The Cranford Pool and Fitness Center is pleased to announce our new affiliation with Starfish Aquatics Institute. Beginning January 2015 the Starfish Aquatics curriculum will be used in our swim school program. Starfish Aquatics Institute, a nationally recognized curriculum for swim instruction, emphasizes water safety and promotes skill development by recognizing the achievements a swimmer makes as they advance through the program.  In partnership with Human Kinetics, SAI offers state-of-the-art training courses and also provides risk management services to the aquatic industry. 

Recently, staff members from the Cranford Pool and Fitness Center successfully completed the Starfish Swimming Instructor trainer course.  The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students aged 6 months to adult. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combines both swimming and safety skills. Students will receive acknowledgment of individual achievement as they accomplish these benchmarks. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team or lifetime fitness swimming. Our Instructors are over 18 years of age and are certified swim trainers through Starfish Aquatics Institute. Many are also Certified Water Safety instructors. All have training in First Aid, CPR and AED.

“We are very proud to have the Cranford Pool and Fitness Center join the SAI family,” said Leslie Donavan, President of SAI.  “We believe our focus on professionalism and accountability gives our Training Centers the opportunity to lead the industry in effective and safe programming.”

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Founded by Jill White, a renowned aquatics expert, SAI uses an integrated experiential approach to learning. All SAI training programs incorporate this innovative technique.

Cranford Pool and Fitness Center will be using the StarGuard® Lifeguard Certification program and the Starfish Swimming® Instructor Certification program.

“The Starfish Swimming program is a total curriculum based on core competencies that are ideal for any teaching situation,” said Donavan. “It is an effective swimming instruction system for all ages and abilities, from infant through swim team.” 

For information on Cranford Pool and Fitness Center hours and programs, please call 908-709-7260 or visit