Swimming rESCUE Page
Do more and possibly save lives
Learning to swim was the first step and now you may want to seriously consider taking the next level, and learn some basic surface life-saving and rescue skills. These may be employed at any time to safely save a life or even lives. Accidents around water can occur quickly and rapid response from a trained rescuer can make all the difference to survival or...
Rescue Swimming refers to skills that enable an individual to attempt a rescue when a swimmer or non-swimmer maybe in difficulty. These include a combination of communication skills, specific "rescue" swimming strokes, and release and evade techniques for self-preservation should the rescue go wrong... (As in the case of a panicked person, who may try to use the rescuer as a platform and attempt to use them to climb up or just get out of the water)
Why consider learning swimming rescue skills?
At the current time, and with weather systems around the world changing all the time, there is an increased risk of flooding. If you live near or close to water, lakes, rivers, quarries or the sea you maybe considered at risk.
Skills from our Rescue Swimmer Program (Short Excert from our training)
From the outset once anyone in the water in possible difficulty is spotted, eye contact should be maintained at all times.
Assess the situation: environment, available physical equipment, others who can help, etc.
Attempt to establish voice contact, / control, which if successful can often result in a "safer-rescue."
We look at assists and rescues (Often it may be possible to conduct a safe rescue from the shore without even getting wet!
A rescuer should only enter the water as a last resort, or if risk of life is imminent. (Do Not take unnecessary risks)
We also train and practice with various tools which can make a rescue safe and easier; Life-Buoy's, Rafts, Rope/Lines, Floats etc.
Rescues should only be attempted in the following order: talk, throw, reach, wade, row, swim, tow and carry.
There are four main rescue strokes: the Front crawl (Freestyle), Breaststroke, Inverted Breaststroke, and Sidestroke.
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.
GMDSS consists of several systems, some of which are new, but many of which have been in operation for many years. The system is intended to perform the following functions: alerting (including position determination of the unit in distress), search and rescue coordination, locating (homing), maritime safety information broadcasts, general communications, and bridge-to-bridge communications. Specific radio carriage requirements depend upon the ship's area of operation, rather than its tonnage. The system also provides redundant means of distress alerting, and emergency sources of power.
Recreational vessels do not need to comply with GMDSS radio carriage requirements, but will increasingly use the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF radios. Offshore vessels may elect to equip themselves further. Vessels under 300 gross tonnage (GT) are not subject to GMDSS requirements.
ITDA also offer training and certification for In-Shore and Off-Shore professional rescue sevices and emergency service support with our PSD Public Safety Diving programs, used by the Malay Government Federal Fire Service, Burnei Government and Many commercial Air and Sea Rescue Training bodies. See ITDA PSD Program for more information about professional rescue.
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