Safety 3 Award

Aim: To emphasize rescue techniques involving minimum risk to the rescuer. It is designed to test candidate's judgement and ability to assess accident situations correctly. Prerequisites: None Award: Certificate Dress: Swimsuit / Wetsuit Validity: 2 years Ratio – Recommended examination ratio 16:1 (Examiner should ensure that safety is paramount) Note(s):
  • 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.

Test Items

  1. (BLS may be examined)
  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
  3. Demonstrate all of the following simple rescues:
    • Voice contact
    • Use of Buoyant objects, with no line attached.
    • Un-weighted rope (minimum distance 9 metres)
    • Ring Buoy (minimum distance 9 metres)
    • Reaching Rescue on bank and in water
    • Wading rescue
  4. Demonstrate ability to enter the water using a straddle jump.
  5. Demonstrate ability to submerge safely and swim 5 metres along the bottom (minimum depth of 1.4 meters).
  6. Demonstrate evasive action.
  7. Continuous swim:
    • 50 metres Front Crawl or Breaststroke
    • 100 metres with a combination of Inverted Backstroke using legs only, and Sidestroke using lower arm only (minimum of 25m on either stroke).
  8.  Make an appropriate entry with a suitable buoyancy aid, approach 25 metres to a distressed swimmer, maintaining visual contact. Calm and reassure the subject. Explain intentions and pass the aid to the subject. If the subject cooperates, the rescuer grasps the buoyancy aid, and tows 25 metres to safety. Continue voice contact and show ability to avoid body contact.


  1. As per CFR Handbook.
  2. As per Rescue Skills Manual.
  3. Demonstration of simple rescue techniques, using scenarios. Recognition, Assessment, Action.
  4. Rescuer's head must be kept above the water at all times.
  5. Demonstrate ability to submerge using correct surface dives techniques.
  6. None.
  7. None.
  8. For this rescue a buoyancy aid with or without a rope attached may be used (as specified by the examiner). Rescuer must stop  and reverse before attempting a rescue and must demonstrate proper control during the rescue.