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Dave Candler, the newish Ceo of Sta, wants to keep the organisation focused on what it does best.

H2Open spoke candidly to Dave Candler, the newish CEO of STA (Swimming Teacher’s Association), who says that despite a fractious year with forced changes to their senior management team, they’ve had their most successful year financially with the organisation going from strength to strength in terms of the number of courses being run and people becoming qualified.

The STA exists for “the preservation of human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques” according to its charitable objectives. It was created in 1932 and is now the world’s largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving organisation. It also provides training in first aid and leisure management including pool plant operations where Candler estimates it has about 70% of the UK market.

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We know that most of our readers are fully converted to the joys of swimming outdoors and only venture into indoor, chlorine-filled pools when necessity (or a training schedule) dictates. But it seems that some people haven’t yet discovered our world. They don’t know the thrill of cool water against their skin, the joy of looking up and not seeing a roof but sky and trees. They don’t know how to gauge the temperature of natural water (nice, cool, flippin’ freezing!) or the special properties of river, lake and sea water. When they swim they don’t hear bird song, they hear the aqua aerobics class from the lane next to them. If you know one of these people, please help them by showing them a copy of this magazine. We have lots of inspirational stories and features to help them break out of that chlorine-filled box. What better way to dip into swimming outdoors than wild swimming in our beautiful national parks? Our feature on the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will guide you to the best swim spots in both parks. Or if you prefer your waters a little warmer, why not head to the Costa Brava, where I explored the coast from the safety of new boat-free areas. We have also been hearing from readers about their epic swims: English Channel, North Channel, round Bermuda and the length of Britain’s longest river. We love reading your inspiring stories, even if your challenges sometimes scare us a little bit... Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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