The Survive & Save Programme is our lifesaving award scheme for anyone aged 12 years and over. The awards are challenging but fun to complete and are arranged into Bronze, Silver and Gold levels to ensure that participants get the opportunity to develop their lifesaving skills as they progress through the awards.

There are 3 levels of award:  

  1. Bronze

  2. Silver

  3. Gold  

Each level has a core element that all candidates must take before they are eligible for an award.  

It is a pre-requisite that each candidate should have gained a Life Support Award

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the following:-

  • First Aid

  • Hazard awareness and safety

  • Drowning

  • Emergency management  

  • Demonstrate a number of rescue, self-rescue and survival skills in the swimming pool

  • An appropriate level of fitness  i.e. Timed swim (50m); Distance swim  (200m); Speed rope coil  

These awards also cover the swimming requirements for GCSE PE as well as Physical, Volunteering or Skill sections of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Open Water Training for Lifesaving Awards

Still Water Survive and Save Awards can be taken at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Training takes place at Arrow Valley Lake in the summer.


Beach Lifesaving Survive and Save Awards can be taken at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Training and assessment of these awards take place on our annual trip to Sandbanks, Poole in Dorset. For many this is the highlight of the year! 


Those who wish to do the beach awards usually do the Still Water Awards first. A prerequisite for those on the trip is that they should have cold water experience, usually included in Still Water training.

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After Survive and Save

What Next?

There are the following options:-

  1. Keep up your skills by completing Lifesaving Sport and swimming with the Winter League. For more information on Winter League click here​

  2. Learn Advanced Life Support, gain the Life Support 3 Award and train to become an Instructor.

Most information on this page was taken from RLSS.org.uk