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Learning celebrating success after completing STA open water safety course in Anglesey

STA Level 2 Award in Open Water Safety

Are you interested in providing water safety cover at an open water venue or session? We have courses running throughout the year, taking place either in our online classroom or in person at one of several locations across the UK. 

Open Water is the fastest growing swimming activity within the UK and many more people are taking part in open water swimming events. 


As an open water safety award holder, you will be able to work in a variety of open water environments and provide safety cover for open water swimmers.


You will be responsible for ensuring the safety of your swimmers in the open water environment as well ensuring the equipment used is safe and fit for purpose.

On the STA Open Water Safety course you will learn the skills to assess an open water site, minimise the risks, perform in water rescues, provide basic first aid and resuscitation. 

This course will last for 2 years!

 Our Locations and Dates 

Open Water Safety Course Dates
Swimmer being rescued from a Scottish loch

In Person Learning Dates:

12th + 13th April 2024 - Fully Booked

Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore

Cost: £280 - Includes all learning materials for the course*

More course dates COMING SOON

Pre-Course Requirements:

To take the Open Water Safety course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years old

  • Be a competent open water swimmer (eg. be able to swim continuously for 10 minutes) 

  • Be able to submerge / surface dive under the water in open water

Aviemore, Scottish Highlands

More Information:

In Person Learning: You will complete two full days in person around Aviemore and the Moray Coast. The course is delivered via classroom workshops, practical activities. Each day of the course will have in water practical elements and you will be visiting open water venues offsite.

Assessment: The course is tutor assessed throughout. To pass the course you are required participate in discussions and activities, complete and submit a site risk assessment and finally undertake a short multiple choice question paper. 

Courses typically start at 09:00am and finish at 6:00pm - this will be confirmed during booking. Your course tutor will ensure you have all the learning materials you need during your course.

 After Your Course: 

Open water rescuer standing by the side of a Scottish loch wearing neon green t-shirt with a yellow torpedo buoy over shoulders

Upon completion of your Level 2 Open Water Safety Course you will be equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about managing safety around open water environments.   

As an open water safety person you will be able to oversea safer activities at open water locations.  You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform effective emergency response and carry out casualty care and management.  

Two swimmers wearing black wetsuits climbing steps on to a Scottish beach with yellow torpedo buoys over shoulders

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