Life Saving Course Singapore

The Lifesaving Awards Syllabus

Lifesaving 1, 2 & 3 Awards Examinations

(1) Registered Lifesaving Instructors and Teachers are eligible to examine their own students in Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3 Awards if they have completed a special examination course or workshop approved by the SLSS.

(2) Registered Lifesaving Examiners may examine their own students in Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3 Awards.

Minimum Age Limits

For all lifesaving examinations, the candidate may be accepted if he attains the minimum age in the year of the examination notwithstanding that he may be below the minimum age on the day of the examination.

Limit on Lifesaving Examination To Be Attempted Per Day:-

Not more than 2 water based exams should be conducted in a day and within a lapse of 4 hours with the exception of Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3 examinations.

Use of Swimming Goggles During Lifesaving Examination

The use of swimming goggles is acceptable for the following lifesaving examination:

(a) Fitness Rescue tests in all awards; and

(b) Swimming tests in all awards.

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Safety Guidelines for Lifesaving Trainings and Examinations

The SLSS imposes some rules to ensure the safety of Candidates ‘Casualty’, Trainers and Examiners. Followings are to be observed at all times.

Medical Considerations

Training involves physical exertion in both pool and open-water environments and some medical conditions can affect ability and performance in the water. Although our tropical water temperature allows the pursuit of aquatic activities throughout the year, however, prolonged exposure during a hot day or cold weather may invite adverse medical effect, i.e. heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sun burn, hypothermia and etc..

If a candidate has any medical condition that might impair them they would be advised to consult their doctor before undertaking the training course or examination. A trainee should inform his trainer if he has any long-term medical condition, e.g. asthma, arthritis etc or if he needs medication at any time during the training, e.g antibiotics, pain relief. These situations may affect one’s performance and in some circumstances, may result in severe medical consequence. The information will be kept in confidence, but others who need to know (fellow Trainers and Examiners etc.) will be advised.


Minimum of appropriate swim wear, shorts/T-Shirt, footwear, additional protective outfit (i.e. stinger/wetsuit) and/or with recognized workplace uniform, where appropriate and applicable.

Footwear may be discarded during swim rescues if it is safe to do so. For pursuit of open-water training/examination, a high visibility lifeguard cap or swim cap must always be worn.

Cleansing Manikins

When using manikins ensure they are properly cleansed before and after they are being used. Usually some sterilizing wipes are available for this purpose.

Jewellery and Clothing

Jewelry including body jewelry must be removed during training and examination. A trainer/examiner will insist that jewelry is removed as it may be hazardous for the candidate or person acting as casualty.

Entering Water by Diving

When entering the water a safe entry appropriate for the circumstances must be demonstrated. When diving, a shallow dive may be used. However, candidates should be able to dive, without risk to their hearing, to a maximum depth of 1.5m or 1.8m. It may be appropriate for candidates to seek medical advice with regard to diving to depths greater than 1.5m or 1.8m. Trainers and Examiners MUST advise candidates of the dangers inherent in diving to depths greater than 1.5m or 1.8m.

Diving to Depths

You should be aware that there may be a risk of damage to your hearing by diving to depths greater than 1.5 metre. All dives are undertaken at your own risk. If you are unsure, please discuss with your Trainer or Examiner.

Spectacles, Goggles and Contact Lenses

To avoid injury the wearing of spectacles in the water by a candidate or ‘casualty’ during swimming sessions or examinations is not permitted. Spectacles may be worn in theory tests and to view practical tests. Where a candidate wears spectacles, these may be removed prior to entering the water. Candidates are responsible for and should make suitable arrangement for their safe keeping.

Contact lenses may be worn for training and assessment (where applicable) at the discretion of the candidate. The SLSS recommends that candidates seek advice from their doctor or optician.

In line with medical advice, goggles can be worn by candidates during both training and assessment (where applicable) for lifesaving awards:

- You need to be aware of the relative risks associated with goggles. Goggles should be put on and removed by holding the lenses in place over the eyes whilst carefully adjusting the elasticized strap at the back of the head.

- Care should be taken to ensure that goggles are adjusted correctly and do not become dislodged or dragged when catering the water.

Landing and Lifting

When lifting or landing a ‘casualty’, an assisted lift shall always be demonstrated.

Water/Climatic Information

Knowledge of the water (open-water) and weather conditions should be obtained in prior from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Meteorological Service.

Safety Guidelines Prior to Conducting Open-Water Trainings and Examinations

Liaison with Beach Operator

SAFETY is a vital element of beach training and examination. Where possible, a regular lifeguard patrol area must be identified with a sheltered area mainly for protection against the weather element.

In the absence of lifeguard patrol service, the trainer is to ensure that the safety crew is adequately deployed to safeguard the candidates’ safety at all times. The foreshore should be checked for suitable point of entry and exit. Trainers are advised to contact the beach operator (where appropriate) and to liaise with them to ensure that swimming activities are safe at the venue.


The safety of candidates, Trainers and Examiners is of paramount importance. Personal buoyancy aids/lifejackets should always be worn when appropriate. The trainer must ensure that there is always adequate safety cover for all water based activities.

Safety Crew, First Aid and Communication

The services of experienced beach lifeguards should be obtained as necessary. There must be a rescue capability to effect a simultaneous rescue of everyone in the water should this became necessary. Adequate safety provision must be made for all swimmers moving outwards from the shoreline. This may include a rescue craft, or rescue board and be appropriate to the conditions.

Appropriate first aid and communications equipment must be provided to facilitate the training/examinations.

Environmental Elements and Provision of Care

A check of water and weather conditions, both before and during the assessment must be made.

Safety provision must include any warnings to other water users. Care should be given to other bathers, and taken when water frequented by boats, other watercraft or water skiers is used.

Candidates must remain in visual contact with the shore or safety boat throughout and should not be allowed to become widely separated from each other.

Water Depth

Ensure the Assessment Area at the beach has sufficient water depth for all parts of the assessment to be carried out.


Suitable craft and associated equipment must be provided in suitable numbers in relation to the number of candidates. Course members should have personal equipment including fins, snorkel mask, stinger/wetsuit, footwear and/or protective clothing, where appropriate/applicable.

Safety/SOP (Standard Operation Procedure / Rescue Plans) for Trainers and Examiners

Trainers are reminded to take into consideration all safety precautions. This is especially important with low water visibility with our local water

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