RLSS-SA Swim & Survive

LEVEL 1 - Water Discovery

Enter and exit the water safely and confidently • Front float and recover to a secure position • Back float and recover to a secure position • Blow bubbles in water with ace fully submerged and turn head to side, repeat action • Front glide and kick for 3 metres unassisted (torpedo) • Back kick using kick board for 5 metres • Swim for a distance of 3 metres using an underwater arm action while kicking • Float with a flotation aid for 30 seconds • Submerge in waist depth water, open eyes and blow bubbles • Demonstrate lock hands, lock head and steer up position in water • Be pulled to safety by grasping a rescue aid • Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

LEVEL 2 - Water Awareness

Perform a slide in entry and exit using the edge • Float on the front and back in deep water with instructor assistance • Demonstrate treading water arm sculling action, supporting the body in an upright position • Demonstrate treading water leg action using a flotation aid for support • Swim 10 metres freestyle with basic side breathing • Swim 10 metres backstroke with correct body position • Demonstrate 5 metres survival backstroke kick • Demonstrate breaststroke kick on the side of the pool • Demonstrate survival sculling for 30 seconds and floating for 1 minute, holding a flotation aid and then kick to safety • Submerge and recover an object from water of chest depth • Demonstrate a sitting dive (may be assisted) • Be pulled through the water with a rope for 5 metres to safety • Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

LEVEL 3 - Water Sense

Perform a step in entry • Scull head first on the back in a streamlined body position • Swim 25 metres freestyle using correct technique • Swim 25 metres backstroke using correct technique • Swim 15 metres survival backstroke using correct technique • Demonstrate 10 metres breaststroke kick (symmetrical action) • Demonstrate the survival sculling or treading water for 1 minute and swim for 1 minute, holding a flotation aid • Surface dive, swim underwater and recover an object from water of chest depth • Demonstrate a kneeling dive • Using a rigid aid pull a partner to safely • Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment • Demonstrate introductory dolphin kick for a distance of 5 metres.

LEVEL 4 - Water Wise

Safely perform a compact jump and exit from deep water • Demonstrate feet first sculling on the back • Demonstrate rotation of the tucked body, keeping the face above the surface of the water • Swim 50 metres freestyle with correct technique • Swim 50 metres backstroke with correct technique • Swim 25 metres survival backstroke with correct technique • Swim 15 metres breaststroke with correct technique • Demonstrate 10 metres sidestroke with scissor kick • Dressed in swim wear, shorts and T-shirt, demonstrate sculling, floating or treading water for 2 minutes and swim slowly for 3 minutes, changing survival strokes after each minute • Float for 1 minute using an open-ended flotation aid • Surface dive, swim underwater and recover an object from water depth equivalent to the candidate's height • Demonstrate a crouch dive • Throw a rescue flotation aid to a partner at 5 metres distance and instruct the partner to kick to the edge • Answer questions about the dangers in the aquatic environment • Demonstrate introductory butterfly arm action for a distance of 5 metres.

LEVEL 5 - Junior Swim & Survive

Safely perform a fall in entry and exit from deep water • Demonstrate a forward somersault in the water • Demonstrate the eggbeater kick. Arms or a kick-board may be used for support • Swim 100 metres continuously using correct stroke technique. 25 metres freestyle, 25 metres survival backstroke or sidestroke, 25 metres backstroke and 25 metres breaststroke • Dressed in swim wear, long pants and long-sleeved shirt perform survival sculling, floating or treading water for 4 minutes, perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater for a short distance, swim slowly for 6 minutes using 3 survival strokes, changing strokes after each minute. Clothing may be removed • Correctly fit a PFD, enter the water using a compact jump, float for 30 seconds and then climb out of the water • Demonstrate a shallow dive • Perform a reach rescue using a rope, towel or item of clothing • Answer questions about dangers on the aquatic environment • Swim butterfly for 10 metres demonstrating a recognisable stroke and attempt correct breathing technique.

LEVEL 6 - Swim & Survive

Perform a stride entry • Demonstrate a backward somersault in the water • Demonstrate eggbeater kick and sculling • Swim 200 metres continuously using correct stroke technique, 50 metres survival backstroke or sidestroke, 50 metres backstroke, 50 metres breaststroke and 50 metres freestyle • Dressed in swim wear, long pants and long-sleeved shirt and jumper, perform the following: Enter deep water using a feet first entry, submerge feet first, swim underwater on back looking up at the surface, swim 50 metres quickly as if escaping from a dangerous situation and then swim 50 metres slowly, float using a buoyant aid for 1 minute, swim slowly demonstrating survival strokes for 6 minutes, scull, float or tread water for 3 minutes waving for help intermittently. Remove clothing in deep water • Correctly fit a PFD while treading water and then swim 25 metres using a survival strokes. Climb out of the water • Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope over a distance of 6 metres • Answer questions on water safety and personal survival techniques Swim butterfly for 15 metres using an efficient stroke and correct breathing technique.

LEVEL 7 - Senior Swim & Survive

Demonstrate an entry technique selected by the examiner • Demonstrate an efficient eggbeater kick without use of arms • Swim 300 metres continuously using correct technique,100 metres freestyle, 50 metres backstroke, 50 metres breaststroke, 50 metres survival backstroke and 50 metres sidestroke • Dressed in swim wear, long pants, long sleeved shirt, jumper, shoes and socks, perform the following sequence, dive and swim a distance underwater to simulate an escape from a sinking boat surround by oil, swim a further 40 metres freestyle as if escaping from a dangerous situation, remove shoes while treading water and then swim slowly 50 metres breaststroke, float, survival scull or tread water for 5 minutes and wave one arm occasionally as if signalling for help; reassure any nearby candidates by talking to them, swim slowly for 200 metres using survival strokes, changing strokes every 50 metres, remove clothing in deep water • Fit a PFD correctly while treading water, swim 100 metres using survival strokes, demonstrate HELP technique and climb out of water whilst wearing the PFD • Perform a throw rescue using a weighted rope over a distance of 10 metres within a time limit of 1 minute • Wade to a partner and pull them to safety using a towel or item of clothing as an aid • Answer questions on water safety and personal survival techniques indicating a thorough knowledge of basic concepts • Swim butterfly for 25 metres using an efficient stroke and correct breathing technique.

 

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