Rescue 2 Award

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.

Award: Certificate

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.

Test Items

  1. BLS2 (Skills and Theory)
  2. 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.
  3. Swim:
    • (a) 50m swim in clothes to be completed in under 90 seconds.
    • (b) Carry subject for 50m using cross chest carry.
  4. At least 2 items from Rescue 1. Disrobe before proceeding to the next test item. 
  5. 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.
  6. Approach 2 interlocked subjects and carry 5 metres to safety in one of three ways:
    • Bring to shore, interlocked - short distance.
    • Break the grip giving a buoyancy aid to one and carry the other to safety.
    • Break the grip and encourage the swimmer to shore and carry the other to safety.
  7. Appropriate entry and head up approach 25 metres. Recover an object from the bottom (not more than 2 metres) and exchange at surface for subject simulating unconsciousness and bring to shallow water. Show correct follow up procedures
  8. Demonstrate the following restraints while in a cross-chest carry:
    • One arm.
    • Two arm.
    • An arm & breathing restraint.


  1. 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 rescues.
  2. (b) Show ability to use an effective carry.
  3. Technique only and minimal distance.
  4. Mini incidents to simulate situations using realistic grips. Can submerge subject to break contact.
  5. A close look at the technique in isolation.
  6. Simulated rescue situation as outlined by the examiner. Carry subject to shallow water before commencing resuscitation.
  7. A close look at each restraint in isolation over a short distance. Remember these are not part of a sequence, when a restraint is to be used, choose one that will be effective
N.B. Water test items must be done in the order as specified.