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STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder

The STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder is a two-day lifesaving course for those who may be required to perform pool rescue techniques including basic spinal injury management, administer first aid or perform CPR in a poolside emergency. This qualification is a popular choice amongst hotels and leisure club facilities where it has been identified that constant lifeguard supervision is not required, however staff from other departments may be called upon to deal with poolside emergencies.

The Learner

The STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder gives learners the knowledge and skills to deal with poolside emergencies including pool rescue techniques, basic spinal injury management, first aid and resuscitation skills. Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners may provide safety cover for structured pool sessions, or alternatively they may not be based on poolside however must respond to poolside emergencies when required.

Who does this qualification appeal to?

Learners may complete this qualification as a stepping stone to a career in lifesaving, alternatively they may undertake this qualification to compliment another role.

STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder: Fitness instructor, receptionist, leisure assistant, student, swimming teacher, personal trainer, leisure duty manager, sports coach.

The Course

The course is comprised of a mixture of theoretical technical knowledge and practical poolside learning to enhance the learner experience. The skills covered include pool rescue techniques and administrating first aid/CPR.

The following unit is covered within this qualification:

  • Pool Emergency Responder


The STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder is tutor-assessed through the completion of:

  • Completion of a multiple-choice theory assessment paper
  • Practical demonstrations.


This course carries a 2-year validity period—learners are encouraged to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date through regular staff training.

The learner is required to complete a new STA Level 2 Award for Pool Emergency Responder course before the certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

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