Swim Patrol – Rookie, Ranger and Star Patrol

The Lifesaving Society’s three-level Swim Patrol program further builds on participants’ swimming strokes and introduces the rescue of others in skills such as talk, throw and reach rescues, calling 911 and victim removals. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Content is organized into modules – Water Proficiency, First Aid, Recognition and Rescue.

The entire program is taught in the water; classroom time is not required.

Swim Patrol can be programmed to be the next step after Swimmer 6 in the Swim for Life Program and/or as part of Junior Lifeguard Club and/or as part of a Lifesaving Camp and/or as a module for Boy Scouts or Girl Guides and/or many other ways.

Rookie Patrol


Prerequisites: Ability to swim

Develops individual fitness levels to meet a timed 100 m swim and 350 m workout. Water proficiency skills include: swims with clothes, ready position, foot first and head first surface dives. Demonstrating an ability to conduct a primary assessment and initiating EMS are included as first aid skills. Victim recognition and throwing assists are other key elements of the program.

Ranger Patrol


Prerequisites: Ability to swim.

Enhances capability in the water, including stride entry, underwater forward and backward somersaults, lifesaving eggbeater kick and increased fitness levels to meet a 200 m timed swim. Rescue skills involve an increased skill level in ABC first aid basics, victim recognition and non-contact rescues.

Star Patrol


Prerequisite: Ability to swim.

An excellent preparation for the Bronze Star award, Star Patrol demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.  Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills; further refine front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 100m each; and complete 600 m workouts and a 300 m timed swim.