The STA Pool Lifeguarding qualification has been designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that are needed to provide constant poolside supervision of a swimming pool and working within the leisure industry.
This course is ideal for learners who would like to work as a lifeguard in a swimming pool or leisure centre in a pool supervision capacity.
The course involves both a practical and theory examination and is valid for 3 years. Learners need to be 16 years old at the point of assessment and meet the pre-course requirements listed under entry requirements.
The STA Safety Award for Teachers qualification is designed to train anyone who teaches in a swimming pool or leisure Centre. This course includes the skills that a teacher will need to ensure a safe working environment. The course covers poolside safety, pool rescue, CPR techniques, first aid and dealing with poolside emergencies.
The course is traditionally delivered over 1 day with the constant assessment throughout the day and is ideal for anyone over the age of 14 years who may teach swimming, snorkel instructors, aqua aerobic instructors, school teachers and those who teach swimming. The STA Safety Award for Teachers qualification is a stand alone qualification and the next step you can take would be to become an STA Pool Lifeguard.
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres (anyone who cannot swim 25 metres must be capable of wading, and effecting a rescue, in a pool with a depth no greater that chest height). They must be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool.