STA launches new open water rescue qualification

STA, the swimming teaching and lifesaving organisation, has launched a new rescue qualification aimed at keeping swimmers safe in open water. The qualification is targeted at leisure swimmers as well as those providing safety cover at events.

The STA Level 2 Award in Open Water Safety is a three-day course (two-day for those already trained in first aid, one-day for qualified pool lifeguards) and candidates can choose either a coastal or inland open water option. It is designed to appeal to anyone who looks after competent swimmers in open water, including leisure swimmers, open water coaches and organisers of events. Candidates must also be competent open water swimmers.
“There has been a huge growth in open swimming in the UK over the past few years,” says Garry Seghers, qualifications development manager at STA. “By understanding the dangers, being mindful of the problems that can occur and being precautious, there is no reason why more of us cannot enjoy safe swimming in rivers, lakes and the sea.”
The course covers administering first aid, how to supervise open water swimming activities, how to carry out open water emergency procedures, administering basic life support for drowning, open water rescue skills and responding to a simulated open water emergency situation. The qualification is tutor assessed and candidates must complete written and practical assessments.
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