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Junior Lifesaving is a 3 level program including Junior Lifesaver 101, Junior Lifesaver 102 and Junior Lifesaver 103. Each level covers different fitness activities and lifesaving skills and activities. These, as well as the requirements, are listed below. Become a junior lifesaver today!

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Junior Lifesaving

Junior Lifesaver 101

Fitness Activities

Tread water 1 min with 101b object.

25m head-up approach into foot-first surface dive to retrieve 10lb object and removal of object at exit point.

Swim a 100m individual medley in 3 min. or less.

Swim 400m in 12 min. or less.

5m head-up approach into a head-first surface dive, retrieval of object and eggbeater 5m back to start point

Lifesaving Skills and Water Safety

Head- and Foot-first entries (front dive, shallow dive, stride entry and compact jump)

Perform backward roll entry and a huddle for 1 min.

Recover an unconscious victim from deep water.

Find and count pulse and respiration rates on self and a partner.

Simulate the appearance of a weak swimmer, a non-swimmer, an unconscious victim, and an injured swimmer.

Recognize the difference between a weak/tired swimmer, non-swimmer, unconscious victim and injured swimmer.

Locate a submerged object within 30sec.

Perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer

Rescue and remove an unconscious, non-breathing victim in deep water.

Junior Lifesaver 101 Requirements

Fitness Activities

1. In deep water, support self for 3 minutes during which support a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object for 1 minute.

2. Demonstrate a 25 m head-up approach into a foot-first surface dive to retrieve a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object (maximum depth 2 m). Carry object to point of entry. Exit water.

3. Swim a 100m individual medley in 3 min. or less, as follows: 25 m of each of lifesaving kick (legs only: includes whip kick, eggbeater, scissor kick or inverted scissor kick), backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.

4. Swim 400 m in 12 min. or better, using freestyle or any combination of strokes of the swimmer’s choice.

5. Demonstrate a 5 m head-up approach into a head-first surface dive to retrieve object from a depth between 2 and 3 m. Surface with object and eggbeater kick 5 m to start point.

Lifesaving Skills and Water Safety

6. In deep water, demonstrate deep and shallow head- and foot-first entries from a height (max. 1 m). Entries include: front, deep and shallow dives, stride entries, and compact jumps. Student should recognise when and where they would perform these entries.

7. Backward roll entry with PFD. Swim 10-15m. Form a huddle for 1 min. with 2 or more others.

8. Demonstrate ability to recover an unconscious victim from deep water to the surface & carry to nearest point of safety.

9. Demonstrate ability to find and count pulse and respiration rates on a partner. Demonstrate ability to find and count own pulse.

10. Demonstrate ability to simulate in the water the appearance of a weak swimmer, a non-swimmer, an unconscious victim and an injured victim.

11. Demonstrate ability to recognize the difference between a weak swimmer and a non-swimmer; and to recognize an unconscious and an injured victim.

12. Walk the perimeter of the aquatic facility to locate a submerged object within 30 sec.

13. With a partner, perform a low-risk rescue of a non-swimmer or a victim with minimal contact. Students should approach victim in the reverse-and-ready position.

14. Rescue an unconscious, non-breathing victim in deep water. Return with the victim to the poolside. Untrained bystanders assist in victim removal.

Junior Lifesaving 102

Fitness Activities

Swim head-up 6 x 25 m

Tread water 11/2min with 10lb object.

20m head-up approach with surface dive to recover submerged victim and return to starting point.

Swim a 200m individual medley in 6 min. or less.

Swim 500m in 15 min. or less.

Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, requiring a 20m approach and 20m return

Lifesaving Skills and Water Safety

Demonstrate accuracy in throwing buoyant aids

Simulate self-rescue techniques

Demonstrate 3 defences and 3 releases

Assess an aquatic environment

Recover and immobilize a conscious breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury in shallow water

Perform a logical underwater search

Perform a non-contact rescue of a non-swimmer

Perform a rescue of a non-breathing victim located in deep water, 5 m from a point of safety.

Junior Lifesaving 102 Requirements

Fitness Activities

1. Swim head-up 6 x 25 m maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Check your pulse after the last repeat.

2. In deep water, support self for 5 minutes during which support a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object for 11/2 minutes.

3. Starting in the water, demonstrate 20 m head-up approach, surface dive to recover a submerged victim or manikin, and return to the starting point using a control carry to support and carry the victim.

4. Swim a 200m individual medley in 6 min. or less, as follows: 50 m of each of lifesaving kick (legs only: includes whip kick, eggbeater, scissor kick or inverted scissor kick), backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.

5. Swim 500 m in 15 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.

6. Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, requiring a 20m approach and 20m return. The situation is designed to require either a contact or non-contact rescue with emphasis on victim recognition and appropriate care.

Lifesaving Skills and Water Safety

7. Demonstrate accuracy in throwing buoyant aids. Throw a distance of 8 m placing the aid within 1 m of the centre of a target 3 times out of 4.

8. Simulate self-rescue techniques for the following circumstances:

a) Ice

b) Moving water

c) Swamped or capsized boat

9. Demonstrate 3 defences from the front, side, and rear and 3 releases from the front, side, and rear. Assume a ready position and communicate verbally after each defence or release.

10. Walk around an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing activities, and where appropriate, model safe aquatic leisure choices.

11. Recover and immobilize a conscious breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury in shallow water. Demonstrate recovery and immobilization with both a face-up and a face-down victim. Recruit and direct bystanders to assist.

12. Perform a logical underwater search of a specified area to maximum depth of 3 m.

13. Perform a non-contact rescue in an aquatic situation designed to emphasize a low-risk rescue, victim care, removals with bystander assistance, and follow-up including contact with EMS.

14. Perform a rescue of a non-breathing victim located in deep water, 5 m from a point of safety. The situation involves an unsupervised environment and is designed to emphasize victim care, removals with bystander assistance, and follow-up including contact with EMS.

Junior Lifesaver 103

Fitness Activities

Swim head-up for 2 sets of 6 x 25 m

Tread water 2 min. with 10lb object.

50 m head-up approach to a victim or manikin, and then tow the victim 50 m to safety.

Swim a 200m individual medley in 5 min. or less.

Swim 600m in 18 min. or less.

Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, requiring a 50m approach and 50m return

Lifesaving Skills and Water Safety

Assess, evaluate and correct an aquatic environment.

Recover and immobilize a face-down breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury found in deep water.

Organize and perform a logical underwater search.

Perform a rescue involving 2 or more victims.

Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing, and pulseless victim.

Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a situation in which there are 2 rescuers. The rescue requires a 50 m approach and a 50 m return.

Perform a rescue of a victim suffering injuries. The rescue requires a 20 m approach and a 20 m return.

Junior Lifesaver 103 Requirements

Fitness Activities

1. Swim head-up for 2 sets of 6 x 25 m while maintaining a consistent pace and work-to-rest ratio. Rest for 1 minute between sets. Check your pulse after the last repeat in each set.

2. In deep water, support self for 6 minutes during which support a 4.5 kg (10 lb.) object for 2 minutes.

3. Starting on a deck, dock, or beach, demonstrate an entry and swim a 50 m head-up approach with a shoulder loop and line or rescue tube to a passive victim or manikin, and then tow the victim 50 m to safety.

4. Swim a 200m individual medley in 5 min. or less, as follows: 50 m of each of lifesaving kick (legs only: includes whip kick, eggbeater, scissor kick or inverted scissor kick), backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.

5. Swim 600 m in 18 minutes or better using any combination of strokes of the candidate’s choice.

6. Perform a rescue of a distressed or drowning victim in open water, requiring a 50m approach and 50m return. The situation is designed to require either a contact or non-contact rescue with emphasis on victim recognition and appropriate care.

Lifesaving Skills and Water Safety

7. Walk an aquatic environment scene, evaluate the ongoing activities, and demonstrate how to educate peers about safe aquatic leisure choices. Evaluate and correct, where appropriate, hazardous conditions in unsupervised areas.

8. Recover and immobilize a face-down breathing victim with a suspected cervical spinal injury found in deep water. Transport to shallow water. Recruit and direct a trained bystander to assist.

9. Using bystanders, organize a logical underwater search of an area with both shallow and deep water to maximum depth of 3 metres.

10. Perform a rescue involving 2 or more victims. One victim requires rescuer assistance, while the other victim(s) can follow directions for self-rescue and assist as bystanders once at the point of safety. The situation is designed to emphasize communication skills, victim care, removals, and follow-up including contact with EMS.

11. Perform a rescue of a submerged, non-breathing, and pulseless victim. The situation is designed to emphasize victim care, removal, and follow-up including contact with EMS.

12. Perform a rescue of an injured victim in a situation in which there are 2 rescuers. The rescue requires a 50 m approach and a 50 m return. The situation is designed to emphasize either contact or non-contact rescues, victim care, removals, and follow-up including contact with EMS.

13. Perform a rescue of a victim suffering injuries or conditions in a situation that emphasizes rescuer response to deteriorating circumstances and requires the use of bystanders. The rescue requires a 20 m approach and a 20 m return.