Why Choose the Safety Training & Aquatic Rescue (STAR) Program?
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Why Choose the Safety Training & Aquatic Rescue (STAR) Program?

The STAR course is a water safety program for individuals who are not lifeguards but who may be in situations that require immediate response to assist with or manage an aquatic emergency. STAR provides basic training in aquatic safety, risk management, and aquatic rescue and is ideal for parents and caregivers, pool attendants, slide attendants, coaches, youth leaders, and camp counselors.


The STAR course uses the Starfish risk management model as the foundation for the curriculum. It contains information in these areas:

  • Prevention
  • Surveillance
  • Aquatic rescue of responsive individuals
  • Aquatic rescue and emergency care of unresponsive individuals
  • Personal safety


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What Others Say

"This course is exactly what our trainers needed. It is just the right blend of practical information for those who are not lifeguards but supervise others and might need to respond. What a great community water safety program for parents and coaches, too!"

Angie Proctor, Executive Director
Aquatic Exercise Association

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Starfish Aquatics offers Starguard Lifeguard Certification program to provide training to lifeguards in any kind of pool or waterpark.  Starfish Swimming is a comprehensive swimming instruction and water safety curriculum for all ages and ability levels.  AquaTech Pool Operator Certification program offers training and certification for anyone responsible for the water quality and maintenance of a pool or aquatic facility.

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