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On 18th September 2014, RAPs will be moving offices and will be based in Vauxhall at the below address:

 

6 Graphite Square
Vauxhall Walk, London, UK
SE11 5EE

 

 

Our phone number will also be updated and will be in use as of the 22nd September. You will be able to reach us on: 0207 840 1919

With the move taking place over a couple of days, we aim to be fully up and running from Monday 22nd September with a new phone line and our servers fully functioning.

 

If you have any questions regarding the move and how it might affect your membership, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

RAPs welcomes the news that Adam Paker, current Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Games England (CGE), has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the ASA. 

 

Adam will be joining the ASA as its new CEO upon completion of his duties with Commonwealth Games England. 

 

SkillsActive CEO Ian Taylor commented:

“I would like to congratulate Adam on his new role. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to the future and continued successful partnership work with the ASA.”

 

Adam has led Commonwealth Games England for three years and has agreed to move to the Amateur Swimming Association as its new Chief Executive, following a handover period after the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

 

Speaking to the ASA Adam said:

“I want to help the organisation get more people swimming and look forward to making a real impact."

 

He continued to say:

“For the next few months my entire focus is on driving Commonwealth Games England forward and delivering a highly successful Commonwealth Games for Team England.

 

"I am extremely proud to have been given the role of Chief Executive of the Amateur Swimming Association. I want to help the organisation get more people swimming and look forward to making a real impact.

 

Adam Paker is expected to take up his role with the Amateur Swimming Association in the autumn.

 

Commonwealth Games England will undertake a major review of its Glasgow Commonwealth Games performance in September and October when a decision on Chief Executive recruitment will be made.

As part of our ongoing commitment to our members and the services we provide, we are delighted to announce that RAPs will be working in partnership with AddMore to provide a fantastic range of discounts and offers to our members.

 

Brands include Virgin Media, Sainsbury's and House of Fraser just to name a few!


Greg Small, Head of Membership for RAPs commented:


"It is important for us to reward and recognise the commitment our members have to their careers, which is why I am delighted that we are working in partnership with AddMore in order to provide a great range of offers for our members."


In order for RAPs members to access their member benefits and to see all the available discounts and offers, members will need to log into the Members Area, select the RAPs logo and then select the 'Member offers' button which can be found on the right hand side of the page.


To see a full list of the brands on offer please click here.


We hope you enjoy!

RAPs welcomes the news that the ASA’s main training partner, the Institute of Swimming (IoS), has announced details of how practicing swimming teachers can achieve the new RAPs approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification.

 

Following feedback from teachers and the industry, the ASA has been working alongside SkillsActive to establish an additional way for existing ASA Level 2 swimming teachers to meet the agreed standard set out by RAPs.

 

As an alternative to achieving the brand new certification for the RAPs approved Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification, a process will be introduced whereby ASA Level 2 swimming teachers (enrolled or registered for the qualification post 2001) will be able to obtain a Statement of Competency. 

 

The purpose of the Statement will be to verify that the swimming teacher meets the assessment criteria of the new Level 2 Certificate, which is not covered by their existing qualification. This will then enable them to join RAPs and also stay on the register post 31st December 2015, without the need to achieve new certification. The statement will be free of charge and will need to be completed by the swimming teacher’s current employer (or other equivalent role to be specified). 

 

Those who hold an ASA Level 2 Teaching Aquatics qualification achieved pre 2001, should contact the IoS or another ASA approved centre for information on an approach most suitable to them. It will continue to be possible for existing swimming teachers to up-skill and achieve the new ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification. The cost and process will depend on the title of the qualification held, and also whether it was awarded by the ASA or another UK awarding organisation (prices and details below).

 

RAPs, owned and operated by SkillsActive, has been created to provide a system of regulation to ensure individuals working in the aquatics industry meet agreed professional standards. A key part of this has seen SkillsActive, in consultation with the ASA, RLSS UK and the STA, as well as employers, develop the Single Qualification Framework (SQF). This means a consistent standard for qualifications in aquatics has been set, providing clarity for employers and consumers.

 

IoS members that have opted in or paid the discounted rate have been recognised by RAPs and provided with membership up until 31st December 2015. As of 1st January 2016 those who wish to remain on the register will need to, depending on the qualification held, achieve a Statement of Competency or gain the RAPs approved ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification (however, they must also renew membership annually).

 

Prices and details for Statement of Competence only

 

Category

Qualifications

Price

ASA Post 2011

ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (QCF) January 2011 – to date

FREE

2001-2011

ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (NQF) Sept 2007 – Dec 2010

ASA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming Units 1-3 2001-2007

FREE

Pre-2001 or other UK awarding organisation

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming NVQ 1995-2001

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming 1989-1994

ASA Teachers Certificate Swimming 1984-1988

STA Level 2 Full Swimming Teacher NQF - All dates

STA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

STA Level 2 Award Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

Any Overseas qualification – All dates

Please contact the IoS

 

Prices and details for new certification

 

Category

Qualifications

Price

ASA Post 2011

ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (QCF) January 2011 – to date

FREE

2001-2011

ASA UKCC Level 2 Teaching Aquatics (NQF) Sept 2007 – Dec 2010

ASA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming Units 1-3 2001-2007

£360

Pre-2001 or other UK awarding organisation

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming NVQ 1995-2001

ASA Teacher Certificate Swimming 1989-1994

ASA Teachers Certificate Swimming 1984-1988

STA Level 2 Full Swimming Teacher NQF - All dates

STA Level 2 Certificate Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

STA Level 2 Award Teaching Swimming (QCF) – All dates

Any Overseas qualification – All dates

£595

 

FAQs

 

What are the differences between my qualification and the single qualification?

 

Standards have developed and changed over the last 20 years. We have mapped all the previous versions of our aquatic teaching qualifications to the new single qualification specification to identify similar criteria and gaps in assessment outcomes. Each aquatic teaching qualification is slightly different to the other and the RPL process we are offering will match your skills, knowledge and understanding against the new qualification.

 

I am an IoS member and I was told I had been automatically enrolled on to RAPs, do I still need to up skill?

 

Yes you do. You have been added to the RAPs register temporarily. If you wish to stay on the register you will need to obtain the new Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) by 31st December 2015.

 

 I am not currently a swimming teacher, what is my route now?

 

Those entering the profession for the first time are still required to undertake the Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification before progressing to the Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification. 

 

From January 2014 it will become industry standard for the Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification to be achieved, regardless of the awarding organisation. 

 

The ASA is currently the only awarding organisation that offers the Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification.

 

Why is RAPs important?

  • It provides the aquatic industry with a single qualification framework for aquatic roles for the first time, meaning employers can be assured that individuals are all working to the same level of competence.
  • It 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 needed for good practice.
  • It recognises the expertise and qualifications of individuals and offers assurance to consumers and employers that all RAPs members are appropriately qualified and have the competence to perform their specific roles 

What are the benefits to becoming a RAPs member?

  • Competitive advantage in a challenging employment environment
  • Recognition in the industry as someone who is committed to continued professional development
  • Reassurance to your clients, parents and the public that you are qualified to perform your role
  • Discounts on leading high street and sporting brands, equipment, nutrition, health care and more
  • Lively debate, discussion and interaction with fellow professionals through social media
  • Regular blogs, newsletters and journals on the latest industry news from leading professionals

The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) was designed and developed by aquatic industry employers and stakeholders for the benefit of the aquatic industry. Through the creation of a Single Qualification Framework (SQF), a clear pathway of achievement and progression when working in the aquatics profession has been identified.

 

Based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS), entry levels and categories were created for swimming teaching (Assistant and Operations) to define the knowledge and skills individuals need to gain recognition as an ‘Assistant Swimming Teacher’ and or a ‘Swimming Teacher’.

 

The qualifications agreed by employers and stakeholders within the industry to support these roles are:

  • Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification - Assistant Swimming Teacher (Assistant Category)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) qualification - Swimming Teacher (Operations Category) 

From 1st January 2014 only these qualifications will allow individuals to join the Register.

 

Individuals who have achieved a swimming teacher’s qualification pre 1st January 2014 will still be able to gain entry to the Register. However, it is important to note that to maintain membership within the Operations category beyond 2015 as a Swimming Teacher, members will be required to complete appropriate up-skilling to achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) by 31st December 2015.

 

It is the responsibility of awarding organisations, who have gone through the SkillsActive and OfQual approval processes to ensure, through approved associated training providers, opportunities are available for members to achieve the SQF qualifications.

 

Should an individual hold a qualification that does not support the SQF and is therefore not recognised by RAPs they will not be able to gain membership to the Register.

 

Please email Compliance and Standards Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for clarification on the validity of any aquatic qualifications.  

As of the 1st January 2014, the Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) will implement new standards. The pre-requisite for advancement to the Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) will be a Level 1 qualification or equivalent. If there is an equivalent proposed then this will be examined, mapped and managed by the RAPs Compliance Team to ensure credibility for the pre-requisite standard.

 

RAPs has developed these criteria with industry (ASA, RLSS UK and the STA) and they have been mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

 

RAPS was created by SkillsActive to provide a system of profession regulation to ensure that individuals working in the aquatic industry meet agreed professional standards. SkillsActive, in consultation with ASA, RLSS UK and the STA have developed the Single Qualification Framework (SQF) which provides the qualification levels and standards required.

 

24th December, 2013

The official launch of the Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) yesterday went swimmingly with a warm reception from aquatic industry leaders and sports stars alike. Hosted by Olympic medallist Steve Parry, the launch took place at the Oasis Sports Centre in London Borough of Camden, operated by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL). As recent research from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) shows that only half of children are able to swim, there is increasing need for aquatic professionals to have their qualifications recognised by parents looking for swimming teachers away from schools.

The creators of RAPs earlier this week made a call for more parents to top up their children’s compulsory school swimming lessons with additional lessons outside of school if their children are to be proficient swimmers. Created by SkillsActive in partnership with the ASA, The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK and Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), RAPs provides a system of regulation to ensure that individuals working in the aquatic industry meet agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS) and best practice guidelines.

Stuart Wilson, Register Lead for RAPs, said, “We owe it to our children to empower them with a vital lifesaving skill that is learning to swim but we also owe it to them to make sure they are choosing the right people to instruct them. Up and down the country there are people falling short of basic swimming competencies and are putting themselves in real danger by not even being able to get from one side of a swimming pool to another. We are confident that RAPs will be a helpful tool to help the public find quality accredited instructors to help them to learn the ropes and be confident in the water.”

RAPs will provide verification that those working in the sector are fully qualified to perform their role. It will support the training needs and career development of those working in related roles, including swimming teachers, lifeguards, pool managers and pool plant operators.

Steve Parry said, “Ensuring there is quality and professionalism throughout this industry is a must, and I’m delighted that the Register of Aquatic Professionals is actively addressing this major issue. Employers can now easily identify the best qualified staff, and the public, especially parents, can rest easy in the knowledge that those working in this industry are up to the task.”

After a successful pilot phase, RAPs will officially open on 19th September, at an event hosted by Olympic medallist and swimming legend Steve Parry.

Steve, one of Britain’s most successful swimmers, shared his delight when discussing RAPs.

“The Register of Aquatic Professionals will go a long way to strengthen the credibility in the aquatic industry. We can be assured that those on this Register are fully qualified and hold the latest, most relevant qualifications.”

Having seen over 500 aquatic professionals sign up throughout the pilot phase, RAPs will now officially open at the Greenwich Leisure Ltd owned Oasis Sports Centre.

Alongside Steve Parry at the event will be key members from RAPs’ partner organisations: The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK and Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA).

All three will work together to ensure a regulation system is provided to the aquatic industry, and its professionals have all met National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Steve went on to say, “Ensuring there is quality and professionalism throughout this industry is a must, and I’m delighted that the Register of Aquatic Professionals is actively addressing this major issue. Employers can now easily identify the best qualified staff, and the public, especially parents, can rest easy in the knowledge that those working in this industry are up to the task.”

This year’s Flame conference, hosted by ukactive, will be held on 2nd -3rd July in Telford. We are looking forward to being involved with the ‘the biggest educational and networking event’ for our sector. The theme for this year’s annual conference is 'Embrace change or accept irrelevance - thriving in turbulent times.'

 

The exciting seminars cover a great range of topics including management, personal development, sales and services, marketing and technology. These sessions will be taken by world-renowned keynote speakers.

 

Come and join us on our stand, and find out more about RAPs.

www.ukactive.com/services/join-ukactive/forthcoming-events/more/7718/flame-conference-ball-of-fire

This year’s Leisure Industry Week (LIW) will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on 24th-26th September, and we are very excited to say that we will be there! This will be our first time at LIW and we can’t wait to meet you all.

 

LIW is a great opportunity to see what the market has to offer, including the latest services, products and innovations. You will leave full of fresh ideas and with information about the vital updates on the latest trends and the most current regulations.

 

www.liw.co.uk