About National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC)

    NRASTC is a supervision and rescue award for swimming teachers, coaches and (or) instructors working during programmed activities, such as swimming lessons. It is suitable for teachers working in a wide range of swimming pools where the water depth is higher than the teachers’ standing depth and meets the individual facility’s Risk Assessment.

    If the facility has qualified lifeguards or first-aiders - available to respond quickly to a swimming teacher or coach in an emergency, you could consider a NRASTC LIGHT qualification – click here for more information. 


    The NRASTC course is open to anyone who is 16-years-of-age or older at the date of the assessment and able to:

    • Swim a minimum of 50 metres on your front and back
    • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
    • Climb out unaided without using steps or ladders (where venue design permits).

    Course Content

    The NRASTC course is 14 hours and deliverable in two days.

    Topics covered during the course include:

    • The teacher, swimming pool, and class management
    •  Intervention rescue
    • Emergency action
    • CPR and First Aid

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

    The Assessment

    To achieve the NRASTC 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.


    All our swimming teachers hold a RLSS UK NRASTC certificate, and we regularly complete ongoing training for proficiency in the lifesaving skills taught. The course is fun and engaging and provides reassurance for me - as the owner and founder of the business - and the parents of the children participating in the swimming lessons and ensures that the teachers can prevent dangerous incidents from happening during lessons and react quickly and without panicking if they do. I believe that all swimming teachers and coaches should gain this certificate.” 

    Sallie Walters, Broom Swim School


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    Book a NRASTC Course

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    Become an NRASTC Tutor

    To become a NRASTC Tutor, click here 

    Next steps

    After completing NRASTC qualification, the next step is to complete RLSS UK 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

    Click here to find out more about National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches LIGHT (NRASTC LIGHT)

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

    Click here to view all our qualifications