Life Saving for GCSE Physical Education

by Owen Senior News

Life Saving for GCSE Physical Education

We are very excited to introduce Life Saving into our GCSE and A-Level PE line up.

On the AQA syllabus Life Saving comes in the category of ‘Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges of an adventurous nature

To achieve top marks candidates need to be able to do the following:

  1. Entry into water/entries into unknown conditions. Floating – ability to maintain buoyancy & ability to submerge – feet first/head first. Surface dive, from water to depth
  2. Strokes/propelling – greater speed/distance to casualty/with casualty
  3. Life saving kick/side stroke – stroke efficiency
  4. Tows – pace judgment, timing, approaching casualty/turns – maneuvering a casualty when turning
  5. Contact/non-contact tows using rigid/non-rigid aids/conserving energy/breath/heat

It says that students should…‘apply the above skills/techniques in increasingly demanding situations, such as, in competition/authentic context.’

What could be more demanding and authentic than coasteering?!

We are experts in life saving and keeping people safe in the water so we are in the perfect situation, not only to get pupils great marks, but also teach lots of valuable knew skills.

We also have the benefit of a heated indoor swimming pool at Harrow House, which is onsite at our indoor residential facility!

Students that can swim and are comfortable in the water, are capable of getting top marks with two sessions in the daytime and the evening . Some students may need another session or two to reach their full potential. Given the nature of these training days, the programmes are quite bespoke, so please give us a call and we can put together a programme that suits your pupils best.

We also have a webpage about our GCSE PE trips HERE