swimmer

Rookie LifeGuard GOLD

Stage 1

*Clothing = full length trousers and a top with full length sleeves worn over swimwear

  1. Demonstrate a rope rescue of a casualty 10 metres away in less than 35 seconds (coil, throw and rescue)
  2. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty in deeper water 8 metres away; reach out to the casualty using a pole; use the pole to tow the casualty to the poolside whilst giving them instructions and reassurance; place the casualty in the support position; help the casualty to climb out from deep water using the stirrup lift
  3. Wearing clothing*; demonstrate a tow with an aid in less than 3 minutes by swimming head-up front crawl continously to a non-panicking casualty 50 metres away. Perform the stand-off position. Use an item of clothing as an aid and tow the casualty 25 metres to the poolside; place the casualty in the support position then help the casualty to climb out
  4. Swim on your front for 10 metres and demonstrate a stand-off position
  5. Swim on your front for 10 metres and demonstrate a defensive reverse
  6. Demonstrate an extended arm tow in less than 2 minutes 30 seconds. Swim head-up front crawl to a face-down unconscious casualty 20 metres away; surface dive to recover an object from a depth of 1 metre. At the surface swap the object for the unconscious casualty and turn the casualty from face-down to face-up. Perform an extended arm tow for 20 metres using sidestroke returning to shallow water and shouting for help
  7. Demonstrate in-water rescue breathing for 30 seconds whilst waiting for help
  8. Using initiative, rescue 2 non-panicking casualties in difficulty 10 metres away
  9. Demonstrate a fall-in entry and a compact jump into clear deep water
  10. Swim continuously for 400 metres to include a minimum of 50 metres sidestroke and 50 metres lifesaving backstroke

 

Stage 2
  1. Demonstrate a rope rescue of a casualty 10 metres away in less than 30 seconds (coil, throw and rescue)
  2. Using initiative and a selection of rescue aids, rescue 2 non-panicking casualties up to 15 metres away in shallow water; demonstrate non-contact or indirect-contact rescues of both casualties (throw, reach, rope or wade). Communicate clearly with the casualties, help them to climb out using the stirrup lift and treat them for shock
  3. Following appropriate hand signals from land, swim up to 20 metres to a point where there is a submerged object, then surface dive to recover the object from a depth of 1 metre. Understand the signals: attract attention; move to the left; move to the right; go further out; stay where you are; message understood; investigate object in the water; return to shore
  4. Demonstrate a chin or cross-chest tow: swim head-up front crawl to a face-down unconscious casualty 20 metres away; perform the stand-off position; turn the casualty from face-down to face-up. Perform a chin or cross-chest tow for 20 metres to the poolside and shout for help (still in deep water). Assess for normal breathing then perform in-water rescue breathing for one minute whilst waiting for help. When help arrives, place the casualty in the support position in preparation to list the casualty. STOP before any lifts are attempted and ask the Rookie to explain how they would lift the casualty using the assisted lift
  5. Swim freestyle continuously for 400 metres in less than 12 minutes

 

Stage 3

*Clothing = full length trousers and a top with full length sleeves worn over swimwear

  1. Wearing clothing*: swim 400 metres continuously in less than 15 minutes. During the swim at least three of these strokes must be demonstrated over 100 metres - lifesaving backstroke; sidestroke; breast stroke or front crawl
  2. Wearing clothing*; tread water for 2 minutes and then remove additional clothing and climb out of deep water unaided. Them swim sidestroke for 50 metres
  3. Demonstrate an extended arm or chin tow: swim head-up front crawl to a face-down unconscious casualty 20 metres away in under 25 seconds. Perform the stand-off position; turn the face-down to face-up; perform an extended arm or chin tow for 20 metres to the poolside and shout for help (still in deep water). Assess for normal breathing, then perform in-water rescue breathing for one minute whilst waiting for help. When help arrives, place the casualty in the support position in preparation to lift the casualty. STOP before any lifts are attempted and ask the Rookie to explain how they would lift the casualty using the assisted lift
  4. Demonstrate a surface dive and cross-chest tow in less than two minutes: swim head-up front crawl towards a face-down unconscious casualty 20 metres away; 5 metres from the casualty surface dive and swim at least 5 metres underwater to recover an object from a depth of 1 metre. At the surface swap the object for an unconscious casualty and turn the casualty from face-down to face-up. Perform a cross-chest tow for 20 metres to the poolside in shallow water and shout for help
  5. Using appropriate hand signals from land, direct another Rookie to a point where there is a submerged object: understand the signals: attract attention; move to the left; move to the right; go further out; stay where you are; message understood; investigate the object in the water; return to shore
  6. Complete the Rookie Life Support Award