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STA Water Safety Bronze - Course Criteria

T Shirt
Shorts
Jumper
Long Trousers
Clothing Requirements
Y
Y
N
N
This test should be taken in deep water, buoyancy aids may Not be used unless otherwise stated.

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.

STA Water Safety Silver - Course Criteria

T Shirt
Shorts
Jumper
Long Trousers
Clothing Requirements
Y
Y
Y
N
This test should be taken in deep water, buoyancy aids may Not be used unless otherwise stated.

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.

STA Water Safety Gold - Course Criteria

T Shirt
Shorts
Jumper
Long Trousers
Clothing Requirements
Y
N
Y
Y
This test should be taken in deep water, buoyancy aids may Not be used unless otherwise stated.

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.

 


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