Jo Cooper, one of the first to sign up to the Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs), has extensive experience in the pool having started teaching in 1979 at Northolt Swimming Club. She is currently a Swimming Teachers Association (STA) trained swimming tutor and is also a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) & Swimming Teachers Association Trainer and Assessor.
Her inspiration for becoming a swimming teacher actually came from her two children. She decided that as they lived near a canal it was very important for them to learn to swim.
Since that time Jo has kept constantly up to date with changes in coaching and teaching techniques, first aid and lifeguarding. She has set up and tutored Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and STA teachers and NPLQ courses and swimming CPD seminars.
Jo has an extensive list of qualifications including;
- ASA Teachers (Swimming) NVQ2
- National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
- ASA & STA Teacher (Parent & Child)
- ASA Assistant Teacher Certificate in:
– Swimming for the Disabled
- BTEC in Leisure Management
- ISRM Certificate in Leisure Management.
Despite having a wide range of qualifications, Jo felt it was really important for her to be on the Register, as all RAPS members have to meet National Occupational Standards, which describe the knowledge, competence and skills of good practice.
Jo said: “I am really pleased at the creation of RAPS. As just one of the many great benefits of RAPs is that it extends right across the industry”.
Jo went on to say, “I wanted to join RAPs because the Register is really exciting for the industry as it provides a proper framework of the qualifications needed and it will allow teachers to figure out where exactly they fit within the framework, whether they’re ASA qualified or STA.”
“My advice to anyone considering being on the Register is to simply do it! It’s free to join during the pilot so get yourself registered, what have you got to lose? You then decide after the first year if RAPs is the right option for you!”
Jo has also written articles on swimming teaching and safety in swimming pools for Swimming Times and is currently writing a book about her experiences as a teacher first, then as a tutor.