RAPs welcomes IoS members

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We would like to say a big welcome from all of us here at RAPs to all who have joined us from the IoS.

As an IoS member we are pleased to offer you the chance to join RAPs free of charge for the remainder of your current IoS membership. When your IoS membership is due to be renewed you will be eligible to renew your RAPs membership at the special rate of £15.

What is RAPs and why is it important?

With growing demand for professionalisation, RAPs offers the aquatic industry a united and industry wide platform to showcase the quality of those working in and around the wetside environment.  So whether you’re a lifeguard, a pool manager or anything in-between, RAPs certifies your professionalism and qualifications get the recognition they deserve.

RAPs also offers assurance to the public who use your services and gives employers an extra level of confidence that all RAPs members are appropriately qualified and have the competence to perform their specific roles.

Why RAPs?

As a member of the Register of Aquatic professionals you will receive a range of benefits including:

  • A 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 and more
  • Lively debates, discussions and interaction with fellow professionals through social media
  • Career advice from our registers team
  • Regular blogs, newsletters and magazines on the latest industry news from leading professionals.

We’re delighted to have you on board, and it’s great to see so many aquatic professionals shaping the industry.

For more information about RAPs please visit http://www.aquaticregister.org/

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RAPs makes a splash at LIW 2013

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As well as successfully hosting the RAPs Official Opening last month, we also showcased the ways in which we are helping to further professionalise the aquatic industry at this year’s Leisure Industry Week (LIW), which took place at the NEC in Birmingham from 24-26 September.

Throughout the three day exhibition we certainly had a lot going on and it was fantastic to meet and greet both existing members and those interested in RAPs.

A Q&A panel session was held on the Wednesday with STA’s Roger Millward (CEO), ASA’s Jane Nickerson (Chief Operating Officer) and RLSS’s Tara Dillon (Executive Director) discussing the key issues about the Register(the single qualifications framework and traineeships within the leisure industry) and the plans for RAPs in the year ahead.

Stuart Wilsion, Sector Lead for RAPs said:

‘It’s been an exciting few weeks for the Register with both the launch and LIW highlighting the importance and need for RAPs. LIW was a fantastic opportunity to look at career pathways in the industry and we were able to engage with key stake holders, existing members and potential members.”.

However the highlight of the week, which we are sure those who attended certainly agreed, was our ‘Hook a Duck’ competition, taking place in the STA SwimZone.

After a somewhat apprehensive start, the competition proved a great success, with everyone joining in from show visitors, STA staff and exhibitors. Even STA’s Operations Director Theo Millward had a go! Prizes won throughout the competition included one year’s free subscription to H2Open Water magazine, iTunes vouchers and RAPs branded goodies. An iPad was also up for grabs however, sadly no one hooked the sought-after duck.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the STA for kindly letting us use their pool for the week.

Overall the event was a great success and we look forward to returning next year!

Steve Parry introduces RAPs

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What a busy few months it’s been here it at RAPs HQ!

First of all we’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to all for joining the Register. Our progress would not be possible without your support!

Last month we had our official launch, hosted by Olympic medallist Steve Parry. Which took place at the Greenwich Leisure Ltd owned Oasis Sports Centre swimming pool. The launch was attended by both aquatic industry leaders and sport stars alike.

The event also included a Q&A panel session which saw David Sparkes OBE (ASA), Roger Millward (STA), Tara Dillon (IQL, the awarding arm of the RLSS) take questions from the floor, where key aquatic issues were addressed.

Here’s what Steve Parry had to say about the Register:

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

Steve continued:

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

Stuart Wilson, Sector Lead for RAPs, added:

“The launch event was a fantastic success and RAPs will give the guidance and confidence to parents that their chosen swimming instructors meet the relevant industry standards. Looking for private instructors can seem like a minefield at times but the process can be made easier by checking RAPs and seeking out accredited professionals.” 

Below is a short film of the launch day including interviews with our partners ASA, RLSS and STA .