Aquatic First Aid – FAQs

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions relating to Aquatic First Aid.

Q: Can AFA Level 1 & Level 2 be run together?
Yes, AFA L1 & L2 can be run together, and that’s what they are designed to do.

They can either be run on two consecutive days no less than 4 weeks apart or as weekly sessions, again ensuring there is not more than 4 weeks between completing L1 and beginning L2.

Q: I’m running a AFA L2 course over two days but some candidates only need, or are only attending day one, to obtain their AFA L1 award. Do I need to register two separate courses?
The short answer is yes you will. This is absolutely fine to run the two awards in parrell in this way, but to ensure the right candidates receive the correct certificate you should register both an AFA L1 Course and an AFA L1 & L2 Course and put the candidates on the respective course schedules.

Q: I’m an Aquatic First Aid Coach, why don’t my courses appear in the on line directory?
A: When you registered as an AFA coach you need to opt in to the directory if you’d like your courses to be made available on the on line directory. If you would like to be included please email our admin officer who will be pleased to add you at admin@bculifeguards.org.uk.

Q: Do I have to be a member of the BCU to become an Aquatic First Aid Coach?
Yes – To become an AFA Coach you do need to be a comprehensive member of the BCU. There are a number of reasons for this, but mainly to provide you with insurance cover and enable you to receive updates via the coaching newsletter CoDe. Details on becoming a BCU member can be found at: http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/canoeeng/2012-3-membership-.aspx

Q: How can I become an Aquatic First Aid level 1 Coach?
A: To become an Aquatic First Aid Level 1 coach you need to meet the course pre-requisites. The course syllabus can be found here.
Full details on the different ways in which to become an Aquatic First Aid Level 1 Coach can be found here
AFA L1 Coach course dates are listed here.

Q: When and where are AFA coach courses held?
: Details of our scheduled AFA L1 Coach Courses can be found here.
If you’d like to host a course at your centre/club then please feel free to email us on info@bculifeguards.org.uk for more details.

Q: Are there any AFA coaches local to us?
: There are AFA Coaches throughout the UK.
You can find your local AFA Coach in our online directory here.

Q: What are the AFA Certificate prices?
Aquatic First Aid Level 1, Primary First Aid & Emergency First Aid certificates are priced at:
£6 (BCU/Home Nation Members)
£9 (Non-Members)
Aquatic First Aid Level 1 & 2 Award certificates are priced at:
£12 (BCU/Home Nation Members)
£18 (Non-Members)

If you are running a course for a group such as D of E or Scouts for example please contact us for a special group rate at admin@bculifeguards.org.uk

 Q: Is AFA Level 2 available?
Yes – We’re pleased to announce that the AFA Level 2 award is now available and will be delivered by AFA Level 2 Coaches from the 1st January 2010.

 Q: Can I just run a AFA L2 course?
At this time, there aren’t any provisions within our admin system to allow trainers to run only AFA L2 courses. However, should you feel that would be beneficial to you, please feel free to email us at info@bculifeguards.org.uk for assistance.

Q: I’m currently an AFA L1 Coach, how do I become an AFA L2 Coach?
As an AFA L1 Coach you can apply to become AFA L2 Coach providing you meet the following criteria:

All AFA L1 Coach requirements remain in place (and are valid):

1) 16hr First Aid Award
2) Home Nation Membership
3) BCU L2 Coach (or approved equivalent)

In addition to the above, you are also required to:

1) Have held AFA L1 for a minimum of 12 months
2) Completed at least 2 AFA L1 courses

If you feel you meet the above requirements you can apply for AFA L2 Coach status from within the Trainer’s Zone.

If you don’t meet all these requirements but would still like your applicaation to be considered we recommend you email firstaid@bculifeguards.org.uk for advice.