Aim: To test the candidates’ ability to attain the highest standard of Water Safety in terms of knowledge, judgement, skill and fitness.
- Minimum age 15 years on date of assessment.
- Rescue 3.
Dress: Swimsuit / wetsuit, shirt 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
- Demonstrate the following:
- At least 2 items from Safety Awards.
- At least 2 items from Rescue 1 Award.
- At least 2 items from Rescue 2 Award.
- At least 2 items from Rescue 3 Award.
- Deep-water resuscitation while using a buoyancy aid.
- Mini incident involving a continuous 100 metres head up approach to a struggling subject. Take suitable action to get subject under control and carry to safety 100 metres away using a cross-chest carry.
- Show ability to use the following rescue equipment in carrying out a rescue, causality approximately 10 metres from safety:
- Can buoy or Rescue tube.
- Ring buoy.
- Un-weighted rope.
- Reaching pole.
Maximum of 2 minutes per scenario.
- Ability to carry out any of the three techniques for stabilising a spinal injury victim in 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.
- Options to include varied conditions as
outlined by Examiner. Ability to recognise,
assess, appropriate contact and carry. No
aids available. (Rescuers clothing not to be
- Should include technique only and minimum
distance (approach and carry not more than
10m for each item). Total of 90 metres for
this test item.
- This is a scenario based test item, where the candidate’s ability to use aids while carrying out a rescue is judged. This can be incorporated in one scenario or over several scenarios.
- A close look at the releases in isolation excluding any complications.
N.B. Water test items must be done in the order as specified.