Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Level 1


The Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals program offers a recreational introduction to lifesaving sport skills while teaching team building, fair play, ethics in sport and personal responsibility. Lifesaving Sport competition opportunities are available through TeleGames and regional and provincial competitions.

The Lifesaving Society is the Canadian governing body for lifesaving sport – a sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Level 1: Play Fair is the underlying principle emphasized in this level. Participants practice in-water starts and jump starts from the deck; stroke work includes 25 m front and back crawl, a 25 m sprint and a 100 m workout and swimming underwater. Lower body work includes whip kick and treading water (30 sec.).

Instructional Time: 

6-8 Hours.


Instructor issued Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Progress Report and Certificate.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

Level 1: 

1. Develop and participate in a team cheer.

2. Demonstrate understanding of Play Fair.

3. Demonstrate an in-water start.

4. Demonstrate a jump into deep water.

5. Demonstrate an in-water relay transition.

6. Demonstrate an in-water finish on front and on back.

7. Demonstrate a touch & go turn.

8. Swim front crawl and back crawl - 25 m each.

9. Scull head-first on back - 15 m.

10. Sprint - 25 m.

11. Complete a 100-m workout.

12. Demonstrate throwing accuracy: attempt to hit target with rope twice in a row.

13. Demonstrate movement with fins.

14. Whip kick in vertical position - 30 sec.

15. Demonstrate the ability to swim under an obstacle.

16. Secure a rescue tube to an empty manikin.

17. Tread water supporting an object - 30 sec.