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How We Raise Swimming Standards Globally

Internationally promoting the highest standards of swimming teaching, water safety and survival techniques.

This objective is the core of The International Federation of Swimming Teachers’ Associations (IFSTA). Since 1976, it has driven our commitment to ensuring the highest quality qualifications and swimming lessons are provided across the world.

Initially starting with just 10 member countries in 1976, we are delighted to have seen our membership grow globally with the support of 23 countries such as Australia, America, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

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“Charlie the Savior”: Drowning Prevention Inspired From Baywatch

Τhe free international water safety program "Charlie the savior" is endorsed by ILS, IFSTA, RLSS Commonwealth, ACFC, GLSA, WOWSA, ISHOF and inspired by true events that took place on Baywatch. In 1997, young Charlie Hayes, asked his mother to see the set of the world's #1 TV series Baywatch. This…
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New Global Partnership With Autism Swim

Following the success of STA’s partnership with Autism Swim in 2019, this exclusive agreement has been extended for another 12 months in the UK. Further, IFSTA members across 19 countries* will also now have the opportunity to benefit from the renewed partnership with Autism Swim in 2020. Autism Swim is…
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World Drowning Statistics

The IFSTA is the only international swimming and lifesaving body that represents the global interests of learn to swim associations. With 21 member countries, it provides a platform for likeminded swimming organisations to share international best practices and promote excellence in aquatic education and water safety. Each organisation shares a…