Aim: To minimize the dangers of body contact rescues by providing candidates with the necessary skills to make effective release from various grips or clutches and to complete rescues safely.
- Minimum age 13 years on date of assessment.
- Rescue 1 and Endurance 2 or Survival 2.
Dress: Swimsuit / wetsuit, shirt and trousers.
Validity: 2 years
Ratio – Recommended examination ratio 12:1 (Examiner should ensure that safety is paramount)
- Goggles may not be used in full contact rescues.
- BLS2 (Skills and Theory)
- Oral Test:
- Personal Safety.
- Hazards in open water situations.
- Principles of simple rescue.
- Correct follow up procedures.
- Recognition of emergency situations.
- Non-contact swimming rescues.
- Personal contact rescues.
- Principles of systematic search patterns.
- (a) 50m swim in clothes to be completed in under 90 seconds.
- (b) Carry subject for 50m using cross chest carry.
- At least 2 items from Rescue 1.
- Approach 2 interlocked subjects and carry both 5 metres
to safety (interlocked).
Disrobe before proceeding to the next test item.
6. Effect Releases from the following holds and reassess from safe distance, carry 10 metres.
- Front double arm body/neck hold.
- Rear double arm body/neck hold.
- Wrist hold on either or both wrists.
7. Appropriate entry and head up approach 25 metres.
Recover a submerged manikin from the bottom (not more
than 2 metres) and carry.
8. 25 metre cross chest carry during which the subject will
panic. Rescuer must disengage quickly, move to a safe
distance and reassess the rescue.
- As per CFR Handbook.
- As per Rescue Skills Manual.
Knowledge of the difference between
the drowning non-swimmer and the
tired, weak or poor swimmer. (Ref.
Rescue Skills Manual). Understanding
of the theory of non-contact rescues.
Understanding of theory of contact
- (b) Show ability to use an effective carry.
- Technique only and minimal distance.
- Hair carry, head carry or clothes (collar)
carry should be used.
Disengagement should be used in the
case of struggling subject(s)
- Mini incidents to simulate situations
using realistic grips. Rescuer may
submerge subject to break contact.
- Simulated rescue situation as outlined by the examiner. Carry subject to shallow water before commencing resuscitation.
- A quick disengagement is essential
and voice contact must be used at all
N.B. Water test items must be done in the order as specified.