The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has re-launched their National Rescue Awards for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC and NRASTC LIGHT), following a comprehensive review and update.
Developed with input from the leisure sector, NRASTC and NRASTC LIGHT have both been re-designed to meet the needs of operators and today’s teachers, coaches and instructors, teaching baby and parent swimming lessons through to adult sessions.
The UK’s leading water safety charity, RLSS UK, worked with industry experts including Swim England, Water Babies, national leisure providers, swim schools, and engaged with over 1,000 RLSS UK Trainer Assessors and RLSS UK Approved Training Centres to review and update the content, delivery and assessment process of the awards.
Following feedback, the content of the awards has been streamlined and it’s now delivered as a combined course, where one-day attendance gives successful candidates NRASTC LIGHT and two-day attendance gives successful candidates the full NRASTC. The course also now features the much-anticipated option for deep water spinal recovery – the biggest feedback point received during the review!
Jo Talbot, Director of Commercial Operations at RLSS UK, said:
“We are excited to be launching updated supervision and rescue awards for swimming teachers, coaches and instructors. Having worked with key stakeholders from the outset of this review, we are confident that the new-look NRASTC and NRASTC LIGHT are not only fit for purpose for those working on poolside or in the water during programmed activities, but also meet the needs of today’s operators.”
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The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity.
Around 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.
RLSS UK is the UK’s leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK. It is also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.
Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.
RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard (for eight to12-year-olds), Survive and Save (for 12 years+) and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).
The RLSS UK (then the Life Saving Society) was formed in 1891. In 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society.
Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to cut down the number of accidental drownings that occur each year and support families affected by drowning. The next campaign will run from 12 – 19 June 2020.