RAPs Testimonials


The Register of Aquatic Professionals is governed in partnership with the ASA, RLSS and STA. Each of these industry leading organisations has made a valuable contribution to the development of the Register.



STA CEO, Roger Millward had this to say about the Register:


“RAPs is a fantastic development for the swimming community and general public. The Register will both raise the awareness of swimming and highlight the importance we place in ensuring that everyone knows how to swim and survive in water. Furthermore RAPs brings together several awarding organisations, which will provide lasting commitment to ongoing professional development through the introduction of a single qualification framework. We are fully supportive of RAPs and we are proud to have been involved in the development of the Register.”



ASA Chief Executive, David Sparkes stated:


“RAPs brings a new era to the aquatic industry the like of which has not been seen before. For the first time we will be working to one single qualification framework. This will lead to the simplification of the qualification structure in aquatics which can only be a good thing for all involved. There will also be an increased level of professionalisation through the creation of a solid and agreed career structure. A talented workforce is key to increasing participation and we believe RAPs can help support increased participation in aquatic activities.


“This is a very exciting time to be in the aquatic industry and I for one am looking forward to seeing the development and growth of RAPs as it progresses.”



Tara Dillon Executive Director of the RLSS told us:


“I am delighted the RLSS is so heavily involved with the development of RAPs. The Register will further increase the professionalism of our industry and help achieve our shared desire with the other stakeholder members to decrease the number of water related incidents. The increased benefits RAPs brings to the industry will have a positive impact. For the first time we can offer assurance to operators and the public that staff are competent to do their job. Employers will now be able to verify the ability of those working in the sector. Career pathways and progression routes have been fragmented in the past, now we have a chance to develop them and give those working in the industry and employers a clear and concise framework.”