S.A.R. SWIMMER (includes the HUET module)

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About the course

Provides the necessary skills to perform basic rescue techniques to save individuals in aquatic environments, recover them and provide first aid until the arrival of professional health care personnel. These rescue techniques are combined with the use of specific safety equipment.  


  • Safety
  • Rescue equipment and devices used by rescue swimmers.
  • Different rescue techniques used by rescue swimmers.
  • First aid.
  • Survival at sea.
  • Maritime training.
  • Signals used by rescue swimmers. International SAR signals.
  • Rescue swimmer operations in different environments.
  • General aspects concerning IAMSAR.
  • Rescue swimmer: psychological aspects.
  • Rescue swimmer: physical, technical and tactical training.
  • National Maritime Rescue Plan.
  • Practical training at the Jovellanos Centre training pool.
  • A visit will be organised to the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (CCS) in Gijón and to the HELIMER Cantabrico rescue helicopter base.

Target group

Aimed at people interested in becoming familiar with this profession (rescue swimmer) and its future professional possibilities (rescue teams, life-savers, rescue professionals, civil protection, fire brigades, security forces dedicated to rescue activities..). 


  1. Be 18 years of age.
  2. Know how to swim.
  3. Provide:
                    - A colour photograph.
                    - Official medical certificate that proves that "trainees do not suffer from any condition that is incompatible with performing aquatic activities”.             
  4. Pass the swimming-diving test in less than 2 minutes:
    •  Swim freestyle to a buoy placed at a distance of 50 m. from the starting point. Once there, dive to collect an item placed at a depth of 4 or 5 metres and bring it to the surface.  
    • This test will be performed in the Jovellanos Centre training pool and candidates must provide their wet suits, booties and hoods, caps and goggles. 

Material Required

In order to perform practical training, trainees must provide their own wet suits, booties, gloves, caps and goggles. 


Camín del Centro de Salvamento Nº 279
33393 Gijón Spain


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