Unregulated Courses

As a member of the International Federation of the Swimming Teachers Association (IFSTA), and after many discussions with our 26 affiliated countries, STA is pleased to offer both regulated qualifications and unregulated courses, allowing learners across the globe to gain the necessary training within the leisure industry. We are delighted to offer unregulated international training for swimming teaching, baby and pre-school teaching and pool lifeguarding, so you can do your job with confidence, no matter where you are.

What is the Difference Between Regulated Qualifications and Non-regulated Courses?

Regulated qualifications offer learners certificates which will bear logos from regulatory bodies in the UK, whilst the non-regulated courses created by STA, which although do not appear on the regulatory framework are developed using the same industry experts and standards. They too are professional courses with the same quality attached to them.

Is an Unregulated Course for Me?

Unregulated courses are ideal for training staff in a specific area, and who do not need to go through a regulated programme. This is often the case with countries outside of the UK that do not require UK-regulated qualifications, especially when there are no country-specific entry requirements. This makes STA’s unregulated courses ideal for international learners because we’ve ensured a high standard of quality training can be delivered, but without all the regulatory requirements. This makes the courses more flexible, accessible, and cost-effective.

For swimming teachers, baby and pre-school teachers, pool lifeguards and lifesavers within the UK, regulated qualifications are deemed necessary from employers and the Health and Safety Executive.

STA International Swimming Teacher

Provides learners with the knowledge and practical skills to teach swimming in a learn to swim environment.

STA International Baby and Pre-School Teacher

Provides learners with the knowledge and practical skills to teach babies to pre-schoolers in adult and child swimming lessons.

STA International Pool Lifeguard

Trains learners in pool rescue skills, CPR techniques, first aid and dealing with poolside emergencies.

STA International Lifesaving Course for Swimming Teachers

Trains learners in pool rescue skills, CPR techniques and aquatic first aid so they can act as a rescuer in an aquatic teaching environment.

STA International Open Water Coach

Provides learners with the knowledge and practical skills to coach open water swimming skills in an open water environment.

STA International First Aid

Trains learners in CPR techniques, first aid and dealing with first aid emergencies.

STA International Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation

Trains learners in basic life support techniques and the safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

STA International Swimming Pool Technical Operator

Trains learners in swimming pool technical operations.