STA Water Safety Skills: Bronze - Course Criteria

This test should be taken in deep water, buoyancy aids may Not be used unless
otherwise stated. Candidates Must pass all sections to be awarded the badge.

1. Perform a safe entry, wearing T-shirt and shorts, swim 100 metres on
the front, collect a buoyancy aid and show the H.E.L.P position for 1 minute
then swim 50 metres with the aid and climb out unassisted

2. Tread water for 3 minutes wearing T-shirt and shorts

3. Float in a supine position for 1 minute wearing T-shirt and shorts

4. Perform a feet first surface dive wearing T-shirt & shorts and swim 5 metres underwater

5. Perform a headfirst surface dive wearing T-shirt & shorts and swim 5 metres underwater

6. Swim 25 Metres sidestroke

7. Simulate the actions of a weak swimmer

8. Perform a reaching rescue using appropriate aid

9. Perform a throwing rescue over 8 metres using an appropriate buoyancy aid

10. Explain three safety rules at the swimming pool

Additional Clothing is required for this course

STA Water Safety Skills: Silver - Course Criteria

This test should be taken in deep water, buoyancy aids may Not be used
unless otherwise stated. Candidates Must pass all sections to be awarded the badge.

1. Perform a safe entry, wearing T-shirt and shorts, swim 200 metres on the front,
Tread water for three minutes, collect a buoyancy aid and show the huddle
position for 2 minutes then swim 100 metres with the aid and climb out unaided

2. Tread water for 2 minutes wearing T-shirt, long sleeved sweater or sweatshirt
and shorts

3. Float in a supine position for 1 minute wearing T-shirt, long sleeved sweater
or sweatshirt and shorts

4. Perform a head first & feet first surface dive wearing T-shirt, long sleeved
sweater or sweatshirt and shorts whilst in deep water

5. Swim 10 metres lifesaving backstroke and 20 metres sidestroke

6. Simulate the actions of a injured swimmer with head injury and then an arm injury

7. Perform a throw rescue over 8 metres using an appropriate rope

8. Wade 5 metres to rescue an injured swimmer using an appropriate buoyancy aid

9. Explain the H.E.L.P. and Huddle position and when and why would they be used

Additional Clothing is required for this course

STA Water Safety Skills: Gold - Course Criteria

This test should be taken in deep water, buoyancy aids may Not be used
unless otherwise stated. Candidates Must pass all sections to be awarded the badge.

1. Swim 200 metres wearing T-shirt, Long sleeved sweatshirt or pullover, &
Long trousers, tread water for 2 minutes waving one arm to attract attention
and 2 minutes normally, collect a buoyancy aid, show help for 1 minute and
huddle for 2 minutes then swim 200 metres with the aid and climb out unassisted

2. Perform a feet first surface dive and swim 5 metres underwater wearing T-shirt,
Long sleeved sweatshirt or pullover, & Long trousers, or tracksuit bottoms

3. Perform a headfirst surface dive and swim 5 metres underwater wearing T-shirt,
Long sleeved sweatshirt or pullover, & Long trousers, or tracksuit bottoms

4. Remove Long sleeved sweatshirt or pullover, & Long trousers, or tracksuit
bottoms whilst in deep water

5. Swim 25 metres lifesaving backstroke

6. Swim 25 metres sidestroke leading with right arm then 25 metres sidestroke leading with left arm

7. Simulate a weak swimmer becoming tired and unresponsive

8. Rescue a co-operative weak swimmer, 10 metres away using a buoyancy aid,
by passing them the aid, keeping a safe distance and accompanying them back 10
metres to safety, and assist them out onto the poolside.

9. Rescue a tired swimmer becoming unresponsive, 15 metres away using a
buoyancy aid by pushing the aid towards them and instructing them to grasp it,
tow them back 15 metres to safety, assist them out onto the poolside

10. Explain three methods you could use to help if you discovered somebody in difficulty

Additional Clothing is required for this course

 
   
   
 
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