STA Level 2 Award For Pool Emergency Responder


This is not designed to be a lifeguard qualification, but is designed to assist operators of small shallow ‘hotel’ type pools in meeting their legal responsibilities and for anyone who may assist a lifeguard team.

Qualification Objectives

The STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder qualification is designed to train learners in pool rescue, CPR techniques and first aid competencies in order to deal with poolside emergencies.

Employers may use our Pool Emergency Responder qualification to meet their Health and Safety responsibilities.

Target Learners

Anyone over the age of 16 years who’s duties include responding to a poolside emergency including fitness or hotel type pools that are traditionally smaller than a regular pool, 1.5m deep and below 170 square metres. Further guidance may be taken from the Health and Safety Executives document ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’.

Anyone who needs to support a lifeguard team may also take the Pool Emergency Responder course.


The STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder qualification is a stand alone qualification. The next course you can take would be to become an STA Pool Lifeguard and progress onto an STA Lifesaving Tutor.

Pool Emergency Responders can progress their career within the leisure industry by becoming a gym instructor, swimming instructor or duty manager at sites that range from a single pool up to a large leisure type pool.

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