The Emergency Response Pool Programme

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

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

About this course:

The Emergency Response Pool Programme (ER-Pool) is designed for those who have a responsibility 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.

ER-Pool is also a suitable qualification for staff required to back up and support the lifeguard team

Course Content:

Section 1

  • The Emergency Responder’s Role, Pool Safety Operating Procedures, Types of Pools and Swimmer Safety Information

Section 2

  • Responding to an Emergency and the Emergency Action Plan

Section 3

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Optional elements AED and/or Pool Extraction Board (PXB) can be included.

Training Hours: 13 – 17 hours dependant on qualification options


To gain the ER-Pool qualification candidates must:

• Be aged 16 or older at the beginning of the course

• Complete at least the minimum training hours for the course; and

• Successfully complete the course assessment

• Swim a minimum of 25m on their front and back

• Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool; and climb out without help and without using steps or ladders (where venue design permits)


This qualification is trainer assessed and comprises of first aid, CPR and wet side practical and verbal questions to check understanding, all criteria must be passed for the qualification to be awarded.

No goggles can be worn during assessment of the qualification

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