Are you an overseas swimming teacher or teaching assistant who requires lifesaving skills as part of your role?
Learn more about pool rescue skills, CPR techniques and aquatic first aid so you can act as a rescuer in an aquatic teaching environment.
The STA’s International Lifesaving Course for Swimming Teachers trains learners to act as a rescuer who have completed training in pool rescue skills and CPR techniques. Learners should be deemed competent in dealing with poolside emergencies.
Tutor this Course
In order to apply for international tutor status, applicants will need to complete the STA International Course Tutor Application Form, be occupationally competent and have practical experience in the course they are applying to tutor.
In order for a status to be granted, applicants must:
- Be a member of STA
- Hold the accepted end user qualification in the tutor status being applied for:
- STA Certificate in Teaching Swimming (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Pool Lifeguarding (or accepted equivalent)
- STA Award in Safety Award for Teachers (or accepted equivalent).
- Provide evidence of experience within tutor status being applied for:
- Provide a witness statement of practical teaching hours for non-swimmers through to advanced swimmers
- Provide a witness statement of practical teaching hours for baby and pre-school swimming lessons
- Provide a witness statement of acting / working as a pool lifeguard.
Tutors are required to submit a 1 hour video of delivery on their first course. The video will be moderated by the STA to ensure all procedures and expectations are met. STA reserves the right to remove any tutor status if procedures or standards are not fulfilled.
Upon approval, applicants will be set up to register and administrate unregulated courses via STA Online, with full guidance detailing the process.
Applicants must ensure they have the most up to date international course e-manual(s), available to purchase from the STA Swim-Shop.
Email the completed application form, copies of relevant qualification certificates and evidence of experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learners are required to undertake CPR and First Aid techniques as well as pool rescue skills throughout the course.
On successful completion of the course, learners will be issued with a STA International Lifesaving Course for Swimming Teachers Certificate.
On successful completion of the course, learners will:
- Be able to turn an unconscious casualty from prone to supine
- Be able to perform the action for vomit and place the casualty in the recovery position and provide aftercare
- Be able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation for an adult sudden collapse casualty, drowning casualty, child and infant casualty
- Be able to perform poolside rescue skills
- Be able to perform in water rescue skills including retrieval of a submersible manikin from the deepest part of the pool and team lift out
- Be able to perform suspected spinal cord injury rescue and stabilisation in shallow water.
- Be 14 years old at the time of the assessment
- Be able to swim 25 metres (learners who cannot swim 25 metres must be able to demonstrate the ability to wade, and affect a rescue, in a pool no greater than chest depth)
- Be able to recover a submersible manikin from the pool floor.
- Learners will be assessed on their theoretical knowledge, CPR skills and pool rescue skills
- Learners must correctly answer 7 out of 10 verbal questions
- In addition to this, learners are required to undertake a CPR assessment and pool rescue skills assessment on the final day of the course.