Pool Responder

The Pool Responder qualification is designed to train candidates in pool rescue, CPR techniques and first aid competencies in order to deal with poolside emergencies in accordance with the National Occupational Standards and the HSE publication Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools and British Standard BS EN 15288 Part 2, Safety Requirements for Operations.

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Available Regulators

Qualification Number: 600/2400/8
Title: STA Level 2 Award for Pool Responder (QCF)
Credit Value: 2 Credits


Qualification Number: R243 04
Title: STA Professional Award for Pool Responder at SCQF Level 7
Credit Value: 2 Credits

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • 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

14 Recommended Guided Learning Hours

Course Information

This qualification covers:

  • Understanding the Pool Safety Operating Procedures
  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a pool responder and first aider
  • Knowing how to assess an incident
  • Knowing how to administer basic life support in a swimming pool environment
  • Being able to manage unresponsive casualties who are breathing normally and not normally
  • Being able to assist a casualty who is choking
  • Understanding basic first aid procedures
  • Being able to perform basic rescue skills, and manage a wounded and bleeding casualty
  • Knowing how to respond to a pool emergency situation and simulated pool emergencies
  • Understanding the differences in dealing with different kinds of casualties
  • Understanding recording, reporting and analysing pool emergency and first aid situations
Mandatory Units
  • Carry Out Pool Emergency and First Aid Procedures
Additional Units

This qualification can be registered with the following additional units:

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 cardiopulmonary resuscitation, its preparatory actions and aftercare
  • Complete a 25 question multiple-choice paper with a unit pass mark of 18/25