STA’s Pool Water Management Accreditation Delivered by Quest
Accreditation for the Swimming Teachers Association’s (STA) Swimming Pool Water Management Quality Mark can now be delivered as part of Sport England’s quality assurance framework Quest.
The new award will be presented as one of the five modules operators can choose as part of the two-day Quest Plus assessment, enabling facilities with a pool to carry out their STA Swimming Pool Water Management Mark for free, as part of their overall Quest process.
The agreement with the STA brings the number of leading industry awards available under the Quest umbrella to six, to include ukactive’s Code of Practice; the Swim England’s Learn To Swim accreditation scheme; the English Federation of Disability Sport’s (EFDS) Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), the Trampoline Quality Mark and the StreetGames Doorstep StreetMark, allowing operators to save both time and money by completing them as part of their Quest assessment.
Quest, which was launched by Sport England in 1995, is a tool for continuous improvement delivered by health and safety management specialist Right Directions. It defines industry standards and good practice and encourages their ongoing development and delivery within a customer focused management framework. To date, more than 700 centres and sports development teams across the UK hold the Quest mark.
The STA’s Swimming Pool Water Management Mark will assess a number of areas including pool water quality, service and maintenance records, staff training, policies and procedures.
Caroline Constantine, Director of Right Directions and Quest Operations Director, explains: “Operators can now pick the STA’s Pool Water Management Mark alongside other Quest modules, meaning operators passing their Quest assessment will automatically achieve their STA Pool Water Management accreditation too.
“This new addition to the Quest modules is a great benefit for everyone involved. Alongside the Code of Practice, Swim England scheme and IFI, it ensures our Quest offering remains relevant and valuable, as well as saving operators both money and time on separate audits.”
Operators will also be able to choose to have their STA Pool Water Management Mark assessment independently of any Quest assessment.
Claire Brisbourne, Operations Director for the STA said: “This new award is a really exciting development that will support our members to ensure they have the correct processes and procedures in place to safely and effectively manage a swimming pool plant. The combined accreditation option with Quest has already had a significant amount of interest from many of our partners and members.”
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Right Directions provides health and safety and quality management support to the leisure industry, specialising in local authority and trust-managed sites, as well as smaller independent operators. Right Directions has more than 40 years experience within its field. www.rightdirections.co.uk
Quest is the UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure. It is a tool for continuous improvement, designed primarily for the management of leisure facilities and leisure development. Quest defines industry standards and good practice and encourages their ongoing development and delivery within a customer focused management framework. www.questnbs.org
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