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Australia, Germany and
USA join STA federation
Three major swimming nations programme and assistance
have joined the International from the STA will ensure Swim
Federation Swimming Australia does not
Teachers’ Association the unnecessarily ‘reinvent the
international arm of the UK’s wheel’, and we hope that
Swimming Teachers’ different aspects developed
Association as part of their by Swim Australia can also be
long term commitment to utilised by the STA and other
improve swimming and international swim bodies
lifesaving standards and when reviewing their
Flashback to the opening of the Perth pool in 1988
reduce drownings. programme.”
The Australian Swimming As the greatest national
Perth pool
Coaches and Teachers lifesaving society in the world
Association, the German with more than one million
Lifesaving Society and the volunteers and donators, the
celebrates 20 years
United States Swim School Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-
Association, who each teach Gesellschaft – DLRG (German
many millions of children to Lifesaving Society) has joined
Perth Leisure Pool, the flagship Operations Manager, Debbie swim every year, are the latest the IFSTA as part of its plans to
facility of Perth & Kinross Leisure Gillespie said: “It’s hard to organisations to join the IFSTA, create a European network of
which earlier this year celebrated believe that Perth Leisure Pool is which is the only international learn to swim organisations
its 10 millionth visitor, celebrated 20 years old. To this day, the swimming and lifesaving body that can work together to help
again with its 20th anniversary facility continues to be one of to represent the global interests prevent drownings. Dr Klaus
with an events weekend. Scotland’s most popular aquatic of learn to swim associations. Wilkens, the President of DLRG
The pool has changed over attractions with people visiting Ross Gage, the CEO of said: “Every year in Europe
the years in an attempt to from all over Scotland. This year ASCTA says: “ASCTA is a there are nearly 40,000
provide customers with the has been particularly special for strong believer in the value of reported cases of drownings,
latest fitness and exercise the centre. In April we networking with kindred and tragically many of these
opportunities. Over the years welcomed our 10,000,000th organisations, and the IFSTA people died because they were
the pool has seen a new visitor, and now we celebrate a provides the forum for unable to swim. Learning to
interactive area for under eights, landmark birthday. likeminded swimming swim is the best prevention
continuous upgrades to the Perth Leisure Pools first ever organisations to share against drowning, so as a
pool, plus a brand new Power customer James Duff on the day international best practices. leading member in the
Plates studio. of opening on 30th July 1988 With the recent launch of its International Life-Saving
The celebration was a great with Provost Alex Murray. Swim Australia Teacher Federation of Europe (ILSE),
success with people from all James queued from 10pm the accreditation programme, we DLRG is focused on
over Scotland enjoying the night before to be the first are keen to be at the cutting developing a European
weekend fun and games. customer and also to claim his edge of teacher accreditation network of organisations which
Perth Leisure Pool Facility free membership. and training. The association can work together to improve
with other international learn to swim standards. By
teacher organisations can only joining the IFSTA, the DLRG
Parent friendly award for Arbroath pool
assist in this process.” can work with other European
The three associations are members and help this fight
Arbroath Sports Centre has received a stamp of approval in keen to share the STA’s against drowning.”
recognition of its parent-friendly policies which include availability experience of developing PAS Roger Millward, the Chief
of baby swimming classes, changing room facilities, pool 81:2008, the standard the UK Executive of the IFSTA and STA:
temperatures and swim pant guidelines. association created with BSi for “We are delighted to welcome
HUGGIES Little Swimmers has teamed up with two leading the operation and management the ASCTA, the DLRG and the
swimming organisations The Amateur Swimming Association and the of swim schools. “Swim US Swim School Association to
Institute of Sport and Recreation Management to encourage more Australia has a strong emphasis the IFSTA. As major learn to
parents of young children to take their babies swimming regularly. on enhancing the learn to swim swim associations, their
The Huggies Little Swimmers baby friendly pool directory is experience delivered at Swim knowledge and experience will
being developed to give parents peace of mind when taking their Schools, and the affiliation with greatly benefit the association,
babies swimming. the IFSTA will provide a greater and contribute significantly to
The swimming pool at Arbroath Sports Centre offers of a six lane insight into what is being done raising international
pool with attached toddler area. A number of adult and child in this regard around the standards.”
swimming lessons are held in the swimming pool, open to children world,” added Ross. The IFSTA is a significant
from six months old. “Of immediate relevance is international body and
Convener of Angus Council’s neighbourhood services Jim the STA’s Swim Schools alongside Australia, Germany
Millar welcomed the award. “Our sports and leisure staff have Accreditation programme, and the USA, it supports
worked hard to encourage parents to take their babies which is leading the way in members in Hong Kong,
swimming because it is good for baby development. I am terms of raising standards China, Singapore, Taiwan, Sri
delighted that our efforts have been recognised, and I hope that within the growing swim Lanka, the Middle East,
residents of Angus, both young and old, will continue to enjoy school market. Swim Australia Caribbean, Netherlands and
swimming in our pools.” is currently formulating such a Ireland, plus many more.
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