NRASTC

National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)

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. 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.

Section New candidate (hours) Renewal candidate (hours)
1 – The Teacher, swimming pool and class management 4 2
2 – Intervention rescue and emergency action 4 2
3 – CPR and first aid 6 2
Assessment 2 2
Total 16 8

When Emergency First Aid at Work and AED training are integrated with this course the training hours are extended.

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ATSPRA

Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award (NRASTC)

The ATSPRA is a supervision and rescue qualification for therapists, teachers and support staff working on the poolside or in the water during activities such as, aquatic therapy or therapeutic exercise/play. The qualification is suitable for use in shallow pools where the rescuer will not be required to swim to perform a rescue, with water no deeper than the rescuers chest depth.

Section New candidate (hours)
1 – The Teacher/therapist, risk assessment and pool safety 3
2 – Intervention, rescue and emergency action 3+
Assessment 1
Total 7+
   
Optional Section  
3 – CPR and first aid 6
Assessment 1
Total 7

When Emergency First Aid at Work and AED training are integrated with this course the training hours are extended.

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Emergency response certificate (pool)

Emergency response certificate (pool)

This training and assessment programme is intended to support safer swimming at small and shallow pools such as those typically found at many hotels, leisure clubs, holiday parks, private fitness facilities and other similar establishments.

Anyone who works in a facility where there is a swimming pool with no direct supervision. This training is intended to support safer swimming at small and shallow pools (less than 170m² and not deeper than 1.5m) such as typically found at some hotels, leisure clubs or private facilities. It is also useful for ancillary staff, such as pool attendants and service staff, who may act as support to the lifeguard team. This course is NOT a lifeguard qualification.
Students gain basic skills and knowledge to deal with emergencies that may occur at the pool site or in a small pool. They will gain confidence to use these skills through practical application on themselves, manikin and in the pool.
  • Rescue techniques
  • Use of rescue equipment
  • Casualty recognition
  • 
Rescue and treatment of an unconscious casualty
  • Pool Hazards and risk assessments
  • Accident prevention and pool safety
  • Systems of work and communication
  • Spinal injury stabilisation
  • First Aid
• Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (adults, children and babies)
  • Use of pocket mask
  • 2-operator-CPR
  • Legislation and Standard Operating Procedures
3 days in total. 8 hours per day. 3rd day is assessment day.

Continuous assessment during the course plus a final independent assessment (practical and oral) where candidates must show competence in applying skills promptly, safely and effectively. There is no written exam.

Internationally recognised Emergency Response Certificate (Swimming Pools) from Royal Life Saving Society UK, valid for 2 years.
Participants should have Basic English skills and good swimming abilities. They must be able to swim 25m continuously on their front and on their back and be able to dive to the floor of the pool (max.1.5m). Minimum age: 16 years.

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