The Register of Aquatic Professionals – Goes to Westminster

Ian Taylor, SkillsActive; Roger Millward, STA; Tara Dillon RLSS; Spencer Moore ASA

Ian Taylor SkillsActive; Roger Millward  STA; Tara Dillon RLSS; Spencer Moore ASA at our House of Commons event (L-R)

On November 21st 2012, SkillsActive hosted an exclusive event at the House of Commons to welcome the creation of the new Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs).

The special announcement was a roaring success, hosted by Sky News’ Natalie Sawyer, sponsored by James Clappison MP and attended by some of the most notable faces from the swimming industry.  We were honoured to have had Olympians Rebecca Adlington, Steve Parry and Duncan Goodhew in attendance.

RAPs has been developed by SkillsActive and key industry partners; the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS).

What did we talk about at the House of Commons?

• A single qualification framework for each role

• Career pathways based on quality assured training

• Recognition for professionals within the aquatic industry

• Registration subject to continued professional development (CPD)

• A public search function enhancing public and employer confidence in the quality of wet-side professionals.

For all involved this was a pivotal moment within the aquatic industry with three major awarding bodies working together for the first time!

For further information about RAPs, please visit


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