A BABY swimming academy has taken the next step for its development

Diddy Dolphins Baby Swim Academy, which hold classes at The Greyhound Hotel's Escapezone in Leigh, is now part of the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) Swim Star Swim School Programme.

The STA is one of the world’s largest swim teaching and lifesaving organisations and the programme is the first of its kind.

It is designed to help independent swimming schools achieve the highest standards of teaching.

The academy, which also teaches swimming at Mayfield Special School in Chorley, will deliver the world renowned International Learn to Swim Programme.

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Diddy Dolphins owner Lynda Hunter said "she is delighted" about signing up to the programme as the provider continues to develop.

To be accepted as an STA Swim Star, independent swimming schools have to complete an online audit to ensure they adhere to minimum standards.

They must demonstrate that they are actively working towards STAmark, an accreditation process.

Additionally schools must sign a three-year service level agreement with STA, committing to deliver its International Learn to Swim Programme.

Schools accepted onto the programme will be able to promote their Swim Star status using STA’s range of marketing materials.

STA sales and marketing director Zoe Cooper said: “We are thrilled to welcome Diddy Dolphins Baby Swim Academy to the Swim Star programme.

“There are many excellent independent swim schools across the country but those signing up to our scheme, like Diddy Dolphins, are providing extra assurance to their customers of their commitment to maintaining the highest of standards in teaching.”

For more information about STA Swim Star Swim School programme, contact STA on 01922 645097 or email sta@sta.co.uk.