Survive and Save Lifesaving Course

From September 2012 The Swim School will be offering the RLSS UK’s new lifesaving award programme “Survive and Save”. This has been developed by the Society to replace the current Bronze Medallion and Higher Awards. It includes an increased focus on self-rescue and survival together with first aid, water safety and rescue skills. It is an exciting programme that enables lifesavers to progress from Bronze to Silver and even Gold levels. At each level there is not only a standard medallion but also an optional sports award.

Who can enrol?
The minimum age for enrolment is 11 ½ , the first award cannot be taken until the lifesavers is aged 12. You must be able to swim 20 metres on your front and 20 metres on your back. Please be aware that included in the awards are timed swim elements.  No previous experience of lifesaving is necessary. However, those who hold a current Bronze Medallion may enter the programme at the Silver Medallion level (or perhaps work for a Sports Bronze Medallion).

What does it cost?
Apart from the normal course fee all lifesavers will need to purchase a “Survive and Save” candidate pack by the fourth week of the course. This costs £24.94, it includes the cost of the first award plus an attractive, information manual necessary for the course. As lifesavers progress to further awards, the cost is £15.95 an award. Please bring your money for this pack as soon as possible as you will find the book useful

What happens if I already have a Bronze Medallion Award?
You can enter the programme at the Silver level but will have to purchase the “Survive and Save” candidate pack. Initially you will be revising skills already taught and learning new skills that are now part of the Bronze Medallion. Sometimes you will be worked with separately to ensure that you are kept on target to achieve your Silver Medallion

How long does it take to gain an award?
No one should take longer than 2 terms to gain an award. However, it is important to remember that regular attendance is important. Parents will be informed if poor attendance is preventing progress.

What format do the sessions take?
Each session is an hour long; at least 40 minutes will be spent in the water. (An exception to this could be when assessments are taking place) It is likely that each session will commence with activities on the poolside (or even the sports hall) to cover essential first aid skills and theory knowledge.

A brief outline of the planned course

Every session will include one of the following

  • Stroke work
  • Stamina building
  • Speed swimming
  • An activity to practice and improve skills

Your achievements will be recorded and target set to improve

Required Standards  
Bronze Level50m in 1 minute200m (no time requirement)
Silver Level100m in 2 minutes400m (no time requirement)
Gold Level200 m in 4 minutes800m (no time requirement)

A prerequisite of all levels is basic Life Support. Lifesavers who have not already achieved this will be offered tuition from 12 0‘clock each Saturday. There is no cost for the assessment






The Medallion is in 2 sections

  • Common Core (Theory and pool assessments)
  • Bronze or Silver Medallion Award (Theory and pool assessments

It is planned to teach the following skills each week  this term – however this is only a guide:

WeekTheoryPool SkiilsAdditional skills for silver level
1Pool Safety
Page 8
Entries and exits from the water

Protecting yourself if you fall in accident
2Pool rules
Page 8
Floating skills – how they could help your survival if you fell into water accidently
Straddle jump
Compact jump
Add vertical float
3The SAFE code
Page 5
Sculling skills, signalling for help
HELP position
Recognising casualties
Green rescues – shout and signal rescues, throw rescues
Foot first and head first surface dives. Recover brick and swim to side with it
Rope rescue (Amber rescue)
4Mudflats and quicksands
Page 22
Speed rope coil
Foot first sculling
Land based rescues (green rescues)
Swim side stroke with a brick
Wade rescue. Supporting a casualty at side. Stirrup lift
Initiative rescue using Emergency Action Model
Pages 2 - 4
Skill check – entries, exits, floating, sculling
Defensive feet up position
Emergency Action Model
Include - Straddle jump, compact jump, surface dives
Assisted lift of unconscious casualty
6Water Quality and pollution
Page 23
Are you ready for common core assessment?
Initiative rescues using Emergency Action Model
Preparation for common core assessment (which will take place early next term)
Supporting a casualty at the side / Stirrup Lift
Identify extra theory needed for common core assessment
Drowning (pages 2 – 4)
Beach and Water bed composition and shelving (pages 20/21)
Water speed and force (page 26) Small group session to help with this

Provided attendance is regular, Bronze Medallion (or Silver Medallion for those who already hold the bronze Medallion) should be achieved before the end of the Spring term). If there is sufficient interest, we may be able to offer the Sports Awards later next year, but this requires specialized equipment and we must be sure that there is sufficient interest to justify this investment

If Learning4Life are unable to recruit the minimum number required for this class, we reserve the right to cancel. Full refunds will be offered in these circumstances.