Aim: To introduce simple rescue techniques involving minimum risk to the rescuer. It is designed to prepare the candidate who has some swimming skills for lifesaving training.
Dress: Swimsuit / Wetsuit
Ratio - Recommended examination ratio 16:1 (Examiner should ensure that safety is paramount)
- BLS1 may be examined if all material has been covered (with the instructor's prior approval).
- An Instructor may examine this test. (Provided BLS is not being examined).
- Goggles may be used in this award.
- (BLS may be examined)
- 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
- Demonstrate all of the following simple rescues:
- Voice contact
- Use of Buoyant objects, with no line attached.
- Un-weighted rope
- Ring Buoy
- Reaching Rescue on bank and in water
- Wading rescue (slip in and wade)
- Demonstrate ability to tread water for 1 minute, lifting arm vertically to signal for help at least 4 times.
- Demonstrate ability to reverse quickly in water.
- 25 metres Front Crawl
- 25 metres Breaststroke
- 25 metres any Rescue Stroke (Side Stroke or Inverted Breaststroke)
- Make an appropriate entry with a buoyancy aid and approach 25 metres to a distressed swimmer, maintaining visual contact. While keeping a safe distance and treading water, explain intentions, pass the aid to the subject and encourage the subject to propel to safety. Voice contact should be maintained while accompanying subject at a safe distance. Show ability to avoid personal contact throughout the exercise and call for help.
- As per CFR Handbook.
- As per Rescue Skills Manual.
- Demonstration of simple rescue techniques, using scenarios. Recognition, Assessment, Action.
- Signal for help must be with a raised arm and clenched fist.
- Need no be continuous. Legs only in Inverted Breaststroke. Lower arm only in Lifesaving Side Stroke.
- Rescuer must stop and reverse before attempting a rescue and must demonstrate proper control during the rescue. Rescuer should demonstrate correct follow-up procedure.