Time to STAnd Up For Swimming

STAnd Up for Swimming is STA’s new campaign, which we will be rolling-out in 2022, our 90th anniversary year, in response to the crippling swimming teacher shortage in the UK.

STAnd Up for Swimming is STA’s new campaign, which we will be rolling-out in 2022, our 90th anniversary year, in response to the crippling swimming teacher shortage in the UK.

As an educational charity dedicated to ‘preserving human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques’, we think it’s time to stop the talking and take action – and as the programme says “STAnd Up for Swimming” – stand up for all those involved in grassroots swimming … swim schools, swim operators and our future young swimmers.

Through the STAnd Up for Swimming programme, STA will be pledging tens of thousands of charity funds to train many hundreds of new swimming teachers for FREE, around the UK, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2022.

We know, one of the main issues that is preventing new people joining the profession is the cost of training – STAnd Up for Swimming removes this cost barrier through the provision of FREE training.

The aim over the course of 2022 is to qualify many hundreds of new Level 2 swimming teachers – who once qualified will then be able to hit the deck running.

“As an industry we cannot afford to wait around any longer; we need to take a proactive stance together and tackle the issue of swimming teacher shortages head-on NOW. By pledging tens of thousands of our own charity funds to this campaign, we are showing our commitment and support to all those involved in grassroots swimming, and playing our part in ensuring we don’t have a lost generation of young swimmers.”

Get Involved

Are you an STA Tutor, Assessor or Swim School who would like to offer their pool space for hire or would like to nominate a learner? If so get involed!

None of the above? Don’t worry, you can still get involved to support our campaign here.

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