NRASTC LIGHT is a supervision and rescue award for swimming teachers, coaches and/or instructors working during programmed activities, such as swimming lessons when a Lifeguard or First Aid backup is available to respond quickly in the event of an emergency.

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. This award is only suitable when the facility has staff qualified as Lifeguards or First Aiders that are available to respond quickly to a swimming teacher or coach in the event of an emergency.

If Lifeguard or First Aid backup is not available the standard NRASTC should be used. Click here to find out more about the NRASTC course.


NRASTC LIGHT candidates must meet the following criterion:

  • Must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment
  • Be able to meet the following criteria prior to the course:
    • Swim 50m
    • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
    • Climb out without help and without using steps or ladders
  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours
  • Successfully complete the course assessment

Course Content

The NRASTC LIGHT course is 6 hours plus assessment and is deliverable in one day.

Topics covered during the course include:

  • The teacher, swimming pool, and class management
    • Intervention rescue
    • Emergency action
    • CPR and drowning/effects of drowning

For more information, email [email protected] or call us on 0300 323 0096.

The Assessment

To achieve the NRASTC LIGHT 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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Book a NRASTC LIGHT Course

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Become a NRASTC LIGHT Tutor

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Next Steps

After completing the NRASTC LIGHT qualification, the next step is to complete the RLSS UK NRASTC qualification or lifeguard qualifications, including the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) or Open Water Lifeguard (OWL) qualification. You can find information on all the courses we offer by clicking here. 

Other Qualifications 

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Click here to learn more about our Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award (ATSPRA)

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