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STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding

The STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding is a five-day lifesaving course for those who may be required to perform pool rescue techniques including spinal injury management, administering first aid or performing CPR in a poolside emergency. This qualification may be a mandatory requirement for swimming pools where it has been identified that constant poolside supervision is required in order to meet their heath and safety responsibilities.

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The Learner

The STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide constant poolside supervision of a swimming pool and deal with poolside emergencies as required. Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners may work in a pool lifeguard role.

Who does this qualification appeal to?

Learners may complete this qualification to work specifically as a pool lifeguard, alternatively they may undertake this qualification to compliment another role.

STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding: Swim club swimmer, personal trainer, leisure assistant, student, swimming teacher, sports coach, leisure duty manager, fitness instructor.

The Course

The course is comprised of a mixture of theoretical technical knowledge, practical dry side first aid training and practical poolside learning. The skills covered include pool rescue techniques and administering first aid/CPR.

The following units are covered within this qualification:

  • Understanding the Role of a Pool Lifeguard
  • Understand the Health and Safety Requirements for a Swimming Pool Environment
  • Understand the Practical Application of First Aid and Basic Life Support
  • Understanding and Practical Application of Pool Rescue Skills


The STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding is tutor-assessed through the completion of:

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

On the final day, the learners will complete an external assessment during which the assessor will assess a range of practical poolside rescue skills, timed swims, first aid and CPR.


This course carries a 3-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 minimum of 24 hours across the 3-year period to be eligible to take a Pool Lifeguarding revalidation assessment. Learners must successfully complete the revalidation assessment before their certificate expiry date to remain qualified.

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