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Pool Lifeguard (Old Qualification)

This qualification has been replaced by our new STA Level 2 Award for Pool Lifeguarding.

Our five-day STA Pool Lifeguard qualification is our most comprehensive lifesaving qualification. On the course, you will learn essential skills including the theory of pool lifeguarding, supervision, the roles and responsibilities of a lifeguard and the risks associated with a swimming pool or leisure centre.

Once qualified, you will be competent and confident to perform CPR, first aid and aquatic rescue skills including fitness training, poolside rescue skills and spinal injury management correctly.

How Will the Qualification Benefit You?

  • Created by STA’s lifesaving experts, providing you with quality training
  • Training is in accordance with the National Occupational Standards and sections 140–185 of Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools and British Standard BS EN 15288 Part 2, Safety Requirements for Operations
  • Regulated by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales, and accredited by SQA Accreditation in Scotland
  • It will allow you to gain active employment as a pool lifeguard
  • You may also gain an additional first aid certificate if this is included as part of your Pool Lifeguard course, meaning that you can also act as a first aider when necessary (ask your course organiser for more details).

When You Get Your Qualification

  • It lasts for 2 years
  • You can revalidate your qualification on a one-day refresher course or through ongoing training on the job, rather than taking the whole course again.

How to Take Your Qualification Further

Becoming a lifeguard is usually the first step for people who build a career in the leisure industry. From working as a lifeguard, you will observe swimming lessons, aquacise classes, deal with customers and test pool water. You may find that you wish to do move on to additional courses, such as swimming teaching or pool plant so that you can broaden your knowledge, take on more duties and build up your career in the leisure industry!

Interested? Before You Get Started…

You’ll need to make sure you’ve met the following requirements before you attend your course:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be able to swim 100 metres on the front and 100 metres on the back without stopping
  • Be able to swim 50 metres in under 1 minute
  • Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool

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