How Will the Qualification Benefit Your Business?

Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools states: 

“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.” Paragraph 113 of the HSE publication

The Emergency Response Pool Programme (ER-Pool) is designed to assist designated staff to respond to an emergency within the swimming pool environment when the alarm has been raised. The Emergency Responder can be any member of the facility called upon to rescue and provide first aid.

The ER-Pool programme is designed for use in small pools no greater than 1.5m in depth such as a health club or hotel pool.

For pools that require direct supervision on poolside and for larger pools, the RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification would be more suitable.

Who Can Complete ER Pool Training?

Any staff employed at the venue, e.g.

  • Receptionists
  • Chefs
  • Waiting staff
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance staff
  • Duty Managers
  • Gym staff

What Does ER Pool Involve?

A two-day course which will give your employees knowledge and practical training to:

  • Rescue a casualty in the event of being alerted to an emergency
  • Recover a casualty to poolside
  • Perform vital First Aid, including CPR and AED

The trainer can also award a regulated Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work qualification and regulated Level 2 Automated External Defibrillator qualification (AED).


The ER Pool qualification is valid for two years following successful completion.

What are the pre-requisites?

  • Be able to surface dive to the deepest part of the pool and climb out without help and without using steps or ladders (where venue design permits)
  • Be aged 16 or older at the beginning of the course

How much does it cost?

Prices vary according to the modules taken – to find out if you qualify for our special offer, please contact [email protected] or call us on 0300 3230 096.


How to Become an ER Pool Trainer Assessor?

If you are already a fully qualified RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification Trainer Assessor, simply complete the online update via your RLSS Direct account. If not please contact us by completing the the below online enquiry form.

Emergency Response Pool online enquiry form