Training courses

We run a variety of training courses throughout the year, ranging from first aid to STA lifeguard qualifications.

Available courses

STA Pool Lifeguarding Qualification 4 - 8 April 2022


Monday 4 – Friday 8 April 2022


University of Stirling Sport, Stirling, FK9 4LA


Stirling students: £225
Non-students: £250

About the course

The STA Pool Lifeguarding qualification is designed to train learners in pool rescue, CPR techniques, first aid and dealing with poolside emergencies in accordance with National Occupational Standards, Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools, British Standard BS EN 15288 Part 2 Safety Requirements for Operations, and the CIMSPA Employer Led Professional Standards – Pool Lifeguard.

The course is aimed at learners who would like to work as a lifeguard in a swimming pool or leisure centre in a pool supervision capacity. Learners need to be 16 years old at the point of assessment and meet the pre-course requirements listed under entry requirements.

Entry requirements

  • Be 16 years, or older, at the point of assessment
  • Be able to jump into deep water
  • Be able to swim 50 metres in under 1 minute
  • Be able to swim 100 metres on the front and 100 metres on the back without stopping
  • Be able to tread water for 30 seconds in deep water
  • Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool
  • Be able to climb out of the pool unaided without the use of steps or ladders

Full details of the qualification specification can be found on the STA website.

Please direct any enquiries to our Sport Duty Officers via or 01786 466900.

Book your place

Select the appropriate link to book your place on the course.

Students and staff - you must use your University email to sign in and reset password if signing in for first time. Search for the course by date.

Community - you must create a Pay as You Go account if you're not an existing Sports Centre member by selecting "create account now". Search for the course by date.

Scottish Swim Teaching Qualification 28 May – 19 June 2022

About the course

The Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification (SSTQ) is the industry standard for those who wish to teach unsupervised to groups of swimmers with a range of abilities and is essential for seeking employment as a swimming teacher. This qualification is achieved from a practically based course and will allow you to gain the necessary skills and experience prior to progressing to an aquatics working environment. It will support your ongoing learning and development ensuring that you are fully prepared to deliver high quality lessons. This qualification sits on the Scottish Qualifications and Credit Framework (SQCF Level 7).

You must be a Scottish Swimming member before booking. If you are not already, you can join by visiting the Scottish Swimming website. Select online membership, register, then add UKCC Trainee membership.


28 May  9am – 2pm Virtual
29 May  9am – 5pm University of Stirling 
1 June  3.30pm – 7.30pm University of Stirling 
4 June  9am – 2pm  Virtual
5 June  9am – 5pm  University of Stirling 
8 June  3.30pm – 7.30pm  University of Stirling 
11 June  9am – 2pm Virtual
12 June  9am – 5pm  University of Stirling 
15 June  3.30pm – 7.30pm  University of Stirling 
18 June 9am – 2pm Virtual
19 June 9am – 5pm University of Stirling




Sportscotland subsidy is available for SSTQ courses (£100). Candidates are required to apply directly to Scottish Swimming by submitting a SSTQ Subsidy form to prior to the first day of the course. Go to the Scottish Swimming website for further details.

Book your place

Book your place on the course on the Scottish Swimming website.

Please direct course queries to or 01786 466904.