Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Level 3


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 3: Participants set short-term goals in this level while they master challenging skills including jumps from a starting block, relay transitions and front crawl flip turns. Stroke work over longer distances includes: 50 m front and back crawl; 25 m breaststroke; 4 x 25 m sprints and a 300 m workout. Lower body work includes eggbeater kick; and in-water object support (90 sec.).

Instructional Time: 

6-8 Hours.


Instructor issued Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Progress Report and Certificate.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

Level 3: 

1. Set a short-term goal.

2. Demonstrate a dive start from the deck.

3. Demonstrate a jump start from a starting block.

4. Demonstrate a dive start relay transition.

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

6. Demonstrate a streamlined open turn.

7. Demonstrate a front crawl flip turn.

8. Swim front crawl, back crawl (50 m each) and breaststroke - 25 m.

9. Sprint - 4 x 25 m with 45 sec. rest.

10. Complete a 300-m workout.

11. Demonstrate accuracy: hit a target with a rope as many times as possible in 60 sec.

12. Swim with fins - 25 m.

13. Stationary eggbeater kick - 30 sec.

14. Swim 25 m passing under an obstacle located at the halfway point.

15. Dive start from deck with a rescue tube; swim 25 m to secure an empty manikin; tow 25 m.

16. Tread water supporting an object - 90 sec.