Is your swimming teacher registered?

Over the summer, there is a good chance that you will be taking your little one to your local swimming pool to learn how to swim. Water safety is vital to ensure the experience is enjoyable, and lessons are learned for life. However we may not always be quick to check that those teaching our children are qualified to the highest standards.

Many of us rely on word of mouth to find our child’s swimming teacher, but have you ever considered when they last updated their training? Or if in fact they have adequate qualifications to teach your child how to swim?

The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) is a brand new government backed public register, and is here to help you make good choices. RAPs verifies qualifications of people working in and around water. People like swimming teachers. Meaning you can be assured your children are being taught by trained professionals.

As a parent it’s important for you to be aware of who is looking after your children and this Register offers you the chance to verify your child’s swimming teacher is fully qualified.

RAPs is an independent public Register which:

  • Provides a system of regulation to ensure that individuals working in the aquatic industry meet agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS), which describe the knowledge, competence and skills of good practice
  • Recognises the expertise and qualifications of individuals
  • Offers assurance to consumers and employers that all registered aquatic professionals are appropriately qualified and have the competence to perform their specific roles

The Register is owned and operated by the government licensed organisation, SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure & Well-being.

RAPs is new to market and needs your support to succeed. By asking your child’s swimming teacher if they are a RAPs member, you will help to drive awareness and ensure that swimming teachers across the country register themselves. This will help promote swim safety, and professionalism in the swimming industry.

RAPs is governed in partnership with; The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and The Swimming Teachers Association (STA) who fully support the Register.

Coming soon… the directory of members that you can search to see if your swimming teacher is qualified!  For more information in the meantime see or new website


Comments [1]

  • lucy mackenzie says:

    As a qualified swimming teacher, I would also recommend that you can also always ask to see you swimming teachers certificates that show they are qualified. It may be quicker and easier.

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