Being competent to assess a developing situation and effect a successful rescue is a truly lifesaving skill. Holders of the Lifesaver Award have demonstrated their lifesaving proficiency in diving and non-diving situations.
As divers we all find ourselves in or around water and if you want to build on your core first-aid and lifesaving skills, not just in a diving environment, this award is for you. It will recognise your advanced rescue skills, relevant to both sheltered and open-water situations.
To enrol on the Lifesaver Award you must have already successfully completed an Ocean Diver course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency) and be a minimum of 12 years of age.
Additional training before taking the exam is optional. Your instructor could include a series of lessons designed to cater for the needs of the students. For example, Ocean Divers may require additional training in basic-life-support skills not included in their diver grade training.
All participants may need training for the throwing exercises and swimming rescues, which are not included in the Diver Training Programme. Many students will welcome the feedback from a mock exam to refresh their skills before the exam.
What you’ll be assessed on
The Lifesaver Award assesses your lifesaving proficiency and diver-rescue skills within a pool or sheltered water environment, covering rescue methods suitable for use from shore or boat. You need to pass an examination with two sections – a dry theoretical and practical test and a wet practical test. Lifesaver theory covers the human body, diver rescue and basic life support; Lifesaver in-water skills include towing and throwing rescues.
The Lifesaver Award is recognised by many agencies and local authorities. You will be learn to diagnose cardiac arrest, carry out basic life support for three minutes and demonstrate the action for a vomiting casualty and the recovery position.
Rescue techniques examined include a 10-metre rope-throwing rescue and a 10m buoyant-aid rescue and tow. You will show you can rescue a snorkel diver, and then a scuba diver, and tow them 50m, perform a 25m rescue swim and 10m tow of a swimmer, and complete an in-water endurance test supporting an unconscious casualty.
Currently, only club members can take a course with us. If you want to get started, you can always take a trydive