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National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)

Course dates are yet to be confirmed. Please register your interest by emailing

About the qualification

The NRASTC is a supervision and rescue qualification for teachers working on poolside or in the water during programmed activities, such as a swimming lesson. It is suitable for teachers working in a wide range of swimming pools, including pools where the water is deeper than the teacher's standing depth.

This qualification will not only train you to become a pool rescuer, but can also be a stepping stone into a career within the leisure industry.

Course details

The NRASTC course requires a minimum of 8 hours (1 day) of training and 100% attendance. In order to perform duties candidates must be physically fit, have good vision and hearing, be mentally alert and self-disciplined.

The course will be delivered using a variety of methods:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Flip chart exercises
  • Guided group discussions
  • Guided group activities
  • Practical demonstrations and training

The NRASTC certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful course completion.

The NRASTC covers all elements of pool rescue techniques, theory, first aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving into the deepest part of the pool. Approved prior learning can be applied upon proof of certification; ask your trainer for details.

You will be required to bring the following items:

  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Shorts and t-shirt to be worn in water
  • Pen/pencil

The day may include water work on more than one occasion and you may prefer to bring 2 sets of towels, shorts and t-shirts.

Course assessment

The NRASTC is assessed by an independent assessor upon completion of training. The assessment will include verbal question and answer sessions, practical demonstrations of water rescue skills, CPR and first aid.

Applicant criteria

All applicants must be 16 years or over on the start date of the course and be ASA Level 2 swimming teacher qualified. You must be able to:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out of pool unaided (without ladder/steps) where pool design permits

Course dates

Course dates are yet to be confirmed. Register your interest by emailing


The course costs £120 and must be paid for in full before it starts.

How to apply

To apply you must complete an application form and return it to the centre hosting the course.

Course bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.

NRASTC contact

Telephone: 020 3772 2999

Updated: 02 March 2022

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