The Lifesaving Fitness award teaches the importance of physical fitness in lifesaving. Through this award, designed for participants of all ages and both sexes, participants learn how to measure, monitor and maintain personal physical fitness for lifesaving emergencies.

Prerequisites: 30 years of age and under, or medical approval.

Evaluation: All items are evaluated by a Lifesaving Society instructor. To achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold, candidates must successfully perform all items at that level.

Test items:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate and improve strength and endurance for lifesaving and other physical activity.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate intensity and personal strength.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to perform rescue breathing for a period of 3 minutes at poolside or dockside (with both you and the victim in deep water) with a victim of your choice or with a suitable device (manikin or equivalent).
  4. Swim 25 m using any stroke, with a dive start.
  5. Swim 200 m using any stroke, with a dive start.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to get out of the water onto a pool deck or dock using only your arms to lift yourself from the water and placing one foot on the deck or the dock.
  7. While treading water, hold a 4.5 kg object at the surface with one or two hands.
  8. Recover 9 kg object located at a depth of 3 m and at a distance of 3 m from dockside or poolside. Surface, carry the object and place it on the dock or deck.
  9. Start with both you and the victim in the water. Tow a passive victim 50 m with a suitable buoyant device (ring buoy, kickboard, rescue can or tube, etc.).