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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Recent News From IFSTA


Free Water Safety Booklet for Children

STA UK, the founding member of IFSTA, has created a new, free-to-download water safety booklet to help teach children all around the world—and their families—about the importance of staying safe in and around different water environments this summer.
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70% of Parents Think Swimming Is Most Important Sport for Kids

For International Learn to Swim Week, STA UK, the founding member of IFSTA, revealed the findings of a new report which shows that 70% of parents think swimming is the most important sport for children to learn—with 62% saying its an invaluable life skill.
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Teaching Lifesaving Skills to the Future Generation in Kenya

STA UK, the founding member of IFSTA, is supporting Douglas Okatso from Juja in Kenya, who has launched an amazing initiative aimed at teaching children vital lifesaving skills—including drowning prevention.