund the qualification, confirmed Dave.

As well as a recruitment aid, there are myriad benefits to implementing an in-house training scheme, adds Zoe Cooper, STA’s Sales and Marketing Director.

…having an in-house aquatic tutor reduces the reliance on training budgets because all relevant training can be cost-effectively delivered in-house when needed.

Because the leisure industry is known for its high turnover of staffing, having an in-house aquatic tutor reduces the reliance on training budgets because all relevant training can be cost-effectively delivered in-house when needed.

Increasing training opportunities also means there are more trained staff able to support lesson cover and deliver a flexible and versatile programme.

The tutor can also deliver continued professional development courses so that existing staff can keep their skills current and specialise in areas of interest.

Our grant scheme provides the ideal opportunity for swim schools to transform their training and development programmes – it’s a win-win for everyone and we are looking forward to offering the first places, confirmed Zoe.

Applying for a Grant

Interested in applying for an aquatic tutor grant through the scheme? To request an application form please contact tutorgrants@sta.co.uk!


A survey conducted by STA in 2015 reported the following results which influenced the foundations of this project and acts as a measure for STA to track the success of the project after implementation:

  • 81% of swim schools have difficulty in recruiting qualified staff
  • 69% of swim schools have waiting lists for swimming lessons
  • 71% stated that the difficulty in finding appropriate staff, was affecting their business growth plans
  • 63% are prepared to invest in training unqualified staff.

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