RLSS Emergency Response
(Swimming Pools and Hotels)


"Constant poolside supervision by lifeguards provides the best assurance of pool user's safety." 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools', HSG 179.

There is however a recognition that there are occasions where a decision may be taken that constant supervision is not necessary and that lifeguards are not required. In such circumstances, to effectively manage safety, a number of criteria must be met. It is suggested, in HSG 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 poolside supervision."

  • Following the completion of a risk assessment, where an operator subsequently concludes that constant poolside supervision is not required, there must be arrangements for the management of swimming and the response to a foreseeable emergency. There must include the provision of suitably trained staff who are able to respond to and effectively manage all aspects of a swimming pool emergency.
  • The Emergency Response Certificate (Swimming Pools) is a certificate of Water Rescue Competence for staff working in a facility where there is a swimming pool but where there is no direct poolside supervision. In addition, the qualification will apply where pool operators wish to provide a suitable programme of training and independent assessment for ancillary staff may act in support of the lifeguard team.
  • This training and assessment programme 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.

    Courses Content

    • Pool safety theory
    • Life support
    • Emergency first aid and management skills
    • Water rescue skills

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Contact Details

Contact: Mark Alderman
Address: 22 Spencer Drive,
Lee On Solent, Hampshire, PO13 8HG
Tel: 07887746367
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