Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1980 Brownie Handbook - Water Rescuer Badge


This badge will be tested on dry land and you may take it even if you cannot swim.

1) Reaching

Know the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) by reaching with the hand

b) by reaching with the hand, using an assistant.

c) by reaching with a pole or length of wood

d) by reaching with one article of clothing

e) by reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.

2) Throwing

Know the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) by throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.

b) by throwing an unweighted rope to a person 6 metres away.

c) by throwing a weighted rope to a person 8 metres away.

Note: you must do this clause successfully 2 times out of 3.

3) Tell the tester how you could get help.

4) Tell the tester how you can be sure of your own safety.

5) Know what places could be dangerous near your home.

Note: If you have passed clause 5 and Stage I of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Brownie Water Rescuer Badge.

1983 Brownie Handbook - Water Rescuer Badge


When you are tested you will stay on dry land and you may take it even if you cannot swim.

1) Tell the tester how you can be sure of your own safety.

2) Reaching

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) by reaching with the hand.

b) by reaching with the hand, using an assistant.

c) by reaching with a pole or length of wood.

d) by reaching with one article of clothing.

e) by reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.

3) Throwing

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) by throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.

b) by throwing an unweighted rope to a person 6 metres away.

c) by throwing a weighted rope to a person 8 metres away.

Note: You must do this clause successfully 2 times out of three.

4) Tell the tester how you could get help.

5) Know what places could be dangerous near your home.

Note: If you have passed clause 5 above and Stage 1 of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Brownie Water Rescuer Badge.

1987 Brownie Badge Book - Water Rescuer Badge


When you are tested you will stay on dry land.  You may take it even if you cannot swim.

1) Tell the tester how you can be sure of your own safety.

2) Reaching

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) By reaching with a pole or length of wood.

b) By reaching with one article of clothing.

c) By reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.

d) Demonstrate one of the above reaching rescues by using an assistant.

3) Throwing

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) By throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.

b) By throwing an unweighted rope to a person 6 metres away.

c) By throwing a weighted rope to a person 8 metres away.

N.B. You must do this clause successfully two times out of three.

4) Tell the tester how you could get help.

5) Know what places could be dangerous near you home.

N.B. If you have passed clause 5 above and Stage 1 of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Brownie Water Rescuer Badge.

1989 Brownie Badge Book - Water Rescuer Badge

When you are tested you will stay on dry land.  You may take it even if you cannot swim.
1) Tell the tester how you can be sure of your own safety.
2) Reaching
Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:
a) By reaching with a pole or length of wood.
b) By reaching with one article of clothing.
c) By reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.
d) Demonstrate one of the above reaching rescues by using an assistant.
3) Throwing
Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:
a) By throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.
b) By throwing an unweighted rope to a person 6 metres away.
c) By throwing a weighted rope to a person 8 metres away.
N.B. You must do this clause successfully two times out of three.
4) Tell the tester how you could get help.
5) Know what places could be dangerous near your home.
N.B. If you have passed clause 5 above and Stage 1 of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Brownie Water Rescuer Badge.

1991 Brownie Badge Book - Water Rescuer Badge


All the test will take place on dry land.  You may take this badge even if you cannot swim.

1) Know and understand the Water Safety Code.

2) Reaching

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water.

a) by reaching with a pole or length of wood

b) by reaching with one article of clothing

c) by reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.

Demonstrate one of the above reaching rescues by using an assistant.

3) Throwing

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water.

a) by throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.

b) by throwing a rope to a person 6 metres away.

c) by throwing a weighted rope to a person 8 metres away.

4) Tell the tester how you could get help.

5) Know what places could be dangerous near your home.

Note: You must do 3c successfully two times out of three.  If you pass clause 5 of this badge and stage 1 of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Water Rescuer Badge.

1993 (July) Guiding Magazine - Water Rescuer Badge


All the test will take place on dry land.  You may take this badge even if you cannot swim.

1) Know and understand the Water Safety Code.

2) Reaching

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water.

a) by reaching with a pole or length of wood

b) by reaching with one article of clothing

c) by reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.

Demonstrate one of the above reaching rescues by using an assistant.

3) Throwing

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water.

a) by throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.

b) by throwing a rope to a person 6 metres away.

4) Tell the tester how you could get help.

5) Know what places could be dangerous near your home.

Note: You must do 3c successfully two times out of three.  If you pass clause 5 of this badge and stage 1 of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Water Rescuer Badge.

1994 Brownie Guide Badge Book - Water Safety Badge


All the test will take place on dry land.  You may take this badge even if you cannot swim.

1) Know and understand the Water Safety Code.

2) Reaching

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) by reaching with a pole or length of wood

b) by reaching with one article of clothing

c) by reaching with two articles of clothing tied together.

Demonstrate one of the above reaching rescues by using an assistant.

3) Throwing

Show the way approved by the Royal Life Saving Society to rescue a person in the water:

a) by throwing a large ball or inflated ring or similar object to a person 5 metres away.

b) by throwing a rope to a person 6 metres away.

4) Tell the tester how you could get help.

5) Know what places could be dangerous near your home.

Note: If you pass clause 5 of this badge and stage 1 of the Royal Life Saving Society's Rescue Skills Scheme you can have your Water Rescuer Badge.

1995 - Water Rescuer becomes Lifesaver Staged Badge.

2009 Brownie Badge Book - Water Safety Badge

1) Know why the following can be dangerous.
* Outside water, such as lakes, rivers, canals and ponds.
* Shallow water
* Cold water
* Standing on iced-over rivers, ponds, lakes and canals.
2) Know the safety signs and flags you might see at a beach or other area of open water.
3) Do all of the following:
* Know where it is safe to swim.
* Explain why these places are safe.
* Know why you should never swim alone.
* Explain the role of a lifeguard.
4) Name some causes of water pollution.
5) Know the Water Safety Code.
2013 Brownie Badge Book - Water Safety Badge

1) Know why the following can be dangerous.
* Outside water, such as lakes, rivers, canals and ponds.
* Shallow water.
* Cold water.
* Standing on iced-over rivers, ponds, lakes and canals.
2) Know the safety signs and flags you might see at a beach or other area of open water.
3) Do all of the following.
* Know where it is safe to swim.
* Explain why these places are safe.
* Know why you should never swim alone.
* Explain the role of a lifeguard.
4) Name some causes of water pollution.
5) Know the Water Safety Code.

2016 Brownie Badge Book - Water Safety Badge

1) Know how to keep yourself safe in or near:
* Open water, such as the sea,  lakes, rivers, canals and ponds.
* Shallow water.
* Frozen rivers, ponds, lakes and canals..
* Swimming and paddling pools.
2) Know when it is safe to swim and why you must never swim alone.  
3) Know the safety signs and flags you might see at the beach or other areas of open water.
4) Using a method of your choice (for example poster, presentation, leaflet): 
* Know where it is safe to swim.
* explain why these places are safe.
* know why you should not swim alone outdoors.
* explain the role of a lifeguard.
5) What are the main causes of water pollution near where you live?
6) Discuss the Water Safety Code.
7) Know how to stop yourself getting too cold or injured in water.
8) Demonstrate the sequence of rescue methods for someone who is having trouble in water.

2019 (July) Badge Finder - Water Safety Badge


If you cannot swim, do not let this put you off – you do not have to be a swimmer to complete this badge.

1. Know how to keep yourself safe in or near:

  • open water such as the sea, lakes, rivers, canals and ponds
  • shallow water
  • frozen rivers, ponds, lakes and canals
  • swimming and paddling pools

2. Know when it is safe to swim and why you must never swim alone.

3. Know the safety signs and flags you might see at the beach or other areas of open water.

4. Using a method of your choice (for example poster, presentation, leaflet):

  • know where it is safe to swim
  • explain why these places are safe
  • know why you should not swim alone
  • outdoors
  • explain the role of a lifeguard

5. What are the main causes of water pollution near where you live?

6. Discuss the Water Safety Code.

7. Know how to stop yourself getting too cold or injured in water.

8. Demonstrate the sequence of rescue methods for someone who is having trouble in water.

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