Award Structure of Irish Water Safety Classes

Swim Awards (since 2014 there are 10 Seal & 10 Marlin awards)
The corresponding new award for the old swim award is as follows:
  • Splash   = Seal 1
  • Swim 1 = Seal 2
  • Swim 2 = Marlin 6
  • Swim 3 = Marlin 7/8
  • Swim 4 = Marlin 9
  • Swim 5 = Marlin 10

Graded tests for beginners with emphasis on personal safety.

 
Challenge Awards (1,2)
Graded test to increase stamina and introduce swimming whilst clothed.
 
Safety Awards (1-4)
Graded tests to improve the introductory aspect of rescue.
 
Endurance / Survival Awards (1,2)
Graded tests with the emphasis on self-rescue and physical fitness.
900/1,100m swims
 
Rescue Awards (1-4)
Graded tests of the four components necessary for successful rescues - skill, knowledge, judgement, and fitness. Candidates must be 12 years to do Rescue 1.
 
Basic Life Support Awards (1-3)
Tests of Basic Life Support knowledge and of vital follow up procedures.
 
Specialist Awards     
Special category tests for those wishing to pursue a particular field of activity.
  • Pool Lifeguard - must be 16 years and have at least Rescue 2
  • Beach Lifeguard - must be 16 years and have at least Rescue 2 & BLS 3
  • Assistant Instructor - must be 17 years & have Rescue 2
  • Instructor
  • Examiner
  • Competition Referee
  • Beach Risk Assessor 
  • Tutor/provider of specialist awards
 

 

 

 

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