Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1943 POR - Rescuer Badge


1) Swim 100 yards and perform three methods of release in the water, two methods of life saving, and artificial respiration.

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

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, and know any local dangerous tides or currents.

4) Deal with bleeding and shock, snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to give the alarm of fire, call up police or fire brigade, and rescue a person from a room full of smoke (either by dragging or lowering from window on a rope).

6) Know how to hold back a crowd (with others), and how to behave in a crush (e.g. in theatre, fire or tube station).

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1947 POR - Rescuer Badge


1) Swim 100 yards and perform three methods of release in the water, two methods of life saving, and artificial respiration.

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

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, and know any local dangerous tides or currents.

4) Deal with bleeding and shock, snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to give the alarm of fire, call up police or fire brigade, and rescue a person from a room full of smoke (either by dragging or lowering from window on a rope).

6) Know how to hold back a crowd (with others), and how to behave in a crush (e.g. in theatre, fire or tube station).

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1950 POR - Rescuer Badge


1) Swim 100 yards and perform three methods of release in the water, two methods of life saving, and artificial respiration.

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

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, and know any local dangerous tides or currents.

4) Deal with bleeding and shock, snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to give the alarm of fire, call up police or fire brigade, and rescue a person from a room full of smoke (either by dragging or lowering from window on a rope).

6) Know how to hold back a crowd (with others), and how to behave in a crush (e.g. in theatre, fire or tube station).

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1953 POR - Rescuer Badge


1) Swim 100 yards and perform three methods of release in the water, two methods of life saving, and artificial respiration.

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

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, and know any local dangerous tides or currents.

4) Deal with bleeding and shock, snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to give the alarm of fire, call up police or fire brigade, and rescue a person from a room full of smoke (either by dragging or lowering from window on a rope).

6) Know how to hold back a crowd (with others), and how to behave in a crush (e.g. in theatre, fire or tube station).

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1957 POR - Rescuer Badge


1) a) Swim 100 yards.

b) Perform in the water three methods of release and two methods of life saving

c) Perform the Holger Nielsen method of artificial respiration.

2) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yds. away.

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, have a knowledge of dangerous local tides or currents.

4) Be able to treat: bleeding; shock;  snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to: give the alarm for fire;  call up police or fire brigade;  rescue a person from a smoke-filled room, i.e. by dragging and by lowering on a rope from window).

6) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1960 POR - Rescuer Badge


1) a) Swim 100 yards.

b) Perform in the water three methods of release and two methods of life saving

c) Perform the Holger Nielsen method of artificial respiration.

2) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yds. away.

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, have a knowledge of dangerous local tides or currents.

4) Be able to treat: bleeding; shock;  snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to: give the alarm for fire;  call up police or fire brigade;  rescue a person from a smoke-filled room, i.e. by dragging and by lowering on a rope from window).

6) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1961 (July) POR - Rescuer Badge


1) a) Swim 100 yards.

b) Perform in the water three methods of release and two methods of life saving

c) Perform the Holger Nielsen method of artificial respiration.

2) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yds. away.

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, have a knowledge of dangerous local tides or currents.

4) Be able to treat: bleeding; shock;  snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to: give the alarm for fire;  call up police or fire brigade;  rescue a person from a smoke-filled room, i.e. by dragging and by lowering on a rope from window).

6) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1963 (February) POR Amendments - Rescuer Badge


1) a) Swim 100 yards.

b) Perform in the water three methods of release and two methods of life saving

c) Demonstrate the Holger Nielsen method of artificial respiration and have attended a demonstration of the expired air method of artificial respiration performed on film or film strip, or live by a qualified demonstrator.

2) Throw a life line to reach a person 15 yds. away.

3) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, have a knowledge of dangerous local tides or currents.

4) Be able to treat: bleeding; shock;  snake and dog bites.

5) Know how to: give the alarm for fire;  call up police or fire brigade;  rescue a person from a smoke-filled room, i.e. by dragging and by lowering on a rope from window).

6) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

7) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

8) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1964 (March) POR - Rescuer Badge


1) a) Swim 100 yards.

b) Perform in the water three methods of release and two methods of life saving

c) Perform the Holger Nielsen method of artificial respiration and have attended a demonstration of the expired air method of artificial respiration on film or film strip, or performed live by a qualified demonstrator.

2) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water, have a knowledge of dangerous local tides or currents.

3) Be able to treat: bleeding; shock;  snake and dog bites.

4) Know how to: give the alarm for fire;  call up police or fire brigade;  rescue a person from a smoke-filled room, i.e. by dragging and by lowering on a rope from window).

5) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

6) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

7) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

1965 (July) POR - Rescuer Badge


1) a) Swim 100 yards.

2) 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.

3) For at least two minutes: 

a) Using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the epired 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.

4) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into a boat from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that she is aware of the dangers of tides, currents, etc.

5) Know how to treat: bleeding; shock;  snake and dog bites.

6) Know how to: give the alarm for fire;  call up police and fire brigade;  rescue a person from a smoke-filled room, i.e. by dragging and by lowering on a rope from window).

7) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

8) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

9) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

10) Throw a lifeline to reach a person 15 yds. away.

1968 Guide Handbook - Rescuer Badge


1) swim 100 yards.  Keep afloat for 5 minutes in ordinary clothes.

2) Demonstrate in the water:

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

b) Tow subject 20 yards by:

i) Single-handed method.

ii) Double-handed method.

iii) 'Tired swimmer' method.

3) For at least 2 minutes:

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

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

Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

4) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into it from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that you are aware of the dangers of tides, currents etc.

5) Know how to treat: bleeding, shock, snake and dog bites.

6) Know how to: give the alarm for fire, call up the police and fire brigade; rescue a person from a smoke-filled room by dragging and by lowering on a rope from a window.

7) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

8) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

9) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

10) Throw a lifeline to reach a person 15 metres away.

1973 Guide Handbook - Rescuer Badge


1) swim 100 yds (100 m).  Keep afloat for 5 minutes in ordinary clothes.

2) Demonstrate in the water:

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

b) Tow subject 20 yds (18 m) by:

i) Extended tow.

ii) Chin tow.

iii) Cross chest tow.

3) For at least 2 minutes:

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

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

Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

4) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into it from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that you are aware of the dangers of tides, currents etc.

5) Know how to treat: bleeding, shock, snake and dog bites.

6) Know how to: give the alarm for fire, call up the police and fire brigade; rescue a person from a smoke-filled room by dragging and by lowering on a rope from a window.

7) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

8) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

9) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

10) Throw a lifeline to reach a person 15 metres away.

Note: The tester for clauses 1, 2 and 3 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 - Rescuer Badge


1) swim 100 metres.  You must use life savingn backstroke or sidestroke for 25 metres.. Keep afloat for 5 minutes in ordinary clothes.

2) Demonstrate in the water how to tow a person 18 metres using a non-rigid towing aid.

3) For at least 2 minutes using a manikin or mask, demonstrate artificial respiration by the mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose method.  Know 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.

4) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into it from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that you are aware of the dangers of tides, currents etc.

5) Know how to treat: bleeding, shock, snake and dog bites.

6) Know how to: give the alarm for fire, call up the police and fire brigade; rescue a person from a smoke-filled room.

7) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush, e.g. in a panic caused by fire, etc., in theatre or tube station.

8) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

9) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

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

Note: The tester for clauses 1, 2 and 3 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.

1983 Guide Badge Book - Rescuer Badge


In order to gain this badge, you must pass Clause 1, and three other clauses, one to be taken from each section.

1) For at least two 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 in the recovery position, in case he should vomit.  Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

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2) Using the current methods in the RLSS Handbook (Life Saving and Water Safety) tow the patient 60 yards (55m) using three different towing aids (20 yards (18 m) each).

3) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 7 feet (2 m) (or the nearest depth available but not less than 5 feet (1.5 m)) an object 5 to 10 lbs (2.25 to 4.5 kgs) 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.

4) Enter water feet first making shallowest possible entry; swim 200 yards (180 m) in 6 minutes, the last 20 yards (18 m) to be made with head up approach; approach the subject for an unconscious person.  On reaching bank the subject will be considered to have recovered consciousness; assist to land.

5) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into it from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that you are aware of the danger of tides, currents etc.

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2) Show how to treat: bleeding, shock, snake and dog bites.

3) Show that you know how to: give the alarm for fire; call the police and fire brigade; rescue a person from a smoke-filled room.

4) Throw an unweighted rope to reach a person 12 yards (10 m) away.

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2) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush; behave in a panic caused by fire etc. in a theatre or tube station.

3) Know the correct way to stop a runaway horse.

4) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

You may gain and wear another Rescuer Badge later on by re-passing Clause 1, and passing a further three clauses, one from each section.

1986 Guide Badge Book - Rescuer Badge


In order to gain this badge, you must pass Clause 1, and three other clauses, one to be taken from each section.

1) For at least two minutes, 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.  Know when and how to use external chest compression.

Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

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2) Using the current methods in the RLSS Handbook (Life Saving and Water Safety) tow the patient 55 metres (60 yards) using three different towing aids, 18 metres (20 yards) each.

3) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 2 metres (7 feet) (or the nearest depth available but not less than 1.5 metres (5 feet) an object 2.25 to 4.5 kgs (5 to 10 lbs) 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.

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

5) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into it from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that you are aware of the danger of tides, currents etc.

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2) Show how to treat: bleeding, shock, snake and dog bites.

3) Show that you know how to: give the alarm for fire; call the police and fire brigade; rescue a person from a smoke-filled room.

4) Throw an unweighted rope to reach a person 10 metres (12 yards) away.

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2) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush; behave in a panic caused by fire etc. in a theatre or tube station.

3) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

You may gain and wear another Rescuer Badge later on by re-passing Clause 1, and passing a further three clauses, one from each section.

1989 Guide Badge Book - Water Rescuer Badge


In order to gain this badge, you must pass Clause 1, and three other clauses, one to be taken from each section.

1) For at least two minutes, 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.  Know when and how to use external chest compression.  Realise the importance of preventing the development of shock.

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2) Using the current methods in the RLSS Handbook (Life Saving and Water Safety) tow the patient 55 metres (60 yards) using three different towing aids (18 metres (20 yards) each).

3) From the surface of the water recover from the bottom in a depth of 2 metres (7 feet) (or the nearest depth available but not less than 1.5 metres (5 feet) an object 2.25-4.5kgs (5 to 10 lbs) and bring it to land.  f you fail at your first attempt the test must be repeated three times and must be successfully completed on each occasion.

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

5) a) Row a boat alone and with others; get into it from the water.

b) Answer questions to show that you are aware of the danger of tides, currents etc.

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2) Show how to treat: bleeding, shock, snake and dog bites.

3) Show that you know how to: give the alarm for fire; call the police and fire brigade; rescue a person from a smoke-filled room.

4) Throw an unweighted rope to reach a person 10 metres (12 yards) away.

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2) Know how to: hold back a crowd (with others); behave in a crush; behave in a panic caused by fire etc. in a theatre or tube station.

3) Know what to do if lost in a fog.

You may gain and wear another Water Rescuer Badge later on by re-passing Clause 1, and passing a further three clauses, one from each section.

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