Joint Infant Aquatics NVQ Level 3 qualification with STA

Dear Members and Friends of Birthlight,

It is with great joy that we have joined with the STA to offer an Infant Aquatics swimming qualification that responds to the requirements of the PAS520. This document aims to become the recommended British standard for Baby Swimming. This new qualification will enable Birthlight Diploma holders to hold an NVQ level 3, in readiness to comply with this new recommended standard which is likely to gain international recognition.

Since the early days of its association with STA in 2003, Birthlight has worked tirelessly to ensure that as leading Infant Aquatics providers, we have a continued voice as this growing market develops. We aim to support our Teachers in providing lessons to the highest standards of safety and swimming practices, whilst maintaining our own exceptional delivery of materials with a high ratio of pool time to classroom teaching integrating relevant scientific research in easily accessible formats.

As expressed by Birthlight Tutor Alison Duff, Director of Calmababy "This is an exciting development and one I am proud to be a part of. Aligning the associations of Birthlight and STA on this Diploma make us an even stronger presence in the baby swimming world."

So where to from now?

As a Birthlight Teacher, you have already obtained the Birthlight certification. If you have completed your coursework and you are a Birthlight Diploma holder, the NVQ level 3 is open to you for gaining the highest vocational qualification in the UK and abroad for Baby Swimming. Birthlight tutors will be offering this course among a selected bunch of specialised STA tutors so that you can have continuity of training.

So why choose to enrol for a Birthlight-tutor-led NVQ3 course?

The reasons are many. Birthlight is a leading organization providing a holistic method on land and on water covering pregnancy, birth and the early years.  Our tutors are trained with in depth knowledge of neuro-physiological development, sensory integration and adult and child relationships in the aquatic environment. Birthlight has been and continues to be at the forefront of innovative teaching practices for babies and toddlers as well as for infants with additional and special needs. Why not get the teaching from the source?

Birthlight offers much more than a gentle but effective foundation for life long swimming: we form community around what we call ‘Water Parenting’, promoting optimal parent-infant communication as the basis for learning in a relaxed pool environment.


If I am new to baby swimming, why should I choose the more expensive and demanding Birthlight Diploma + NVQ3 route rather than the STA parent/baby course + teaching experience + NVQ3 course?

This is a very personal choice, depending on your situation and your life goals.  At Birthlight we can guarantee that you will gain in depth knowledge on parent-baby interactions from birth to 4. This will make you a very rounded baby swimming teacher, with practical competencies enabling you to handle a wide range of babies of all ages. The knowledge you will have gained on the Birthlight course will equip you fully to make the most of the NVQ3 course as professional development after gaining teaching experience. We accept that this may be a considerable investment for you and for this reason we offer facilities for payment in instalments. Email enquiries@birthlight.com or phone us on 01223 362288 if you would like to discuss options or receive further information.

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