The Emergency Response Pool qualification is designed to assist operators to meet these requirements. The Emergency Response Programme is also designed to train staff to back up and support the lifeguard team (if available) and staff to respond to an emergency. To comply with the HSE publication ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’, pool operators are strongly recommended to refer to figure 3 on page 66, to determine if continuous or occasional poolside supervision is required.
“Constant poolside supervision by lifeguards provides the best assurance of pool user’s safety.”
‘MANAGING HEALTH AND SAFETY IN SWIMMING POOLS’, HSG 179
The Emergency Response Pool programme (ER Pool)
The ER-Pool is a responder qualification designed to train staff to respond to a swimming pool emergency once the alarm has been raised.
ER Pool is designed for small pools no greater than 1.5m in depth such as health club or hotel pool.
This qualification is an ideal skill for those working within the leisure and hospitality industry including Fitness Instructors, Catering Staff, Receptionists and Engineers.
By the end of the course candidates will understand their roles in responding and rescue.
They will know their responsibilities, the importance of maintaining standards, employer’s role and the uniform and equipment requirements.
First Aid training including CPR and life-saving skills
Level 1 equivalent qualification
Emergency Response Pool certificate upon successful completion
Theoretical classroom work
Practical in-water & out-of-water assessment on pool rescue
The Emergency Response qualification & course is provided by RLSS UK, the content is split over 4 areas which include:
During this 2-day course we will cover:
Cost & Identification
For identification purposes we require that all candidates bring photo ID with them. The cost includes all course materials, examination and your certificate from the RLSS. Costing will depend on the venue and numbers £85 - £150.
Location & Times
Will depend on the Venue of the course.
Sessions are split between classroom and pool location in the venue of the course. The course is 2 days long and runs from 8:45am - 4:30pm. There will be regular 15 minute breaks at the instructor’s discretion plus 1 hour for lunch. we recommend candidates bring a packed lunch.
As part of the course you will be provided with your own copy of The Emergency Response Pool Programme (4th Edition) as reference material for the classroom sessions. It is essential however that you make notes to compliment this resource and as such you must bring a notepad and pen with you.
What to Wear
For classroom sessions there will be a practical element to the training so please wear clothes that you will be comfortable rolling around on the floor in as part of the first aid and CPR training. For work in the pool you will need to bring a swimming costume plus a t shirt and shorts that you are comfortable swimming in (you may also wear goggles).