Lifesaving course


You don’t have to work at a pool or be a professional lifeguard to be a lifesaver. In fact, in Dive Buddy Swim School, we believe that ‘Everyone can be a Lifesaver’

Course Introduction

There are many drowning cases each day, and you could make a big difference in guarding lives by taking our Life Saving Course! Our Life Saving Course provides a systematic way to learn lifeguarding according to Life Saving Society criteria, whose mission is to educate and pass on knowledge of aquatic life-saving abilities to as many people as possible.

Our courses are recognized in many countries around the world. The certificate is an entry-level professional qualification that can lead to an exciting career in the aquatic and recreation industry. The basic Life Saving Courses are extremely helpful to those that want to feel a little safer while swimming, and also for those who wish to be certified lifeguards and go on a mission of guarding and saving lives.

Course Overview

Basic Lifesaving 1

At Swim Buddy, we aim to equip people with the knowledge and skill needed to become a lifeguard. This is applicable to candidates that wish to know basic lifesaving techniques such as rope throw and board throw and wish to acquire aquatic knowledge. This course is suitable for swimmers of beginner and advanced levels.


  • Water safety casualty recognition
  • Principles of water rescue
  • Dangers in swimming pools
  • Characteristics of a weak-swimmer, non-swimmer, injured swimmer and unconscious swimmer.
  • Methods of seeking help
  • Learning to be able to demonstrate management of an unconscious casualty, including:
    • Obtaining a clear airway
    • Action for vomiting
    • Recovery Position


  • Reaching Rescue

You will be required to rescue a simulated casualty who is between 1 metre and 2 metres away in deep water by using a suitable reaching aid. Encourage the casualty to use the aid and return to safety before assisting them to climb out of the water.

  • Throwing Rescue-Unweighted Rope

Conduct a rescue 8 metres away in water using an unweighted rope. Encourage the casualty to use the aid and on being returned to safety and assist them in climbing out of the water.

  • Throw – Buoyant Aid

In deep water 5 metres away, complete a rescue using a suitable buoyant aid. Verbally encourage the casualty to use the chosen aid and return to safety before assisting them out of the water.

  • Throw – Lifebuoy

Demonstrate an ability to accurately throw a lifebuoy to a victim in water 5 meters away. As with the previous tests, encourage them to use the lifebuoy to return to safety before assisting them out of the water.

  • Retrieval of unconscious victim with a rigid aid

You will be required to retrieve an unconscious casualty in deep water not further than 2 metres away by using a rigid aid. Upon retrieving the casualty to the edge of pool, call to a bystander for assistance. Land the casualty with assisted lift and place in Recovery Position. Call for ambulance and trained CPR/AED provider to commence CPR/AED rescue if casualty is not breathing.

  • Initiative

Demonstrate an ability to rescue a casualty in water in an emergency situation not further than 8 metres away using reaching or throwing skills, in a situation previously unknown to the rescuer. After the rescue, explain the reasons for your actions.

Course Overview

Lifesaving 1,2,3 (bronze medallion)

This course is composed of three phases which imparts to swimmers the fundamentals of water safety, theory as well as the practical aspects of land-based and water-based non-contact rescue and resuscitation skills. Trainees are expected to be strong swimmers as the course focuses more on lifesaving techniques than swimming strokes.


Upon completion of all stages of training, trainees that pass the three elementary lifesaving exams will be awarded Lifesaving Bronze Medallion badges and certificates issued by the Malaysian Life Saving Society.

(Approximate course duration: 20 to 30 hours)


Aim: To convey preliminary skills and knowledge of water safety and land-based non-contact rescues.

Training details:

  • Introduction to basic water safety, water hazards and water rescue in swimming pools.
  • Identifying the actions of non-swimmers and weak swimmers.
  • Basic land-based rescue skills such as Reaching Rescue, Throwing of Buoyant Aid Rescue, Wading Rescue (with buoyant or rigid aid) and Accompanied Rescue.
  • Swim 100 meters (in any recognized strokes) to pass the course exam.
  • Reaching Rescue


Aim: To develop additional further preliminary skills and knowledge of water safety, resuscitation and land-based non-contact rescues.

Details of training:

  • Introduction to water rescuing techniques, dangers of open water and applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to unconscious casualty (CPR).
  • Expiry Air Resuscitation(EAR).
    Identify the movements of non-swimmers, weak swimmers, swimmers with limb injury, and unconscious non-breathing swimmers.
  • Land-based emergency rescue techniques such as Rope Rescue and Non-Contact Tow Rescue of an uncooperative casualty scenario.
  • Ability to swim 150 meters comfortably (in any recognized strokes)


Aim: To reinforce skills and knowledge of water safety, resuscitation and water lifesaving as a preliminary step to the Bronze Medallion.

Course Scope of Training:

  • Understanding water rescuing and treating cramps and minor bleeding.
  • Sculling water using only arms in the Ready position, and treading water without using arms.
  • Performing Resuscitation Rescue of an unconscious casualty (breathing and non-breathing).
  • Underwater Recovery, Defensive and Release Techniques of casualty and full-clothed emergency rescue.
  • Confidently swim 200 meters in any two recognized strokes.
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