Paragraph 193 of the HSE publication “Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools” states – Whenever the pool is in use, a member of staff will need to be designated as “on call” to respond immediately to the alarm and deal with any emergency. It is essential that such staff are trained in pool rescue, CPR techniques and first aid.

The Emergency Response (Pool) is designed to assist operators to meet these requirements. This 14 hour course is designed to train ancillary staff to back up and support the lifeguard team (if available) and staff to respond to an emergency.

In complying 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.

Risk Assessment

Pool operators MUST have undertaken a comprehensive risk assessment for the swimming facilities that has identified:

  • The nature of the hazards present.
  • The degree of risk associated with each hazard.
  • The existing control measures in place.
  • The additional control measures necessary to effectively reduce or eliminate risk.

If constant supervision is not provided as identified by the risk assessment process, pool operators must make arrangements for providing alarm systems to summon help and rescue equipment to assist in the immediate and early stages of the management of a casualty.

Pool operators

Your pool must have a comprehensive swimming safety policy and detailed pool safety operating procedures [PSOP] that identify the manner in which the pool operates on a day-to-day basis, the Normal Operating Plan [NOP], and the response to any foreseeable emergency [EAP]. We can also help put together EAPs and NOP’s to ensure your pool runs efficiently and in accordance with the HSE ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’. Please contact our RLSS TA for any more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Delivered by our RLSS Trainer Assessor the candidate must be of good swimming fitness,
  • Over 16 yrs old due to continuous assessment throughout the course
  • Able to pick a manikin up from the deepest part of the pool
  • Tread water for 1 minute


The Emergency Response Certificate (Swimming Pools) is valid for 24 months after successful course completion. Where it is necessary for holders to maintain evidence of competence, the certificate must be renewed within the validity period.

The pool operator will need to complete a site specific induction in line with the employer’s duty.


Candidates who show evidence of having completed ongoing training and competency based assessment throughout the qualification period, covering the full range of skills prior to undertaking a renewal programme may undertake a 7 hour refresher course. Throughout the course the TA must be assured that each candidate is suitably trained and is capable of demonstrating the practical skills and demonstrate an understanding of the full syllabus of skills. The TA can ask a number of oral questions of the candidates to test knowledge. This may be backed up with a review at the end of the 7 hours with a further set of face to face questions and demonstration of practical skills to confirm competence.

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