The RLSS have a number of Lifesaving awards suitable for everyone. All the Lifesaving awards are listed below with some information about each award. A more in-depth description may be available by clicking on the name of each award if it is underlined.
Rookie Lifeguard – This is a series of awards from Bronze 1 through to Gold 3 for 8 to 13 year olds. The awards are suitable for children of all abilities, with a number of exciting bolt-ons such as the paddleboard and beach activity awards. Each award comes with certificate and badge. The awards teach self rescue techniques, water safety skills and knowledge as well as how to deal with emergency response situations. Once the young person completes Gold 3, they will be in a strong position to start training for the Survive and Save Awards.
Lifesaving 1, 2 & 3 – The awards cover basic lifesaving skills and knowledge. These 3 awards can be incorporated into GCSE PE classes in swimming and into the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award program.
Heritage Bronze Medallion – This is the main senior lifesaving award that incorporates lifesaving and life support skills. The award develops the candidates fitness, lifesaving and life support knowledge, skills and judgement. This is award is suitable for those aged 13+ or those aged 12 who have a Lifesaving 3, Rookie Gold 3 or Assistant Beach Lifeguard Award on the date of the Heritage Bronze Medallion assessment. NB: This award will no longer be available after 31st December 2012, due to the introduction of the new senior awards – the Survive and Save Programme.
Heritage Award of Merit – This award follows the Heritage Bronze Medallion in the progression of senior lifesaving awards. The award further develops the skills and knowledge learnt in the Heritage Bronze Medallion so that the candidate is proficient in lifesaving. The award is for those aged 14+ on the day of the assessment and they must have or have held a Heritage Bronze Medallion award and have a current Life Support or higher award. NB: This award will no longer be available after 31st December 2012, due to the introduction of the new senior awards – the Survive and Save Programme.
Heritage Distinction – This award is awarded to those who have excellent knowledge, understanding and practical lifesaving skills. The award requires the candidate to have or have held the Heritage Award of Merit and Silver Cross (open water) awards and have a current Life Support or higher award. The award can be taken by those aged 14 or above on the day of the assessment. This is the highest lifesaving award normally attained by members. NB: This award will no longer be available after 31st December 2012, due to the introduction of the new senior awards – the Survive and Save Programme.
Diploma – This is the highest lifesaving award from the RLSS. The award requires the candidate to submit a comprehensive report on a relevant lifesaving topic. The award recognises the dedication of the member to the society, their expertise and their knowledge of their project. For more details, please contact the Commonwealth Office.