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We would like to reassure all attendees that we take the COVID-19 infection outbreak very seriously and have highlighted the measures we have in place in order to maintain the continued safety and welfare for all of our participants who train with us.

Bookings are now being taken as normal (with places filling quickly!) for all planned Lifeguard courses throughout 2022. These are listed on our course dates page. Book Your course place now as the  Leisure Centres slowly start to return in the weeks ahead. Fully refundable if the course is cancelled due to Covid-19.

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  • Tony Lockyer is a great tutor - have done the course with other providers but would never train with a different company again - much more interesting than other trainers - makes a hard week's work a pleasure. Thanks ever so much.

    Ben Jones - (Lifeguard Course - 2021)

  • Thank you for making the course syllabus relevant to my staff. Ray and Tony made the course lively, fun and engaging throughout.


  • This course was a life changer for me because it will help me so much in the future with my career prospects. Also i must say i think we had the best trainer ever.

    Annabelle Deann-Valentine (Lifeguard course )

  • Amazing course with quality training. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable training with humour with a training style that catered for all. Well done guys

    The best course ever!

    Richard Lloyd 

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    Mr Stuart Fox (Lifeguard course)

  • Tony was an excellent trainer - I felt totally confident in his knowledge, ability and genuine desire for course candidates success.

    Emily Ravenhill - (Lifeguard course)

  • Ray Venner helped me throughout in a calm, professional & friendly way - Thanks for all your hard work and all you have done for me this week. Hard work but very worthwhile.

    Ben Lunnis - (Lifeguard Course)

  • Ray was really in touch with those in the group and made it an easy relaxed environment to learn. Tony was also great teacher and very informative. 

    Leo Hart - (Lifeguard course)

  • First Class First Aid made it easy from the start. We just chose a date and a venue and they turned up and delivered an excellent quality course for a fraction of the cost of our previous providers. Thanks for making it all so painless for us - We still use him 10 years later! Consistent, reliable and high quality but most of all personable.

    Human Resources - Home Grown Hotels 

RLSS Emergency Response Swimming Pool 4th Edition

"Constant Pool supervision by lifeguards provides the best assurance of pool user's safety." Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools, HSE guidance 179.

There is however, a recognition that there are occasions where a decision may be taken where constant supervision is not necessary and that lifeguards are not required. In such circumstances to effectively manage safety, a number of criteria must be complied with. It is suggested in HSG (Health & Safety Guidance) 179, that "the risk assessment may determine circumstances where the balance of cost and risk makes it possible to provide a safe swimming environment without constant pool supervision."

Following a completion of a risk assessment, where the pool operator subsequently concludes that constant pool supervision is not required, there must be arrangements in place to deal with the management of swimming and the response to a foreseeable emergency. This must include the provision of suitably trained pool responders who have attended a recognised pool responder course in order so that staff who are able to respond and effectively manage all aspects of such should the need arise. 

This Pool Responder training and assessment program is endorsed by the Royal Life Saving Society UK and is intended to support safer swimming at small, shallow pools such as those typically found at many hotels, leisure clubs, holiday parks, private fitness facilities and other similar establishments.

The Emergency Responder course program is open to all candidates who are over 16 at the start of training. Trainees must be able to swim 25 metres on front and back, be able to submerge to a depth not greater than 1.5 metres from the surface and be able to climb out of the pool unaided and without using steps and ladders.

Training courses are of at least 14 hours contact teaching time.

Course Details:


The RLSS Emergency Response Certificate 4th edition (Swimming Pools) is a Certificate of Water Rescue Competence for staff working in a facility where there is a swimming pool but where "continuous poolside supervision by lifeguards" is not required. In addition the qualification will apply where pool operators wish to provide a suitable programme of training and assessment for ancillary staff who may act in support of the lifeguard team.

Topics Covered

Pool Safety Theory

  • To include the principles of accident prevention, casualty identification, principles of rescue, spinal cord injury management (SCIM), cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and first aid.

Practical Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

  • Adult, child and infant basic life support to include the use of a pocket mask as a barrier method of resuscitation.

Practical Emergency First Aid

  • Choking, bleeding, broken bones, bites, burns, stings, shock, heart attack, epilepsy, asthma and diabetes.

Practical Rescue Skills

  • To include pool rescue skills, SCIM and incident management (for developing rescue skills within simulated emergency conditions)


Ongoing assessment is  conducted by the trainer  throughout the course to include verification of theoretical knowledge and the application of practical skills included within the training program. This is recorded as evidence in the candidates training manual 

The RLSS Emergency Response Certificate 4th Edition (Swimming Pools) is valid for 24 months.

(The Emergency Response Certificate is NOT a lifeguard qualification)


Per person on our arranged courses £190.00+vat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Costs include all PPE, bandaging pack, face shield, pen, personal reference manual, assessment & Emergency Responder certification fees for each candidate.

On site course arranged for up to 6 persons


On site course arranged for up to 8 persons £1260.00+vat
On site course arranged for up to 12 persons £1580.00+vat

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