Aim: To emphasise the importance of training in self rescue skills before attempting body contact rescue and also the need to attain a high standards of physical fitness. It is also aimed at encouraging candidates to maintain and develop this standard by providing graded levels if achievement within the Award.
Prerequisites: Minimum age of 11 years on date of assessment
Dress: Swimsuit, shirt, shoes, and trousers.
Validity: 2 years
Ratio – Recommended examination ratio 16:1 (Examiner should ensure that safety is paramount)
- 900 metres in total.
- This test may be examined by an Instructor.
- Oral test on all aspects of personal safety and survival. Demonstrate H.E.L.P. and HUDDLE (land or water).
- Demonstrate entries as specified by the Examiner.
- Tread water for a period of 1 minute and show ability to signal for help, by occasionally lifting one arm up in the air.
- Discard footwear and swim 100 metres Freestyle.
- 200 metres obstacle swim. A freestyle swim, negotiating eight obstacles, which can be represented by two ropes, 2 metres apart across the swimming lane or as, otherwise indicated. Candidates must clear the ropes underwater without breaking the surface between them. A sense of urgency is required during the obstacle swim.
- 200 metres swim using a combination of the rescue strokes.
- Freestyle swim 400 metres.
- During the first 200 metres the candidate must demonstrate ability to submerge safely and pick up two objects off the bottom (minimum depth of 1.4 metres).
- Endurance 1 must be continuous swimming from entry to finish i.e. without touching any support (bottom, sides, etc.)
- P.F.D. must be used for correct demonstration of H.E.L.P. and HUDDLE in water.
- Items must be examined in order.
N.B Water test items must be done in the order as specified.