Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1929 (July) - Hints on Girl Guide Badges 12th edition - Life Saver Badge

1) Must swim 50 yards in clothes.  (Any stroke.  "Clothes" should consist of blouse, skirt, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.)
2) Must perform in the water two methods of life saving with release.  (These may be chosen by the candidate).
3) Must be able to float motionless (in any horizontal position) for 30 seconds.
4) Must swim 50 yards showing a good breast stroke, and two strokes to be chosen by the candidate.  (If side stroke is chosen, the top arm must be brought out of the water.)
5) Must pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath at a depth of not less than five feet.  (The brick may be wrapped in cloth.)
6) Must have one accepted method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

1930 POR - Lifesaver Badge


1) Must swim 50 yards in clothes.  (Any stroke, "Clothes" should consist of blouse, skirt, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.)

2) Must perform in the water two methods of life saving with release.  (These may be chosen by the candidate).

3) Must be able to float motionlessly (in any horizontal position) for 30 seconds.

4) Must swim 50 yards showing a good breast stroke, and two strokes to be chosen by the candidate.  (If side stroke is chosen, the op arm must be brought out of the water.)

5) Must pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath at a depth of not less than five feet.  (The brick may be wrapped in cloth.)

6) Must have one accepted method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

1931 POR - Lifesaver Badge


1) Must swim 50 yards in clothes.  (Any stroke, "Clothes" should consist of blouse, skirt, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.)

2) Must perform in the water two methods of life saving with release.  (These may be chosen by the candidate).

3) Must be able to float motionlessly (in any horizontal position) for 30 seconds.

4) Must swim 50 yards showing a good breast stroke, and two strokes to be chosen by the candidate.  (If side stroke is chosen, the op arm must be brought out of the water.)

5) Must pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath at a depth of not less than five feet.  (The brick may be wrapped in cloth.)

6) Must have one accepted method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

7) Must be able to throw a life-line.  (This may be done on shore.)

1932 POR - Life Saver Badge


1) Show Schafer method of artificial respiration and resuscitation, and treatment of the apparently drowned.

2) Swim at least 50 yards in clothes, blouse and skirt or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.

3) Perform in the water three methods of rescue and release (combined), as approved by the R. L. S. S., one to be done in clothes.

4) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than five feet.

5) Be able to put on a lifebuoy in the water and throw a life-line.

6) Swim at least 50 yards in good style, stroke to be chosen by candidate.

Note - Holders of the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society may be granted the Life Saver badge without further test.

1933 Hints on Girl Guide Badges - 15th Edition - Life Saver Badge

1) Show Schafer method of artificial respiration and resuscitation, and treatment of the apparently drowned.
2) Swim at least fifty yards in clothes, blouse and skirt or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.
3) Perform in the water three methods of rescue and release (combined), as approved by the R.L.S.S., one to be done in clothes.
4) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than five feet.
5) Be able to put on a lifebuoy in the water and throw a life-line.
6) Swim at least fifty yards in good style, stroke to be chosen by candidate.

1935 POR - Life Saver Badge


1) Show Schafer method of artificial respiration and resuscitation, and treatment of the apparently drowned.

2) Swim at least 50 yards in clothes, blouse and skirt or dress, knickers, stockings and rubber shoes.

3) Perform in the water three methods of rescue and release (combined), as approved by the R. L. S. S., one to be done in clothes.  In each of the three methods the subject should be carried twenty yards.

4) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than five feet and carry it to the side, swimming on the back, a distance not less than ten yards.

5) Be able to put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used).

6) Swim at least 50 yards in good style, stroke to be chosen by the candidate.

1938 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order: 

1) Be able to throw a life line.

2) Show Schafer method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  (Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.).

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes (consisting of the following, worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened.)  At the end of this swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards as approved by the R.L.S.S.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

7) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, using arms and legs, e)back stroke without use of arms, which should be folded, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

N.B. Guiders being tested for the Life Saver Badge and intending to use it for life-saving qualifications must go through the entire test in a limited time.  Holders of the bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society (renewed within 5 years) may be granted the Life Saver badge, providing they can swim in clothes and put on a lifebuoy in accordance with paras. 4. 5 and 8 above.

1938 Edition - Sea Sense (Sea Ranger Handbook) - this badge is available embroidered in blue, for Sea Rangers.

1939 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to reach a person 20 yards away

2) Show Schafer method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  (Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.).

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes (consisting of the following, worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened.)  At the end of this swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards as approved by the R.L.S.S.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

7) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, using arms and legs, e) back stroke without use of arms, which should be folded, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

N.B. Guiders being tested for the Life Saver Badge and intending to use it for life-saving qualifications must go through the entire test in a limited time.  Holders of the bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society (renewed within 5 years) may be granted the Life Saver badge, providing they can swim in clothes and put on a lifebuoy in accordance with paras. 4. 5 and 8 above.

1943 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yards away.

2) Show Schafer method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  (Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.)

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes (consisting of the following, worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened.)  At the end of this swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards as approved by the R.L.S.S.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined) towing the subject 20 yards.

7) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, using arms and legs, e) back stroke, with folded arms, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

Holders of the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society (renewed within 5 years) may be granted the Life Saver badge, providing they can swim in clothes and put on a lifebuoy in accordance with paras 4, 5 and 8 above.

1947 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yards away.

2) Show Schafer method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  (Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.)

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes (consisting of the following, worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened.)  At the end of this swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined) towing the subject 20 yards.

7) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, using arms and legs, e) back stroke, with folded arms, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

Holders of the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society (renewed within 5 years) may be granted the Life Saver badge, providing they can swim in clothes and put on a lifebuoy in accordance with paras 4, 5 and 8 above.

1950 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to reach a person at least 12 yards away.

2) Show Schafer method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  (Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.)

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes (consisting of the following, worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened.)  At the end of this swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined) towing the subject 20 yards.

7) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, using arms and legs, e) back stroke, with folded arms, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

Holders of the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society (renewed within 5 years) may be granted the Life Saver badge, providing they can swim in clothes and put on a lifebuoy in accordance with paras 4, 5 and 8 above.

1953 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to reach a person at least 12 yards away.

2) Show the Holger Nielsen method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  (Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.)

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes (consisting of the following, worn over a swimming costume: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers, stockings, rubber shoes.  The clothing should be of a normal nature, and be properly fastened.)  At the end of this swim the candidate may leave the water for the purpose of removing these clothes.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined) towing the subject 20 yards.

7) Pick up a brick from the bottom of the bath, at a depth of not less than 5 feet, and carry it to the side, holding it with both hands, and swimming on the back, a distance of not less than 10 yards.  The brick to be picked up by means of a proper surface dive, with both hands.  Diving off the side of the bath not allowed.  Should the candidate fail at the first attempt she should do it successfully upon the next two attempts.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, using arms and legs, e) back stroke, with folded arms, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

Holders of the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society (renewed within 5 years) may be granted the Life Saver badge, providing they can throw a lifeline, swim in clothes and put on a lifebuoy, in accordance with paras 1, 4, 5 and 8 above.

1957 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to a person at least 12 yds. away.

2) Demonstrate the Holger Nielsen method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  

Note: Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn, must be properly fastened, and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue (combined) towing the subject 20 yards.

7) By means of a surface dive, and using both hands, pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice consecutively.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, e) back stroke, with folded arms, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

Note: A holder of the R.L.S.S. Bronze Medal (renewed within five years) is exempt from clauses 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9.

1960 POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to a person at least 12 yds. away.

2) Demonstrate the Holger Nielsen method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  

Note: Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn, must be properly fastened, and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue, towing the subject 20 yards.

7) By means of a surface dive, and using both hands, pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice consecutively.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: a) breast stroke, b) side stroke, c) overarm side stroke, d) back stroke, e) back stroke, with folded arms, f) trudgeon, g) crawl.

Note: A holder of the R.L.S.S. Bronze Medal (renewed within five years) is exempt from clauses 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9.

1961 (July) POR - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to a person at least 12 yds. away.

2) Demonstrate the Holger Nielsen method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  

Note: Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn, must be properly fastened, and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue, towing the subject 20 yards.

7) By means of a surface dive, and using both hands, pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice consecutively.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: breast stroke; side stroke; overarm side stroke; back stroke; back stroke with folded arms; trudgeon; crawl.

Note: A holder of the R.L.S.S. Bronze Medal (renewed within five years) is exempt from clauses 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9.

1963 (February) POR Amendments - Life Saver Badge


The test to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to a person at least 12 yds. away.

2) Demonstrate the Holger Nielsen method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.  Have attended a demonstration of the expired air method of artificial respiration performed on film or film strip, or live by a qualified demonstrator.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  

Note: Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn, must be properly fastened, and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue, towing the subject 20 yards.

7) By means of a surface dive, and using both hands, pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice consecutively.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: breast stroke; side stroke; overarm side stroke; back stroke; back stroke with folded arms; trudgeon; crawl.

Note: A holder of the R.L.S.S. Bronze Medal (renewed within five years) is exempt from clauses 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9.

1964 (March) POR - Life Saver Badge


The test is to be carried out in the following order:

1) Throw a life line to a person at least 12 yds. away.

2) Demonstrate the Holger Nielsen method of resuscitation, and the treatment of the apparently drowned.  Have attended a demonstration of the expired air method of artificial respiration on film or film strip, or performed live by a qualified demonstrator.

3) Perform the land drill for the four methods of rescue and the three methods of release, as set out in the Handbook of the Royal Life Saving Society.  

Note: Complete words of command may be used, as for the Intermediate Certificate of the R.L.S.S.

4) Swim 50 yards in clothes

Note: The clothing must be similar to that normally worn, must be properly fastened, and consist of: blouse and skirt, or dress; knickers; stockings; and rubber shoes.  It may be worn over a bathing dress.

5) Perform in the water, in clothes, any one method of release and rescue (combined), towing the subject 20 yards.

After this clause the candidate may leave the water to remove the clothes.

6) Perform in the water the second and third methods of release and rescue, towing the subject 20 yards.

7) By means of a surface dive, and using both hands, pick up a brick from a depth of at least 5 ft.; swimming on the back and holding it with both hands carry it ashore a distance of not less than 10 yds.  If the candidate fails to retrieve the brick the first time, she must do so twice consecutively.

8) Put on a lifebuoy in the water (an inflated inner tube may be used if a lifebuoy is not available).

9) Swim at least 50 yards in good style by one of the following strokes: breast stroke; side stroke; overarm side stroke; back stroke; back stroke with folded arms; trudgeon; crawl.

Note: A holder of the R.L.S.S. Bronze Medal (renewed within five years) is exempt form clauses 2, 3, 6, 7, and 9.

1965 (July) POR - Life Saver Badge


1) Throw a life-line to a person at least 12 yds. away.

2) For at least two minutes:

a) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the expired air mouth-to-nose method, and mouth-to-mouth method.  Demonstrate the action to be taken in case of vomiting by the patient, and if air enters the patient's stomach.

b) Demonstrate one other method of artificial respiration on a patient.  Treat for shock.

3) Demonstrate in the water:

a) One method of release from each of the following clutches: wrist, neck, body, and from behind.

b) Tow subject 20 yds. by:

i) single-handed method.

ii) double-handed method.

iii) 'tired swimmer' method.

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 ft. (or the nearest available depth available below that figure bt not less than 5 ft.) an object 5-10 lb. and bring it to land.  If the candidate fails at her first attempt, the test must be repeated three times and must be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Enter water feet first from at least 5 ft., making shallowest possible entry, swim 200 yds. in six minutes, last 20 yds. to be made with head up approach, submerge to pass and approach subject from behind, support for 30 seconds, and two 20 yds. using any method other than those used in clause 3.  Land subject correctly.

Note: A holder of the R.L.S.S. Bronze Medallion (renewed within five years) is exempt from clauses 2, 4 and 5.

1968 Guide Handbook - Life Saver Badge


1) Throw a lifeline to a person at least 12 yards away.

2) For at least 2 minutes: 

Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient on his side in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

3) Demonstrate in the water:

a) One method of release from each of the following clutches: wrist, neck, or body, and from behind.

b) Tow the subject 20 yards by: 

i) Single-handed method.

ii) Double-handed method.

iii) 'Tired Swimmer' method.

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 feet (or the nearest depth available but not less than 5 feet) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt the test must be repeated three times and must be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Enter the water feet first from at least 5 feet, making shallowest possible entry, swim 200  yards in 6 minutes, last 20 yards to be made with head up approach; submerge to pass and approach the subject from behind, support for 30 seconds and two 20 yards using any method other than those used in clause 3.  Land subject correctly.

Note: i) If you hold the Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion (renewed within 2 years) you are exempt from clauses 2, 3, 4, and 5.

1973 Guide Handbook - Life Saver Badge


1) Throw a lifeline to a person at least 12 metres away.

2) For at least 2 minutes: 

Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient on his side in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

3) Demonstrate in the water:

a) One method of release from each of the following clutches: wrist, neck, or body, and from behind.

b) Using the current methods in the Royal Life Saving Society Handbook (Life Saving and Water Safety) to the patient 60 yds (55m) using three different tows (20 yds (18 m) each).

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 ft (2 m) (or the nearest depth available but not less than 5 ft (1.5 m)) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt the test must be repeated three times and must be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Enter the water feet first, making shallowest possible entry, swim 200  yds (180 m) in 6 minutes, last 20 yds (18m) to be made with head up approach; approach the subject from behind, two 20 ds (18 m) using any method other than those used in clause 3.  Land subject correctly.

Note: I) If you hold the Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion (renewed within 2 years) you are exempt from clauses 2, 3, 4, and 5.

ii) The tester should hold the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society, or the Bronze Medallion of the surf Life Saving society of Great Britain, or the Life Saver Certificate of the Girl Guides Association, or a higher qualification.

1978 Guide Handbook - Life Saver Badge


1) Throw a lifeline to a person 10 metres away.

2) For at least 2 minutes using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient on his side in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

3) Using the current methods in the Royal Life Saving Society Handbook (Life Saving and Water Safety) to the patient 60 yards (55 metres) using three different tows (20 yards (18 metres) each).

4) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 feet (2 metres) (or the nearest depth available but not less than 5 feet (1.5 metres)) an object 5-10 lb and bring it to land.  If you fail at your first attempt the test must be repeated three times and must be successfully completed on each occasion.

5) Enter the water feet first, making shallowest possible entry, swim 200 yards (180 metres) in 6 minutes, last 20 yards (18metres) to be made with head up approach; approach the subject from behind, tow 20 yards (18 metres) using methods suitable for an unconscious person.  On reaching the bank the subject will be considered to have recovered consciousness.  Assist him to land.

Note: I) If you hold the Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion (renewed within 2 years) you are exempt from clauses 2, 3, 4, and 5.

ii) The tester should hold the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society, or the Bronze Medallion of the surf Life Saving society of Great Britain, or the Life Saver Certificate of the Girl Guides Association, or a higher qualification.

1989 Guide Badge Book - Lifesaver Badge


1) Hold the Guide Swimmer Badge

2) a) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial ventilation by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he should vomit.

b) Know when and how to use artificial ventilation and external chest compression, e.g. drowning, electrical accidents and smoke filled rooms.

3) demonstrate in the water the actions of a person who is:

a) A non-swimmer

b) A weak swimmer

c) An injured swimmer

4) Enter shallow water with a suitable aid and perform a wading rescue of a casualty 10-12 metres away.  Encourage the casualty to use the aid and return to safety.  Assist the casualty from the water and then climb out.

5) With a suitable buoyant aid, enter the shallow water and approach a casualty in deep water 25 metres away and bring to safety. Assist the casualty from the water and then climb out.

6) With a suitable towing aid, enter shallow water and approach a casualty 20-25 metres away in deep water.  Encourage the casualty to use the aid and tow the same distance to safety.  Assist the casualty to land, then climb out and demonstrate the treatment of the casualty for shock.

7) With a towing aid, enter shallow water and approach a casualty 20-25 metres away in deep water.  Show the action to be taken in response to an uncooperative casualty by performing the reverse and taking up the stand-off position.  Realising you are in danger, return to safety keeping observation of the casualty.  Explain what you would do next.

8) Rescue a casualty in an emergency situation, the nature of which is not previously known to you, using the appropriate skills from the above clauses.  Explain what you would do next.

9) Answer five questions on the principle of water rescue, seeking help, dangers of open water and cold water.

N.B. if you have passed the RLSS Lifesaving 1 and 2 and clause 2 above, you may be awarded this badge.

The tester for this badge should be an RLSS teacher or examiner or an adult with a current RLSS Bronze Medallion or higher qualification

1991 Guide Badge Book - Life Saver Badge


1) Hold the Guide Swimmer Badge

2) a) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial ventilation by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Show how to place the patient in the recovery position in case he or she should vomit.

b) Know when and how to use artificial ventilation and external chest compression, and in what circumstances, e.g. drowning, electrical accidents and smoke filled rooms.

c) Know the signs and symptoms you would look for in the case of a fractures spine.  Understand the danger of moving or handling a patient when the extent of the injury is not known.

3) demonstrate in the water the actions of a person who is:

a) A non-swimmer

b) A weak swimmer

c) An injured swimmer

4) Enter shallow water with a suitable aid and perform a wading rescue of a casualty 10-12 metres away.  Encourage the casualty to use the aid and return to safety.  Assist the casualty from the water and then climb out.

5) With a suitable buoyant aid, enter the shallow water and approach a casualty in deep water 25 metres away and bring to safety. Assist the casualty from the water and then climb out.

6) With a suitable towing aid, enter shallow water and approach a casualty 20-25 metres away in deep water.  Encourage the casualty to use the aid and tow the same distance to safety.  Assist the casualty to land, then climb out and demonstrate the treatment of the casualty for shock.

7) With a towing aid, enter shallow water and approach a casualty 20-25 metres away in deep water.  Show the action to be taken in response to an uncooperative casualty by performing the reverse and taking up the stand-off position.  Realising you are in danger, return to safety keeping observation of the casualty.  Explain what you would do next.

8) Rescue a casualty in an emergency situation, the nature of which is not previously known to you, using the appropriate skills from the above clauses.  Explain what you would do next.

9) Answer five questions on the principle of water rescue, seeking help, dangers of open water and cold water.

N.B. if you have passed the RLSS Lifesaving 1 and 2 and clause 2 above, you may be awarded this badge.

The tester for this badge should be an RLSS teacher or examiner or an adult with a current RLSS Bronze Medallion or higher qualification

1995 - Lifesaver becomes a Staged Badge.

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