Life saving courses:




Qualification Number: 600/2965/1

Title: STA Level 2 Award for Pool Lifeguard

Credit Value: 5 Credits



Qualification Number: R244 04

Title: STA Professional Award for Pool Lifeguard at SCQF Level 7

Credit Value: 5 Credits


  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be able to swim 100 metres on the front and 100 metres on the back without stopping
  • Be able to swim 50 metres in under 1 minute
  • Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool

Validity of Award:

This qualification is valid for 2 years.

Length of Course:

44 Notional Guided Learning Hours:


  • 34 Recommended Guided Learning Hours
  • 10 Non-Contact Guided Learning Hours

Course Information:

This qualification covers:


  • Knowing how to prepare and maintain a healthy and safe pool environment
  • Knowing how to carry out pool emergency procedures and basic rescue skills
  • Knowing how to observe activities carefully and continuously while supervising the pool
  • Knowing how to give customers information and help
  • Understanding the need to educate customers on how to use the pool safely
  • Knowing how to identify and deal with any potential hazards promptly and safely while the pool is in use
  • Giving information and help with effective communication with customers and colleagues
  • Understanding the Pool Safety Operating Procedures
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a pool responder and first aider
  • Understanding basic first aid procedures for injuries sustained in an aquatic environment
  • Knowing how to respond to a pool emergency situation and administer basic life support
  • Understanding the differences when dealing with various kinds of casualties
  • Being able to respond to simulated pool emergencies
  • Understanding the important of recording, reporting and analysing pool emergency and first aid situations

Mandatory Units:

  • Understand How to Prepare and Maintain a Healthy and Safe Pool Environment
  • Understand How to Supervise Pool Activities
  • Carry Out Pool Lifeguard Emergency and First Aid Procedures

Optional Units:

This qualification contains 1 optional unit:


  • Backboard Application Within Leisure Facilities

Assessment Criteria:

  • Complete a portfolio and worksheet questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out rescue activities in a safe, effective and prompt manner
  • Demonstrate CPR on a sudden collapse, cardiac, baby or child casualty in a safe, prompt and effective manner
  • Demonstrate the management of an unconscious casualty, including primary survey and recovery position, in a safe, prompt and effective manner
  • Complete a 30 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 22/30