National Rescue Awards for Swimming Teachers and Coaches


The NRASTC is a supervision and rescue qualification for teachers working on the poolside or in the water during programmed activities, such as a swimming lesson. This is not a Lifeguard qualification.

The qualification is endorsed by the ASA, the Institute of Swimming Teachers and Coaches and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and recognised in ‘Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools’ as being appropriate for those supervising programmed activities.


Pre Requisites

Candidates must be aged 16 years or older at the time of the assessment (usually the second day of the course) and be able to:

  • Swim 50 metres
  • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool (where the course takes place) and climb out without help and without using steps or ladders


Training and assessment for the NRASTC is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the award.

Section 1 – The teacher, swimming pool and class management

Section 2 – Intervention, rescue and emergency action

Section 3 – CPR and first aid

The course will include an oral theory test and practical assessments conducted by an independent assessor. The assessment will take up to an hour in addition the course duration (below)

New candidates a minimum of 16 hours.


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