Ability is the only prerequisite for the Canadian Swim Patrol program. The content is challenging but achievable with effort. The Star Patrol award demands good physical conditioning for timed swims and workouts; this award also demands lifesaving judgement for whistle signals, and airway and bleeding first aid priorities. This award is excellent preparation for the Bronze Star award.

Prerequisites: Ability to swim.

Evaluation: All items in Star Patrol are instructor-evaluated.

Test items:

H2O Proficiency

  1. Demonstrate the following:
    1. Shallow and deep dives.
    2. AT LEAST TWO different entries with different aids.
  2. Entry with an aid and swim 25 m, head-up freestyle or breaststroke. Assume the ready position and demonstrate the ability to scull forward and backward, and to turn.
  3. Demonstrate defence methods from the front, side and rear.
  4. Demonstrate the eggbeater kick, showing the ability to travel and to change direction and height levels.
  5. Demonstrate legs-only for 25 m, with a 4.5 kg object, using any choice of a lifesaving kick.
  6. Demonstrate a roll-in entry, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Swim 5 m and don a personal flotation device (PFD), and assume the heat escape lessening position (HELP position) for 30 seconds.
  7. Support a 4.5 kg object at the surface for at least 2 minutes, in deep water.
  8. Demonstrate the removal of an unconscious victim, with the assistance of an untrained bystander.
  9. Demonstrate a head-up approach into a head-first surface dive, to a maximum depth of 2 m. Swim underwater for 5–10 m and then surface. Demonsatrate a foot-first surface dive (maximum depth of 2 m), recover an object and return it to your starting point.
  10. Demonstrate, in shallow water, the ability to turn a victim face-up and to support his or her face above the surface.
  11. Complete a 600 m workout at least three times during the training course. Warm-up: 25 m lifesaving kick, 50 m backstroke, 50 m breaststroke and 50 m freestyle; stroke drills: 5 x 25 m; work set: 4 x 50 m in 90 seconds; and cool down: 100 m.
  12. Swim 300 m in 9 minutes or better, using freestyle or any combination of strokes.

First Aid

  1. Demonstrate primary assessment, including the cause of injury and scene assessment, using observation of the scene and information obtained from bystanders.
  2. Demonstrate primary assessment and appropriate care for external bleeding.
  3. Simulate the treatment of an unconscious victim with an obstructed airway.
  4. Perform a rescue of a victim with one or more of the following conditions: unconsciousness, non-breathing, vomiting, and obstructed airway (conscious or unconscious victim).

Recognition and Rescue

  1. Demonstrate the ability to perform and recognize whistle signals.
  2. Perform a rescue of a weak swimmer or non-swimmer, with a towing aid. Swim a 20 m approach and tow the victim to safety, showing the ability to avoid contact. Perform appropriate follow-up procedures, including treatment for shock.