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National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)


NRASTC is a supervision and rescue award for swimming teachers, coaches and (or) instructors working during programmed activities, such as swimming lessons. It is suitable for teachers working in a wide range of swimming pools where the water depth is higher than the teachers’ standing depth and meets the individual facility’s Risk Assessment.

If the facility has qualified lifeguards or first-aiders - available to respond quickly to a swimming teacher or coach in an emergency, you could consider a NRASTC LIGHT qualification – click here for more information. 


The NRASTC course is open to anyone who is 16-years-of-age or older at the date of the assessment and able to:

  • Swim a minimum of 50 metres on your front and back

  • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool

  • Climb out unaided without using steps or ladders (where venue design permits).

Course Content

The NRASTC course is 14 hours and deliverable in two days.

Topics covered during the course include:

  • The teacher, swimming pool, and class management

  •  Intervention rescue

  • Emergency action

  • CPR and First Aid

The Assessment

To achieve the NRASTC certificate, candidates must pass a formal assessment at the end of the course, where trainees demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned in the form of a theory and practical test.

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