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Lifesaver Award

Lifesaver Award
Looking to build on your core first aid and lifesaving skills in a diving environment?

The Lifesaver Award assesses students’ lifesaving proficiency and diver rescue skills within a pool or sheltered water environment. The course also allows for additional or refresher training as required.
Holders of the Lifesaver Award will have demonstrated their lifesaving proficiency in diving and non-diving situations.

Entry requirement 
This award is open to anyone over the age of 12 and an Ocean Diver (or acceptable alternative).

What you’ll be assessed on
The Lifesaver Award is obtained by passing an examination which comprises of two sections – a dry theoretical and practical test and a wet practical test:
• Lifesaver theory covers the human body, diver rescue and basic life support.
• Lifesaver in-water skills includes towing and throwing

Additional training prior to the examination may be necessary and this can be delivered in the branch or centre prior to assessment

How to do this Award...

If you are a member:
You can do the Lifesaver Award either at a BSAC Regional Event, at a commercial BSAC Centre or in your BSAC club. Not all clubs run their own Lifesaver Award courses, please check with your Diving Officer if you are interested.

If you are not a BSAC member:
You can do this assessment at a BSAC Regional Event. Or you could do the assessment at a BSAC Centre.

Your next steps
After this assessment you could further your training by doing another Skill Development Courses (SDCs) such as the ones listed below. Or you could progress with a Diver Grade Course.
 
Advanced Lifesaver Award
Oxygen Administration
Practical Rescue Management
Automated External Defibrillator  

Useful links
Find a club near you using our 'Find It' tool
Find a Lifesaver Award Course

  
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BSAC Basic Life Support (BLS) guidelines

The following guidance update our guidance and procedures in light of current advice and guidance available from all relevant sources.