National Rescue Award 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 swimming lessons.

Is this course suitable for you?Learn more about NRASTC qualification.

Candidate Age Requirements


Course Duration

2 days

Qualification Validity

2 years

Candidate Age Requirements


Course Duration

2 days

Qualification Validity

2 years

Is this course suitable for you?

The NRASTC programme is suitable for a wide range of swimming pool designs and water depths.

Candidates must be able to:

  • Swim 50m.
  • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool
  • Climb out of the pool without help and without using steps or ladders.

Learning Outcomes

NRASTC training provides candidates with the knowledge and practical training to:

  • Rescue a casualty in the event of being alerted to an emergency
  • Recover a casualty to poolside
  • Perform vital First Aid, including CPR and AED


To be qualified, candidates must be aged 16 years or older at the time of the assessment, show 100% attendance and complete all assessments.


Candidates renewing their qualification must:

  • Be considered prepared and ready for the assessment
  • Must pass the assessment before their existing NRASTC qualification expires, including re-taking any failed sections
  • Meet the criteria for and be assessed as a new candidate if their qualification expires.
Delivery Method

To provide the best support to candidates, the maximum number attending a course is limited to 12.

Course Duration

The total qualification time for NRASTC programme is 16 hours for new candidates, 8 hours for renewal candidates, excluding breaks. 


Assessment for the NRASTC qualification will include a mixture of practical and theory-based evaluations.

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NRASTC Light is available.

NRASTC Light is a one-day course, designed for teachers, working in a swimming pool environment when there is a pool lifeguard on-site to respond in the event of an emergency. Get in touch to learn more about NRASTC Light course.

Add-On Qualifications

You can add the following qualifications to your NRASTC training.

First Aid

Emergency First Aid at Work

You can include EFAW in your NRASTC qualification. The full 6-hour EFAW course and assessment must be completed to get qualified. 

First Aid

Automated External Defibrillator Programme

You can also add AED to your NRASTC qualification when you include EFAW. The full 6-hour EFAW and 1.5-hour AED training must be completed (including assessments) to get qualified.

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