Aquatic Therapy Pool Rescue Award (ATPRA)

Who is this course aimed at?

The ATPRA is a pool supervision and rescue award for aquatic therapists and support workers working during programmed activities. It is suitable for those working in a variety of pools, including where the water is deeper than your standing depth.

This qualification is endorsed by the Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP).

Course prerequisites

  • Participants must be 16 years of age at the date of assessment.
  • They must be able to meet the following criteria prior to the course:
    • Regain their footing from a face-down and face-up floating position;
    • Surface dive to the deepest part of the pool;
    • Climb out without help and without using steps or ladders (where venue design permits).
  • Must complete minimum guided learning hours.
  • Successfully complete the course assessment.

Course Content

The ATPRA course is 12 hours plus assessment and is delivered over two days.

Topics covered during the course include

  • Module 1 – The Therapist, Risk Assessment and Pool Safety.
  • Module 2 – Intervention, Rescue and Emergency Action.
  • Module 3 – CPR and First Aid.


To achieve the ATPRA certificate, candidates must pass a formal assessment at the end of the course where trainees demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned in the form of a theory and practical assessment.

Why study with us?

  • Use our inspirational Sports Training Village to study, training and gain necessary industry experience while you’re with us;
  • Learn from elite practitioners who are working within the field of sporting first aid injuries;
  • Job opportunities within the leisure industry;
  • Experience of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

More information

Please email Jemma Plummer – – to find out more and register your interest in the course.

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