Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Level 5


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 5: In this level, participants learn about the importance of Giving Back. They practice racing starts from a starting block, relay transitions and three racing turns. A 500 m workout and 50 m sprint repeats complement 50 m front and back crawl and breaststroke. New skills include learning how to dive start and swim wearing fins. A 25 m approach and 25 m manikin tow with a rescue tube is a feature of this level.

Next Step: 
Bronze Star
Next Step (notes): 
Bronze Medallion if 13 or older.
Instructional Time: 

6-8 Hours.


Instructor issued Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals Progress Report and Certificate.

Evaluation and Other Items: 

Level 5: 

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to Give Back to Lifesaving Sport.

2. Demonstrate a racing dive start from a starting block.

3. Demonstrate a racing dive start relay transition from a starting block.

4. Demonstrate a racing finish on front and on back.

5. Demonstrate three racing turns - front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke.

6. Swim front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke - 50 m each.

7. Sprint - 2 x 50 m with 45 sec. rest.

8. Complete a 500-m workout.

9. Demonstrate accuracy: hit a target at 5-10 m with a rope 3 times within 60 sec.

10. Coil rope two different ways.

11. Swim 25 m, don fins and dolphin kick 25 m to starting point.

12. Dive from a starting block and swim with fins - 25 m.

13. Swim 50 m passing under an obstacle located at the halfway point.

14. Dive start from deck with rescue tube; swim 25 m to secure a partially filled manikin; tow 25 m.