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RLSS UK - Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Rescue Award (ATSPRA)

Who is the course designed for?

Anyone engaged in the supervision and rescue. This includes therapists, teachers and support staff working on the poolside or in the water during activities such as aquatic therapy or therapeutic exercise/play.

This is not a recognised lifeguard qualification but is intended for those who have responsibility for supervising swimmers with disabilities.

Content, training and assessment time:

Section 1: The teacher/therapist, risk assessment and pool safety (3hrs)

Section 2: Intervention, rescue and emergency action (3hrs) plus 1hour assessment

Section 3: CPR and First aid (6hrs) plus 1hour assessment

How long is the award valid for?

The award is valid for 24 months from the date of the assessment

Will I receive a certificate?

Successful candidates will receive a certificate.

How are students assessed?

There is an assessment carried out on the final day by an independent assessor


To enter onto a course all candidates must be able to:
- wade in standing depth water swiftly and confidently
- regain their feet from a face-down and face-up floating position
- climb out of the pool unaided.

New candidate to gain the ATSPRA qualification candidates must:
- be aged 16 years or older at the time of the assessment
- complete at least the minimum training hours for the course
- successfully complete the course assessment.

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