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.
  5. 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.


  1. As per CFR Handbook.
  2. 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.