If you want to work in a safe, enjoyable and rewarding environment, you could work in a leisure facility or health club as a lifeguard.
You could be a keen swimmer or local swim school volunteer, or perhaps you work in a gym that has a swimming pool; many people who have a career within leisure begin as lifesavers, then move their way upwards through the industry developing their skills with further training.
The STA’s International Pool Lifeguard course trains learners in pool rescue skills, CPR techniques, first aid and 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 Pool Lifeguard Certificate.
On successful completion of the course, learners will:
- Be able to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation for an adult sudden collapse casualty, drowning casualty, child and infant casualty
- Be able to perform first aid for an unconscious casualty including the recovery position and aftercare
- Be able to administer first aid for a range of conditions / injures including choking, bleeding, burns, muscle and bone injuries as well as medical conditions
- 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 rescues in deep and shallow water
- Be able to respond to and manage an emergency situation
- Understand the role of a pool lifeguard
- Understand how to supervise the aquatic environment
- Understand how to use equipment effectively.
- Be 16 years old at the time of the assessment
- Be able to swim 100 metres on their front and 100 metres on their back competently
- Be able to surface dive down to the deepest part of the pool floor.
- Learners will be assessed on their theoretical knowledge, CPR skills, first aid 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.