Boat Rescue (8-10 hr.) provides lifesaving knowledge and rescue
ability for those engaged in small craft activities. Boat Rescue is
designed for those who are already skilled in handling their
Training emphasizes self-rescue techniques, recognition of
emergencies, factors in rescue craft performance and proper
emergency response procedures. Since boat rescue techniques vary
considerably with the type of craft and the wind and weather
conditions, the requirements of the award specify the type of
victim, rather than the method of rescue.
Prerequisites: Swimming and craft-handling
Evaluation & certification: The Boat Rescue
Instructor evaluates all items (in open water conditions) and
Candidate recognition: Boat Rescue Award crest,
Knowledge: Through practical activities,
demonstrate an understanding of the purposes of the practical items
included in this award and relate them to the craft(s) of
- an understanding of the Lifesaving Society "slogan": Reach,
Throw, Row, Go, Tow
- the increasing degree of risk to the rescuer as one experiences
more complex rescue situations
- knowledge of buoyancy of various types of craft (both upright
and capsized) and how this relates to survival and rescue
- appropriate procedural steps in rescues involving small
- methods of manoeuvring rescue craft into the best possible
position for rescue under various weather (and craft seaworthiness)
- knowledge of types of PFDs and lifejackets suitable (and
approved) for small craft use, and how they affect survival and
- hypothermia: effects, recognition, prevention, care,
implication for rescuer performance and decision-making
- rescue breathing: principles, adaptations, and follow-up
Self rescue skills: Demonstrate the following
while wearing clothing appropriate to the boating activity (e.g.,
shirt, pants or shorts, windbreaker or shell, shoes):
- Don PFD or lifejacket while treading water.
- HELP & Huddle positions wearing PFD or lifejacket.
- Removal of clothing.
- Treading water or survival floating - 3 min.
- Reaching & throwing assists from a craft.
- Rescue of non-breathing victim.
- Towing rescue of clothed victim (crew overboard) - 20 m or
- Rescue of unconscious victim - 20 m or yd.