What is Lifesaving 123 Award?

The Lifesaving 123 Award course 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.

Below are some rescues that you will learn in Lifesaving 123 award.

Lifesaving 123 Course

from $350 per course

Prerequisites

  • Secondary 1 onwards

  • Frontcrawl 50m

  • Breaststroke 50m

  • Survival backstroke 50m

Certificates

  • Lifesaving 1

  • Lifesaving 2

  • Lifesaving 3

Lifesaving 1 award

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

Award Badge

What you will be tested on

  • 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

    • Reaching rescue
    • Throwing of buoyant aid rescue
    • Wading rescue (with buoyant or rigid aid)
    • 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.

Award Badge

What you will be tested on

  • 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.

Award Badge

What you will be tested on

  • 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.