STA Swim Academy

East Riding Leisure are pleased to introduce the STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association) International Learn to Swim Programme (ILSP) throughout their swimming lessons programme.

This new scheme offers a fresh and innovative swim programme across our nine sites with pools, appealing to learners of all ages from baby /preschool lessons to platinum awards for advanced swimming, junior lifeguard courses, adult swimming and disability swimming.

The programme is fun and exciting, and encourages children and young people to progress through levels and achieve through their success tracker booklets - collecting colourful badges, stickers and certificates along the way.

With the use of fun characters such as Octonauts, as seen on Cbeebies, the scheme takes children and young people on an engaging swim journey series including Starfish, Octopus, Goldfish, Angelfish and Shark Series to name a few.

The Junior Lifeguard series offers fun aquatic and lifesaving awards incorporating distance awards, and supporting awards (Diving, snorkelling, Sea scooter, personal survival skills, Competitive Starts and Turns)

Success Tracker!

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

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Course Duration

Courses run in blocks of 10 weeks, customers can opt for the easy payment plan direct debit which includes core badges from the ILSP (Core badges are shown above on the flow chart) or pay for the 10 week course up front (No badges included).

Unlimited Swim Pass

All children attending the East Riding Leisure Swim Academy receive an unlimited swim pass for the duration of their course of lessons.


Baby Water Safety

An innovative series of six progressive awards designed to introduce babies to a water adventure where confidence and safety skills are introduced.

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STA Information (External Website)

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Other Courses

STAnley Series

First Steps

An exciting series of seven progressive awards designed to teach learners from 2 years basic swimming and water safety skills.

STA Information (External Website)


Octopus Series

An exciting series of 3 progressive awards specifically designed for children aged between 5 to 8 years old.

STA Information (External Website)


Goldfish Series

This programme is designed to be the next stage for swimmers who have progressed through either the STAnley First Steps Series or Octopus Series.

STA Information (External Website)

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Angelfish Series

Prepares swimmers to swim 25m without aid, perform butterfly stroke as well as mastering sculling techniques and entries to the water.

STA Information (External Website)

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Shark Series

This series educates swimmers in basic water rescue and survival techniques as well as starts and turns for each of the strokes.

STA Information (External Website)


Advanced Swimmer Series

Consisting of three levels, this series develops swimming technique, speed, stamina and water polo or synchronised swimming skills.

STA Information (External Website)

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Platinum Award

The pinnacle of the ILSP, combining survival and rescue skills with advanced swimming skills, water polo and synchronised swimming.

STA Information (External Website)


Rockhopper Series

STA recognises the important of swimming and water safety for people with disabilities with the Rockhopper Series.

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Emperor Series

Complementing the Rockhopper disabilities awards, the Emperor Series of distance awards develop strength and stamina.


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

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Adult Series

This series covers basic to advanced water skills for the adult who is eager to learn to swim, improve technique or get fit. On completion of the series adults can progress to the Advanced Swimmer Series or the Water Safety Skills Series.

STA Information (External Website)

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How to apply?

To apply for the East Riding Leisure Swim Academy Course please download our Application form

Children can be inserted onto the waiting lists for pre-school classes working through the Stanley awards from the age of 3 years, and Octopus 1 once in full-time education if children have no prior swimming ability.

Children wishing to access any of the other stages need to contact the centre to arrange a pre-assessment.

Every effort is made to place children in lessons within 10 weeks.


At the end of each stage, badges and certificates can be purchased at reception. To view the badges which can be achieved and for information about the different stages, please click on the link below: