National Rescue Award for Swimming teachers and coaches(NRASTC)

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. 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.

A 14 hour course, also known as "The National Rescue Award  or Swimming Teachers Rescue Test" and is designed for teachers and coaches of swimming. This course covers the Health & Safety Management of swimming lessons and includes lifesaving, first aid and resuscitation techniques.

Candidates must be 16 years of age or over and be able to swim 20 metres on the front and 20 metres on the back.

Course Details:

Section A - Theory

  • Risk Assessment and Pool Hazards

  • Pool Safety Operating Procedures

  • Class Management & Safety

  • Emergency Action / Response / First Aid

  • Awareness of Suspected Spinal Cord Injury Management

Section B - Life Support - Adult and Child

  • Initial Assessment

  • Action for Vomiting

  • Recovery Position

  • Adult CPR

  • Child CPR

Section C - Water Rescue

  • Poolside Rescue

  • Water Rescue - Non Contact and Contact

  • Rescue Breathing in Water

  • Recovery of a submerged pupil

  • Stabilisation of suspected spinal injury

  • Emergency Action

Section D - Life Support - Baby (Optional Endorsement)

  • Baby CPR


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

Sections B, C and D 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.