Life Saving Course Singapore
The Lifesaving Awards Syllabus
Lifesaving 1, 2 & 3 Awards
(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
(2) Registered Lifesaving Examiners may examine
their own students in Lifesaving 1, 2 and 3 Awards.
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
The use of swimming goggles is acceptable for
the following lifesaving examination:
(a) Fitness Rescue tests in all awards;
(b) Swimming tests in all
Safety Guidelines for Lifesaving Trainings
The SLSS imposes some rules to ensure the
safety of Candidates ‘Casualty’, Trainers and Examiners.
Followings are to be observed at all times.
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
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
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
• Entering Water by
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
• 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
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.
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
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
• Safety Crew, First Aid and
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
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
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
• 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