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STA Junior Lifeguard Academy

East Riding Leisure is launching STA’s Junior Lifeguard Academy, a brand new survival and rescue training programme that has been specifically created for young people aged from 8 years (for the aquatic programmes, learners must be able to swim 50 metres continuously unaided).

The fun-packed programme offers something for everyone, regardless of ability; from lifeguarding skills and first aid, to snorkelling, ocean awareness, distance, sports skills and health and wellbeing.

Success Tracker!

STA Learn to swim programme comes with a new way of tracking progress. To download the STA swimming tracker click here

STA junior lifeguard swim academy

Why choose Junior Lifeguard?

STA has developed the Junior Lifeguard Programme so that learners can develop new skills beyond the traditional learn to swim programme, and experience a myriad of different aquatic, lifesaving, sports and first aid activities. The Junior Lifeguard Academy aims to:

  • Inspire young people to get active, have fun with friends and learn important life-saving skills
  • Reassure parents that their child is not only a competent swimmer, but also knows what to do in an emergency

Learners can also take part in the Academy’s 40 special missions whilst completing the Seal awards or as separate standalone activities. These exciting awards include everything from lifeguard and sport skills to boogie board, snorkelling, ocean awareness, open water swimming and distance skills, as well as tasters in water polo, sea scooters and synchronised swimming. Look out for these in our School Holiday programmes to!

Seal Series

Perfect for young swimmers who want to learn new fun skills, challenging learners to attain survival and rescue skills that can really save lives.


STA Distance

A range of 4 awards that reward distance and stamina over distances from 200 metres to 1,000 metres.

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Life Skills, First Aid & CPR

A series of awards that builds personal confidence as well as develop first aid and resuscitation skills.

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STA Skills Development

Develops a competent swimmer and water confidence. Special missions include synchronised swimming, water polo and diving.

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Lifeguard Skills

A series of awards that uses lifeguard equipment like rescue tubes, fins and boogie boards and skills like lifeguard communication.

lifeguard skills

Lifesaving Physical Challenges

Develops a competent swimmer and physically challenge the individual. Special missions include snorkelling, open water awarenes, and Seascooter.

Lifesaving Physical Challenges

Sport Strand Speed

The Sport Strand Speed awards are a great introduction to lifesaving as a sport in a fun safe environment, using basic lifesaving skills.

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Health & Well-being

Provides the opportunity for youngsters to learn about the importance of water safety in a fun and engaging way outside of a pool environment.

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