Starfish Aquatics Institute

SAI has only one service-aquatics-and only one mission-reducing drowning and saving lives.

Location: Champaign, IL
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2012

About Us


In the late 1990s, Jill and Robbin White were managing several aquatic facilities and developing training systems. Through their experiences and the pioneering work they were doing integrating experiential learning theory with aquatics, they thought that an effective way to reduce drowning and save lives was to develop risk management and competency-based training programs complemented by exemplary service and cost-effective support. So in 1999 they founded SAI.

In 2005, SAI partnered with Human Kinetics to develop an online course to accompany the StarGuard curriculum. In 2006, that relationship expanded with the creation of the Human Kinetics Aquatics and Emergency Care division, directed by Jill White. Finally, in 2007, the SAI national headquarters was co-located to Human Kinetics’ Champaign, Illinois, campus to facilitate efficient operations and customer service.

Even though SAI has grown and adapted, they still have only one service-aquatics-and only one mission-reducing drowning and saving lives.


SAI’s programs are delivered through a network of authorized providers who agree to high standards of training excellence. Training providers are a diverse group-from independent instructors or educational institutions that deliver community-based courses, to large aquatics facilities that conduct in-house training for their employees.


We’re confident that the high-quality content, convenient and flexible delivery system, outstanding resources, web-based tracking and reporting capability, and above-and-beyond service are your solution for educating your lifeguards, swim instructors, and pool operators. You’ll also like the ease of transition and ability to quickly recover costs and even generate revenue from offering these courses.

To speak with our Starfish program specialist, Carmel Middelbos, please call 800-747-4457 x2413 or email

AI Connect Discussion Forum

StarGuard In The South

Started by Jim Cyrus Jul 9, 2012. 0 Replies

Is there a list of agencies that use StarGuard in the South?  Specifically Georgia, but surrounding states as well?Continue

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Comment by Starfish Aquatics Institute on November 4, 2009 at 6:41am
Thanks Robert; we appreciate it!
Comment by Robert Burrows on November 3, 2009 at 2:28pm
SureWater Technologies supports SAI in the effort to advance their mission. Thanks for the great job you are doing!

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