Survive & Save Programme
The YLSC Survive & Save sessions are held on a Thursday evening between 7.30pm and 9.45pm and are for children aged above 12 - 13 years. The RLSS UK Survive & Save programme builds on previous lifesaving award schemes whilst introducing new elements into our constantly changing environment. Classes are taught by our volunteer Survive & Save Instructors and Trainer/Assessors, and are based around the syllabus of the RLSS UK Survive & Save programme.
The RLSS UK Survive & Save programme allows candidates to develop their lifesaving skills over 3 levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The programme has 4 strands for candidates to develop their life saving skills –
Medallion – This award combines the beach and open water skills and train them in the pool. The pool environment is the most convenient and safest place for candidates to refine the lifesaving skills they are taught.
Sport – This award gives candidates the opportunity to challenge their lifesaving skills against the clock. When completing these awards candidates will also learn about fin swimming, manikin carries and tows, and diving under obstacles. This award also opens up the opportunity to compete in lifesaving competitions.
Beach – This award specialise candidates skills to the beach environment. As well as practicing the skills in this challenging environment candidates will learn about tides, rip currents, longshore currents, waves and much more.
Stillwater - This award specialise candidates skills to be used in lakes and other inland water environments. Information about hydraulics, strainers, cushion waves, eddies, locks and much more is included.
Once complete, members are awarded the certificates and medallions at our annual Awards Evening.
Other awards in the programme include:
Life Support Award: Life Support is now the base pre-requisite for all senior lifesaving awards. In order to gain this award candidates must demonstrate effective CPR on a manikin, turn a live casualty, show action for vomiting and demonstrate the recovery position and also be able to treat bleeding, choking and shock. It is valid for a 24 months period and must be valid when taking any of the below awards.
Life Support 3: Life Support 3 builds on the skills demonstrated during the Life Support Qualification. It is a much more involved qualification where candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent level of competence while performing CPR on an adult, child and infant manikin, turn a live casualty, showing actions for vomiting, and the recovery position. Candidates also need to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrest, bleeding, choking, shock, hypothermia and drowning. Also included is unknown incident training.