Aim: To further emphasise simple rescue techniques involving minimum risk to the rescuer. It is designed to test candidate's progression from skills included in Awards 2 and 3 and as a preparatory step to the Rescue Awards.
Dress: Swimsuit / Wetsuit, shirt and trousers
Validity: 2 years
Ratio – Recommended examination ratio 16:1 (Examiner should ensure that safety is paramount)
- Goggles may be used in this award.
- BLS1 (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
- Demonstrate all of the following simple rescues:
- Voice contact
- Use of Buoyant objects, with no line attached.
- Un-weighted rope (minimum distance 10 metres)
- Ring Buoy (minimum distance 10 metres)
- Reaching Rescue on bank and in water
- Wading rescue
- Continuous swim:
- 150 metres Front Crawl or Breaststroke
- 50 metres rescue Sidestroke using lower arm only
- 50 metres rescue Inverted Breaststroke using legs only
- Appropriate entry and 25 metres head up approach to a distressed swimmer, using item of clothing tow subject 25 metres to safety. Show ability to avoid body contact at any stage of the rescue.
- Demonstrate the use of assists.
- Show ability to turn a subject simulating unconsciousness from a prone (face down) to a supine (face up) position in shallow water. Bring to a safe location and call for assistance. Establish if the subject is breathing. Commence resuscitation (if necessary). Show correct follow-up procedures.
- As per CFR Handbook.
- As per Rescue Skills Manual.
- Demonstration of simple rescue techniques, using scenarios. Recognition, Assessment, Action.
- Rescuer must swim the first 100m in his/her clothes. Disrobe in water to continue.
- Eye and voice contact should be maintained throughout. Se one of the items of clothing for this rescue. Subject may be told to be prone or supine.
- Subject must be cooperative and capable of helping himself to some extent.
- If the distance is too great, establish if the subject is breathing. Commence resuscitation (if necessary) while walking to safe location.