Aim: To emphasise the hazards and increased degree of risk which may be encountered in body contact rescues of rescue skills by retraining.
- Minimum age of 14 years on date of assessment.
- Rescue 2 award.
Dress: Swimsuit / Wetsuit, shirt, shoes, and trousers
Validity: 2 years
Ratio – Recommended examination ratio of 10:1.
- Goggles may not be used in full contact rescues.
- BLS3 (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
- Spinal injuries
- Principles of systematic search patterns
- Timed Swim:
- 50m swim and 50m carry to be completed in under 4 minutes.
- Demonstrate at least 2 items from Rescue 2.
- Double Rescue involving a 50 metre
continuous head up approach with a rescue
tube or canbuoy and a ringbuoy to 2 drowning
subjects. Pass the ringbuoy to one subject
and rescue tube/canbuoy to the other. Tow
one subject 50 metres while encouraging the
other back to safety
Disrobe before proceeding to next test item.
- Show ability to effect a release from each of
the following grips while maintaining contact
and control over subject and carry 10 metres.
(a) Block and Parry (failed defensive
(b) Front double-arm neck hold.
- Approach 25m to a distressed swimmer with a
rescue tube, clip on rescue tube and swim
25m back to safety towing the distressed
- Ability to carry out any of the three techniques for stabilising a spinal injury victim in the water.
- As per CFR Handbook.
- As per Rescue Skills Manual.
- Understanding the theory of contact rescues.
- To include theory and recognition of spinal injury management in water.
- Should include technique only and minimum distance.
- Ability to recognise and assess the danger.
Demonstrate use of voice contact and rescue
aids while returning in a safe manner
- Mini incidents to simulate situations using
realistic grips. Rescuer may submerge subject
to break contact.
- Simulated rescue using mini scenarios.
Checking the safety of the distressed
swimmer at regular intervals is essential.
- A close look at the techniques in isolation excluding any complications.
N.B. Water test items must be done in the order as specified.