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Lifesaving

    (These tests must be performed before a Counselor who is a Certified Water Safety Instructor of the Philippine National Red Cross or who holds an Aquatic School Certificate of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines for Life Saving)

  1. Earn the Swimming Merit Badge.

  2. Do the following:
    1. Spend at least six hours in preparing and practicing lifesaving skills
    2. Surface dive into open water, 2 to 3 meters deep, recovering various objects three times and a 5-kilo weight once.

  3. Show the following:
    1. For two times, remove your street clothes in 30 seconds or less. (Street clothes means socks, shoes, trousers, barong/shirt/sweatshirt).
    2. The correct approach to a drowning person who is in the following positions:
      1. Back to Scout - Back Approach
      2. Face to Scout with head above water - Underwater Approach

  4. With the help of a buddy and a subject, show the following rope rescue (reel-in rescue) both as line tender and as rescuer:
    1. As rescuer - carrying the looped end of a rope 20 meters long, -centimeter in diameter across your shoulder and chest, make a running or leaping entry into the water, swim 20 meters to struggling subject, and tow him ashore with the rope
    2. As line tender - chain know rescue line. Tie and place loop around rescuer's shoulder, pay out rope and pull rescuer and subject ashore

  5. Keeping in sight a struggling person, enter the water feet first and -
    1. Swim 10 meters, make correct approach, and tow victim 10 meters to shore with cross-chest carry
    2. Swim 10 meters, make correct approach, and tow victim 10 meters to shore with hair carry
    3. Swim 10 meters, make correct approach, and tow victim 10 meters to shore with collar or wrist carry
    4. Swim 10 meters, make correct approach to a tired swimmer, carry and push him 10 meters to shore

  6. Do the following:
    1. In water at least two meters deep, show how to block effectively and avoid the attempts of a struggling person to grasp you around the neck with right arm and with both arms. In each case, show how to tow him ashore
    2. In water at least two meters deep, show how to disengage yourself from any of the following grasps:
      1. Wrist
      2. Front head hold
      3. Rear head hold
      4. Arms around the body, at the front, below the armpit
      5. Arms around the body from back
    3. Demonstrate resuscitation for two minutes using the mouth-to-mouth method with external cardiac massage.

 

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