Safety 2 Award

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.

Prerequisites: None

Award: Certificate

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.

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
    • Ring Buoy
    • Reaching Rescue on bank and in water
    • Wading rescue (slip in and wade)
  4. Demonstrate ability to tread water for 1 minute, lifting arm vertically to signal for help at least 4 times.
  5. Demonstrate ability to reverse quickly in water.
  6. Swim:
    • 25 metres Front Crawl
    • 25 metres Breaststroke
    • 25 metres any Rescue Stroke (Side Stroke or Inverted Breaststroke)
  7. 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.


  1. As per CFR Handbook.
  2. As per Rescue Skills Manual.
  3. Demonstration of simple rescue techniques, using scenarios. Recognition, Assessment, Action.
  4. Signal for help must be with a raised arm and clenched fist.
  5. None.
  6. Need no be continuous. Legs only in Inverted Breaststroke. Lower arm only in Lifesaving Side Stroke.
  7. Rescuer must stop and reverse before attempting a rescue and must demonstrate proper control during the rescue. Rescuer should demonstrate correct follow-up procedure.