Aquatic Training

We offer a variety of ASA and NPLQ Courses to help you progress your career, whether you want to be a swimming teacher or a lifeguard.

Swimming Assistant

ASA Level 1 Award

This course leads to a vocational qualification designed to provide you with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and understanding of the safe and ethical principles for effective teaching practices in aquatics. As an aspiring teacher this qualification will equip you with the knowledge and tools to actively support a more senior qualified, experienced teacher of aquatics, at any level, in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.

This qualification is endorsed by UKCC and sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). As part of your training resource material you are supplied with the ASA Swimming Teaching & Coaching Level 1 text book.

Price

£395.00 per course

Requirements
  • You must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the course;
  • It is strongly advised to complete Introduction to Frontcrawl e-learning module;
  • If you achieved your core units only of this qualification prior to January 2011 and are now looking to complete your qualification, there will be an additional registration fee for you to do this.
How to book

To find details of our next course and book your place visit the IOS (Institute of Swimming).

Swimming Teacher

ASA Level 2 Certificate

This course leads to a vocational qualification designed for you to learn how to effectively apply your skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching aquatics. This qualification aims to provide and equip you with the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate aquatic teaching sessions. This qualification is endorsed by UKCC and sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Price

£680.00 per course

Requirements
  • You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course;
  • You must hold one of the qualifications below:
    • ASA UKCC L1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) – Jan 2011 onwards;
    • ASA UKCC L1 Certificate for Teaching Aquatics – 2006-2010;
    • L1 Certificate for Teaching Swimming post 2002;
    • ASA Assistant Teacher Certificate (teaching aquatics) post Sept 1994;
    • NCTP Module 1 and 2 & QTS status and/or HLTA.
    • OR gained exemption prior to enrollment on the learning programme from the ASA.

If you do not hold one of the above requirements you will not be able to attend this course.

If you are unsure if your qualification meets the requirements then check the ASA Next Step Matrix or contact the IoS.

It is also recommended learners hold a valid CRB Certificate.

It is strongly recommended Butterfly Stroke Analysis is completed prior to completion of the qualification.

If you achieved your core units only of this qualification prior to January 2011 and are now looking to complete your qualification, there will be an additional registration fee for you to do this.

How to book

To find details of our next course and book your place visit the IOS (Institute of Swimming).

Lifeguard

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

Section 1 – The Lifeguard and the Law, Swimming Pool Supervision
Section 2 – Intervention and Rescue and Emergency Action Plans
Section 3 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, AED and First Aid

Price

£250.00 per course

Requirements

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be at least 16 years old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • Jump / dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits.

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

Upon qualifying with the NPLQ, the certificate is valid for two years from the date of successful completion.

Upcoming Courses

The National Pool Lifeguards Qualification courses include five sessions and will run at Fore Street Pool. You have the option to complete the course over five days or over five weeks.

Five day course:

Monday 21st August – Friday 25th August

Five week course:

Sunday 2nd July – Sunday 30th July (five sessions across five consecutive Sundays)

 

How to book
For further information or to book onto the next course please contact crown.pools@ipswich.gov.uk or 01473 433655.

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