Safety 4 Award

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.

Prerequisites: None

Award: Certificate

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.

Test Items

  1. BLS1 (Skills and Theory)
  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 10 metres)
    • Ring Buoy (minimum distance 10 metres)
    • Reaching Rescue on bank and in water
    • Wading rescue
  4. Continuous swim:
    • 150 metres Front Crawl or Breaststroke
    • 50 metres rescue Sidestroke using lower arm only
    • 50 metres rescue Inverted Breaststroke using legs only
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate the use of assists.
  7. 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.


  1. As per CFR Handbook.
  2. As per Rescue Skills Manual.
  3. Demonstration of simple rescue techniques, using scenarios. Recognition, Assessment, Action.
  4. Rescuer must swim the first 100m in his/her clothes. Disrobe in water to continue.
  5. 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.
  6. Subject must be cooperative and capable of helping himself to some extent.
  7. If the distance is too great, establish if the subject is breathing. Commence resuscitation (if necessary) while walking to safe location.