Lifesaving 123

Lifesaving 123 award consists of three phases which teach swimmers the fundamentals of water safety, theory and practical aspects of land-based and water-based non-contact rescue as well as resuscitation skills. Trainees are expected to be strong swimmers as the course will be focused more on lifesaving techniques rather than swimming strokes.

Lifesaving 1 Award

To impart preliminary skills and knowledge of water safety and land-based non-contact rescues.

– Introduction to basic water safety, water dangers and water rescue in swimming pool.

– Identify the actions of a non-swimmer and a weak swimmer.

– Basic land-based rescue skill e.g
(a) Reaching rescue
(b) Throwing of buoyant aid rescue
(c) Wading rescue (with buoyant or rigid aid)
(d) Accompanied rescue.

– Swim 100 meters in any recognized strokes to pass the course exam.

Lifesaving 2 Award

To develop further preliminary skills and knowledge of water safety, resuscitation and land-based non-contact rescues.

– Introduction to water rescue, dangers of open water and applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to unconscious casualty (CPR).

– Identify the movements of non-swimmer, weak swimmer, swimmer with limb injury, unconscious non-breathing swimmer.

– Land-based emergency rescue techniques such as Rope Rescue and Non-Contact Tow Rescue of an uncooperative casualty scenario.

– Ability to swim 150 meters comfortably in any recognized strokes.

Lifesaving 3 Award

To reinforce skills and knowledge of water safety, resuscitation and water rescue preparatory to the Bronze Medallion.

– Understanding of water rescue and treatment of cramp and minor bleeding.

– Sculling of water using only arms in the Ready position, tread water without using arms.

– Underwater Recovery, Defensive and Release Techniques of casualty and full-clothed emergency rescue.

– Ability to swim 150 meters comfortably in any recognized strokes.

– Confidently swim 200 meters in any two recognized strokes.

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