STA Level 2 Award For Pool Emergency Responder


Designed to assist operators of small shallow ‘hotel’ type pools in meeting their legal responsibilities and for anyone who may assist a lifeguard team. This is not a lifeguard qualification, it is for those who need to respond to an emergency situation.

Qualification Objectives

The STA Pool Emergency Responder qualification is designed to train staff working in and around hotels and leisure clubs which traditionally have smaller pools which are shallower than 1.5m. It enables the holder to initiate the Emergency Action Plan, respond to a swimming pool incident, perform CPR, first aid, and aquatic rescue skills including basic spinal injury management.

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, where the swimming pool is not constantly supervised by qualified lifeguards. Further guidance may be taken from the Health and Safety Executives document ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’.


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 becoming a 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