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STA Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding


  • The STA Pool Lifeguarding qualification is desgined to train learners in pool resuce, CPR techniques, first aid and dealing with poolside emergencies in accordance with National Occupational Standards

The Course is designed for:

  • Learners who would like to work as a lifeguard in a swimming pool or leisure centre in a pool supervision capacity

Pre Requisites:

  • 16 years of age or older at the point of assessment

  • Be able to jump into deep water

  • Be able to swim 50m in under 1 minute

  • Be able to swim 100m on the front and 100m on the back without stopping

  • Be able to tread water for 30 seconds in deep water

  • Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool

  • Be able to climb out of the pool unaided without the use of steps or ladders  

Validity of Award

  • 36 Months from date of assessment

  • To revalidate the qualification learners will need to:

  • Hold an indate STA Pool Lifeguard qualification

  • Have their own STA Pool Lifeguard resource manual

  • Have a minmum of 24 hours training hours within the last 36 months covering the pool lifeguard syllabus

  • Complete the learner portfolio

  • Have an STA lifesaving tutor review of all the above before undertaking the external practical assessment and theory multi choice assessment paper

Assessment Methods 

  • Tutor assessed through revision sheets + practical demonstrations of CPR, pool rescue skills and first aid skills.

  • There is a theory multiple-choice assessment paper on the final day of the course

  • In addition to this, there is an external assessment on the final day of the course on; Practical demonstration of CPR on an adult casualty, drowning casualty, child casualty and infant casualty and practical demonstration of pool rescue skills

  • All practical elements must be completed and performed independently by the learner without prompting

Assessment Format  

  • Pass/Fail



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