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ASTM F1824-97(2021)

Standard Guide for Performance of a Water Rescuer—Level II

Standard Guide for Performance of a Water Rescuer—Level II F1824-97R21 ASTM|F1824-97R21|en-US Standard Guide for Performance of a Water Rescuer—Level II Standard new BOS Vol. 13.02 Committee F32
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Significance and Use

4.1 This guide is to be used to expand the performance of water rescuers and improve the emergency response and patient care delivered to victims in the water and cold water environment at lakes, ponds, quarries, and similar bodies of water.

4.2 All persons who are identified as water rescuers shall meet the requirements of this guide.

4.3 This guide is not intended to be used in isolation, but as a component guide, acknowledging various types/conditions at water emergencies and many duties of response at these incidents. It also establishes a minimum scope of performance and encourages the addition of optional knowledge, skills, and attitudinal objectives.

4.4 This guide is not for ice, coastal, or river/swiftwater rescues. There will be additional standards to cover the specifics for those water characteristics.

4.5 This guide does not establish water rescue protocols for the pool, beach, or other area lifeguards.

4.6 This guide does not establish medical protocols, nor does it authorize invasive procedures without specific authorization and medical control.

4.7 This guide is intended to assist government agencies; state, local, or regional organizations; fire departments; marine patrols; rescue teams; and others who are responsible for establishing a minimum performance for personnel who respond to water emergencies.

4.8 A water rescuer shall be wearing a PFD, plus cold water protection when applicable.


1.1 This guide covers minimum requirements for performance of a water rescuer who performs water rescues from the surface at lakes, ponds, quarries, and other similar bodies of water; assists with support for rescue divers; and provides initial patient care at a water emergency.

1.2 This guide is one of a series which, together with Guide F1739, describe the minimum performance requirements of a water rescuer.

1.3 Individuals who will operate in the water setting need to be aware of the equipment and physical requirements necessary to be able to perform all identified objectives and necessary skills in the setting.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 13.02
Developed by Subcommittee: F32.03
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/F1824-97R21
ICS Code: 13.200