Awards

Rookie Awards

The club offers the RLSS UK’s comprehensive Rookie training scheme. The scheme has been developed into a series of awards that introduce junior members of the club to water safety, self-rescue and emergency response. The awards allow students to gain badges whilst progressing through the various levels. In addition, the awards also introduce more specialist skills including using snorkels, torpedo buoys and throw ropes, as well as how communicate effectively with causalities.

These skills also prepare the junior members for the more advanced techniques that are required for the higher awards such as the Bronze Medallion, Award of Merit and Distinction. There are no pre-requisites for the Rookie scheme. However, as a club we ask that your child is able to swim approximately 10 meters.

Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3

These awards introduce the basic skills for lifesaving and is good preparation for those considering the Bronze Medallion award.  Just the same as the Rookie award scheme these three awards are teacher assessed rather than requiring an external examiner coming in to assess the students.  These awards also cover the GCSE Swimming requirements for PE as well as the Bronze level for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

There are no pre-requisites for these awards so you can start at this level rather than having to complete the Rookie scheme.

Life Support & Life Support 3

The aim of the Life Support award is to establish a competent level of knowledge and skills to administer life support for a variety of different situations.  This includes being able to diagnose and treat casualties that are choking, bleeding and suffering from shock as well as being able to perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how these techniques differ between adult, child and baby casualties.

The aim of the Life Support 3 award is to establish excellent levels of knowledge and skills when administering life support to casualties.  In a similar way to the Life Support award, candidates will have to be able diagnose and treat a number of conditions including choking, bleeding, shock, drowning and hypothermia.  Life support 3 is the highest life support accreditation that the RLSS currently offers.

To gain either of these awards, the candidate will have to demonstrate the skills to an examiner via an oral and practical examination, which will normally be carried out on a club night.  There are no prerequisites for either of these awards, but there are additional exam fee, which are listed on our prices page.

Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion award is the first of the higher awards that we offer members of our club. This award is recognised as the RLSS flagship award for lifesaving. Candidates will develop their personal fitness, knowledge, skill and judgement about various different lifesaving techniques. To achieve the Bronze Medallion, each candidate will have to demonstrate their knowledge and lifesaving skills to an examiner through a series of different scenarios.

There are two pre-requisites for this award:

  • You must be at least 13 years old
  • You must currently hold either a Life Support award or a Life Support 3 award

As with the Life Support awards there is an additional exam fee, which is listed on our prices pages.  Upon successfully completing your exam you will receive a medallion and certificate stating the date that you achieved your Bronze Medallion.

Award of Merit

This award builds upon the knowledge and techniques that each candidate were taught whilst training for their Bronze Medallion.  Each candidate will be required to demonstrate a greater level of understanding, reasoning and application of the various different lifesaving techniques.  Furthermore, the exam will also require a higher level of fitness than the Bronze Medallion required, as many of the rescues are performed over longer distances.

There are three pre-requisites for this award:

  • You must be at least 15 years old
  • You must currently hold or have held a Bronze Medallion award
  • You must currently hold either a Life Support or Life Support 3 award

As with the Bronze Medallion and Life Support awards there is an exam fee, which is listed on our prices pages.  Upon successfully completing your Award of Merit exam you will receive a medallion.

Distinction

This award again builds on the skills and techniques that the candidate has already learnt from the Bronze Medallion and Award of Merit awards.  This award is the highest award of the RLSS and as such is the most prestigious award that the society offers.  Each candidate will again be required to take an oral and practical examination, during which they will have to demonstrate an excellent level of knowledge and the application of the various different lifesaving skills that the syllabus covers, including the implications that each of the techniques has on both the casualty and rescuer.  In addition, the candidate’s fitness will be tested again with all the rescues being performed over longer distances than those used in the Bronze Medallion and Award of Merit.

There are four pre-requisites for this award:

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • You must currently hold or have held an Award of Merit
  • You must currently hold a Life Support 3 award
  • You must currently hold or have held a Silver Cross award

As with all the higher awards there is an exam fee, which is listed on our prices page.

Bronze Cross

This award is different from the other water-based awards i.e. Bronze Medallion, Award of Merit and Distinction. This award cannot be taken in a pool, but must be taken in open water such as the sea. We use a number of different beaches in Kent for these awards so it gives people the chance to learn about different locations and apply their knowledge.  Each candidate will be taught the general techniques to help them identify and deal with dangers in open water, as well as more specific training on the beach that the exam is running on.  Furthermore the candidate will also gain experience of dealing with rescues in the open environment such as how the wind affects throwing aids to casualties as well as the cold.  An examiner will again test each candidate using a series of oral questions and practical scenarios, which will allow them to demonstrate their lifesaving skills.

There are three pre-requisites for this award:

  • You must be at least 14 years old
  • You must currently hold or have held a Bronze Medallion
  • You must currently hold a life support 1 award.

As with all the higher awards there is an exam fee, which is listed on our prices page.

Silver Cross

This award follows on from the Bronze Cross and is another open water based exam.  The candidate will be required to show a proficient level of skill in performing open water rescues.  As with the Bronze Cross award, we use a number of different beaches in Kent to allow candidates to learn about different locations, which they may visit outside of the club.

There are four pre-requisites to this award:

  • You must be at least 14 years old
  • You must currently hold or have held a Bronze Medallion
  • You must currently hold or have held a Bronze Cross
  • You must currently hold a Life Support or Life Support 3 award

As with all the higher awards there is an exam fee, which is listed on our prices page.

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Canterbury Lifesaving Club are based in Canterbury every Wednesday Evening at Kingsmead Leisure Centre. We teach the Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaving awards for all ages

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