Mermaid and mono fin swimming continues to gain momentum in the aquatic world, but with the absence of any regulated qualifications, this growth has fuelled safety concerns about teaching standards. To address this and also help more swim schools capitalise on this popular activity, STA sought guidance and with Mermaids UK is pleased to announce the launch of the UK’s first Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Mermaid and Mono Fin Swimming.
Richard Baker, Qualification Development Manager (Aquatics) says: “Mermaid and mono fin swimming is in consumer demand at the moment, and its popularity does not seem to be wavering. Whether you are pro mermaid swimming or not, as a governing body for swimming teaching we’ve been following its progress and cannot ignore its widespread popularity, and the fact that until now the only teacher training available has been in an unregulated CPD format.”
“Teaching mermaid and mono fin swimming is a highly specialist skill that requires professional training, which is why we have partnered with Mermaids UK to create the industry’s first regulated Level 2 qualification. In doing so, we want to drive best practice and raise standards by equipping swimming teachers with the skills needed to deliver mermaid and mono fin swimming in a safe controlled environment,” confirmed Richard.
The STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Mermaid and Mono Fin Swimming is a one-day course, and the prerequisites for attendance are a STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming (or acceptable equivalent) and STA membership.
Charlotte Scoins ASTA, Director at Mermaids UK explains: “The Level 2 Mermaid and Mono Fin qualification is a comprehensive 1-day course that covers the health and safety of mermaid and mono fin swimming, as well as the physical and social benefits. The course content also includes the many activities that can be completed whilst using the mermaid tail and mono fin, including safety skills and the different types of mono fins available on the market for both instructors and participants. We are delighted to be partnering with STA to offer aquatic professionals an industry first in mermaid and mono fin training.”
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