STA Level 2 Award for Pool Lifeguard

Introduction

The STA Pool Lifeguard qualification has been designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that are needed to provide constant poolside supervision of a swimming pool and working within the leisure industry.

Qualification Objectives

The STA Pool Lifeguard qualification is designed to train learners pool rescue, CPR techniques, first aid and dealing with poolside emergencies 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.

Employers may use STA’s Pool Lifeguard qualification to meet their health and safety responsibilities in the above publications.

Target Learners

Learners need to be of the age of 16 years old at the point of the assessment.

The learner who wants to work as a lifeguard in a swimming pool or leisure Centre.

Further guidance may be taken from the Health and Safety Executives document ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’.

Progression

The STA Pool Lifeguard qualification is a stand alone qualification. Experienced lifeguards may wish to become a Lifesaving Tutor where they can train other lifeguards and share their experience while working as a lifeguard.

Many people who currently work in the leisure industry will have started working as a lifeguard and progress onto other fields including gym instructor, swimming instructor or duty manager at pools that range from a single pool to a large leisure type pool.

Additional qualifications you may wish to take could include, Emergency First Aid at Work, First Aid at Work, Pool Plant Operations, the Award and Certificate in Swimming Teaching.

Industry Standards

  • National Occupational Standards C28
  • HSE publication Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG 179)
  • British Standard BS EN 15288 Part 2, Safety Requirements for Operations
  • Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015