The first skill in this series should be assessed as achieved when a student floats confidently (with or without a floatation aid), signals for help with one arm raised above the head and calls for help.
Reach and throw rescue skills should always be practised and assessed with the rescuer on dry land. A student would be marked as achieved once they are able to identify when help is needed and perform both forms of rescue. One form of rescue would be assessed as not yet achieved.
The H.E.L.P./huddle sequence is assessed as achieved when the student can perform it in one smooth series of movements. If movements are still to be learnt individually the student would receive a not yet achieved. It is an example of what a student can choose to demonstrate on their own when they are demonstrating their overall competency
Example skills were filmed in a 1m deep pool.
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Get creative and let students choose an unconventional floatation device such as a chilly bin or plastic milk bottles.