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National Rescue Award for Swimming Teaches & Coaches - NRASTC Light Award

The RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society) are the leaders in water rescue and lifeguard/lifesaving qualifications. This well established and recognised lifesaving training course comes with an option of either a 1 day or 2 day programme. The 1 day course is more commonly known as "The National Rescue Award Light".

Which option you choose is based on a risk assessment and whether the person concerned requires to be first aid qualified (Emergency First Aid standard) as part of their poolside duties. Where independent lifeguard or first aid cover is not available on poolside then the 2 day course should be completed.

Also known as "The National Rescue Award  or Swimming Teachers Rescue Test" this training course is designed for teachers and coaches of swimming. This course covers the health & safety management of swimming lessons and includes lifesaving, pool safety theory & practice, first aid and resuscitation techniques.

Candidates must be 16 years of age or over, physically fit and be able to swim at least 20 metres on front and back. They must also be comfortable touching the pool floor and be able to climb out of the pool unaided.

Course Details:


This is a theoretical and practical course of training and assessment in lifesaving skills & knowledge that may be needed by anyone teaching or coaching swimming or responsible for programmed or structured activity in a pool. It is written by the Royal Life Saving Society and this award is also recognised in the HSE guidance 179, 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools' as being appropriate for those supervising swimming pool programmed activities.

Topics Covered

Section A - Theory

  • Risk Assessment and Pool Hazards
  • Pool Safety Operating Procedures
  • Class Management & Safety
  • Emergency Action & Response
  • Awareness of Suspected Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Drowning
  • Emergency First Aid - (2 day course only)

Section B - Life Support - Adult, Child & Infant

  • Primary Assessment 
  • Action for Vomiting
  • Recovery Position
  • Adult CPR 
  • Child CPR
  • Infant CPR
  • Use of face mask and protection during CPR

Section C - Water Rescue

  • Poolside Rescue
  • Water Rescue - Non contact and contact
  • In water rescue breathing
  • Recovery of a submerged pupil
  • Stabilisation of suspected spinal injury
  • Emergency Action Response
  • Personal protection procedures 


Section A is currently an oral assessment, for which several questions must be answered satisfactorily on each topic.

Sections B &  C are by practical assessment with the candidate being asked to demonstrate relevant skills. For this teachers will wear normal poolside teaching / coaching clothing (a minimum of swimwear, T-shirt and shorts / skirt).

Sections A, B and C are compulsory, but may be assessed on separate occasions providing the final assessment takes place within 28 days of the first.

The award is valid for 24 months.

Additional depth test - where a teacher requires endorsement for a deeper retrieval depth subsequent to the original assessment, any Independent NRASTC Trainer Assessor may record this on the candidates training records having witnessed a successful retrieval of a rescue manakin.


NRASTC - Full 

2 Day Course

       Course cost includes all materials,assessment fees and 2 year certification

NRASTC - Light

   1 Day Course

Per Delegate £175.00+vat Per Delegate  £140.00+vat
6 - 12 Delegates £160.00+vat 6 - 12 Delegates   £130.00+vat 

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