Emergency Response (Swimming Pools)
The Emergency Response Pool course is designed to help pool operators meet Health and Safety requirements, as set out by 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools' (HSG 179), by training staff to respond to an emergency situation. It is also designed to train ancillary staff (gym instructors, reception team, etc.) to back up and support the lifeguard team in emergency situations.
Paragraph 113 of HSG 179 states that
“When the pool is in use, there must be a safe system of work to identify a person in difficulty and ensure that a rescue can be performed. For example, in the absence of lifeguards there should be designated ‘on-call’ competent staff, to respond immediately to deal with any emergency. They should be suitably trained and capable of reaching the poolside in time to perform a rescue and provide emergency first aid if the alarm is raised.”
This qualification is designed for hotels, health clubs, schools, etc. where lifeguards may not be provided and the depth of pool is less than 1.5m. However, pool operators should consider their supervision requirements as constant poolside supervision by lifeguards provides the best assurance of pool users safety.
For guidance on continuous or occasional supervision requirements, please refer to figure 3 (pg. 66) of ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’.
For more information on lifeguard qualifications, please see the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.
What will you cover?
The Emergency Response Pool course is broken down into 3 sections:
- The emergency responder’s role, Pool Safety Operating Procedures, types of pools & swimmer safety information
- Responding to an emergency and the Emergency Action Plan
- CPR and First Aid
Assessment & Certificate
The assessment takes place continually over the course and determines your knowledge, skills and understanding of working within a pool environment and managing and treating a variety of injuries and illnesses.
The qualification is valid for two years from the date of assessment. To renew this qualification you should be assessed against all of the same learning outcomes and assessment criteria, which is achieved by attending the course again.