NaRS Pool Attendant

STA Certificate for the National Rescue Standard – Pool Attendant (NaRS[PA]) :
Entry Requirements
Candidates must:

  • Be 16 years of age, or older, at the time of the examination.
  • Attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 14 hours.

 NaRS Pool Attendant Specification
The specification for the qualification is:
Theory Section

  1. Complete worksheets to demonstrate a clear understanding of the pool safety operating procedures and how they relate to pool attending covering the following topics:
    • The role and duties of a pool attendant.
    • The legislative background.
    • The swimming pool.
    • Pool safety operating procedures.
    • First Aid.
    • Resuscitation.
  2. Complete ARFU Element multiple-choice papers, the NaRS Unit 2 multiple-choice paper.
  3. Complete a 25 question multiple-choice examination paper with questions covering the above topics.

Rescue Section

With minimum additional clothing of a T Shirt and Shorts or Skirt. demonstrate the ability to carry out the following safely and effectively:

  1. One of the following:

    • Using a reaching aid, rescue a casualty in difficulty 2 metres from the poolside, or

    • Using a poolside rescue aid (rope, throw bag, torpedo buoy, lifebelt etc), rescue a casualty in difficulty 5 metres from the poolside, or

    • Using a reaching aid wade 5 metres to rescue a non-swimmer just out of their depth and assist them out of the pool.

  2. One of the following:

    • Cover 5 metres in the deepest part of the pool to reach a weak swimmer in difficulty and perform a 5 metre contact tow to safety, or

    • Cover 5 metres in the deepest part of the pool to reach an injured swimmer and perform a 5 metre tow to safety.

  3. Cover 5 metres to recover a simulated body from the bottom of the deepest part of the pool (using a submersible dummy or manikin). On reaching the surface exchange the simulated body for a live simulated unresponsive casualty, tow to the side, start resuscitation simulating 5 rescue breaths and, with assistance land and place in the recovery position.

  4. Cover 5 metres to a prone casualty with a suspected spinal injury, turn the casualty who is breathing, take to safety and support the casualty with the aid of assistance; equipment may be used to aid supporting the casualty.

  5. Acting as pool attendant, individually, or as part of a team, respond, rescue and provide aftercare of a casualty from a previously unknown simulated emergency situation. At the completion of the test give reasons for your actions.

Resuscitation Section
 Using a live simulated unconscious casualty demonstrate:

    • Turning a casualty from prone to supine.
    • Opening the airway, and checking for signs of breathing.
    • The action for vomiting.
    • The recovery position and aftercare.
  1. Using a suitable manikin demonstrate neutral alignment and the jaw thrust manoeuvre for a casualty with a suspected spinal injury.
  2. One of the following:
    • Using a facemask on a suitable manikin, demonstrate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for a drowning casualty for 3 minutes including changing rescuers.
    • Using a suitable adult manikin, demonstrate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for a cardiac arrested casualty for 3 minutes including changing rescuers.
  3. One of the following:
    • Demonstrate CPR for 3 minutes on a child manikin including changing rescuers.
    • Demonstrate CPR for 3 minutes on a baby manikin including changing rescuers. 

(Face shields or facemasks may be used) 

 Site-Specific Training
After completion of the NaRS[PA] course and examination, candidates will be able to seek employment as a Pool Attendant. To become competent in the role candidates must:

  • Undertake induction and on-the-job training, under supervision, in the site-specific procedures of the employer, in accordance with the regulations of the employer.
  • Complete the site-specific worksheets to the satisfaction of the pool management in respect of every pool at which the pool attendant operates.
  • Undertake ongoing training.

NaRS Pool Attendant Assessment
The qualification is assessed as set out below; candidates must satisfy all of the following:

  • Completion of the Portfolio to the satisfaction of the course tutor (Foundation and NaRS PA).
  • Complete the Worksheets to the satisfaction of the tutor (Foundation and NaRS PA).
  • Completing 4, 10 question multiple-choice examination papers during the course; each question is worth 1 mark. The pass mark is 7 per paper.
  • Complete a 25 multiple-choice question paper (pass mark 18).
  • Continual assessment by the tutor.
  • Demonstrating the ability to carry out various defined rescue activities in a safe manner.
  • Demonstrating CPR and the preparatory actions and aftercare.

The NaRS[PA] qualification is valid for 2 years only and it is only valid for acting as a responder whilst supervising a swimming pool. It is only valid at pools with a maximum water depth recorded on the face of the certificate. Re-validation is granted after successfully carrying out the requirements of the syllabus in force at the time. Regular on-going training and practice is essential; the NaRS Record Sheet and Check Sheet are provided to record regular training.

Additional Units
As a part of the NaRS[PA] programmes candidates may also undertake the following Additional Units:

  • Unit 3 : Complete Spinal Management - Pool Environment
  • Unit 4 : Supplementary Oxygen
  • Unit 5 : Manual Suction
  • Unit 6 : Wound Dressings, Slings and Fracture Support
  • Unit 7 : Board Recovery for Non-Spinal Injuries

It is a requirement that the Additional Unit 3, Complete Spinal Management - Pool Environment, is undertaken and assessed when a course is being carried out for Pool Attendants at a specific pool that has a spinal board.

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