Get Started with Junior Lifeguard Academy

Depending on the qualifications you hold, there are two ways to get started teaching the Junior Lifeguard Academy Programme. A wide range of resources are available to successful Junior Lifeguard Instructors, including:

  • Full colour, waterproof resource manual
  • Programme tick sheets
  • Programme-specific resources and guidance, including:
    • Sample lesson plans
    • Game ideas
    • Skill-specific videos

Apply Online by RPL

Providing you already have the appropriate qualifications, you can log in to your STA Online account (or register for one by clicking here) and select the RPL to Junior Lifeguard Programme option to become a Junior Lifeguard Instructor.

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Attend a CPD Seminar

Depending on your pre-requisite qualifications, successful completion of the Junior Lifeguard Instructor CPD will qualify you to become a Junior Lifeguard Instructor or Assistant Instructor. The CPD also covers the skills required to teach the Junior Medic Series.

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Which Option is Right for Me?

Use the table below to determine which option is required for you in order to become a Junior Lifeguard Instructor or Assistant Instructor.

Qualification/Certificate Held RPL to Become an Instructor Attend CPD to Become an Instructor Attend CPD to Become an Assistant Instructor
STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming
STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming
Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming (including in-date lifesaving)
Swim England Level 2 Teaching Swimming (without in-date lifesaving)
Swim England Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching)
STA School Teachers Foundation Certificate
STA Student Teachers Certificate
STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding (or acceptable equivalent)
RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Instructor
Surf Life Saving GB National Vocational Beach Lifeguard (or acceptable equivalent)
STA Aquatic Tutor Status
STA Lifesaving Tutor Status
RLSS Trainer Assessor (pool, beach and lifesaving)
Please note: you must hold an in-date Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid at Work, Pool Emergency Responder, Pool Lifeguarding or RLSS NPLQ qualification to deliver the Junior Medic series—or attend a Junior Lifeguard CPD (which includes the knowledge to teach Junior Medic).

Want to Deliver the Junior Lifeguard CPD?

If you hold either STA Lifesaving or Aquatic Tutor Status, you can attend the Junior Lifeguard Instructor CPD to begin delivering it.

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