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This website has been mainly designed to cover the UK Life Supports 1 & 3 courses (Life Support 2 was abolished in 2006), run by the Royal Life Saving Society. However, it is suitable to learn the majority of the St. John's Ambulance course and Red Cross.
If you are choosing a course to follow, our advice is to look at the course from a body which you may wish to become a member of. For example, if there was a possibility you may decide to become a Pool Lifeguard, this examination is regulated by the Royal Life Saving Society. Part of the Pool Lifeguard exam is to take Life Support 3, thus it might be more profitable for you to choose the Life Support course. If you were interested in helping out as part of the St. John's Ambulance, take their course, and so on.
Disclaimer: Courses change frequently and it is difficult for teachers and even students to keep up to date with the changes. Whilst we have made every effort to make this page as accurate as possible, we can't guarantee that changes haven't been made since publishing.
Life Support 1
“To gain this award candidates must be able to perform effective CPR on a manikin, turn a live casualty, show action for vomiting and the recovery position and be able to treat bleeding, choking and shock.”
Validity: 24 months
Life Support 3
“To gain this award candidates must be able to perform excellent CPR on an adult, child and infant manikin, turn a live casualty, show action for vomiting and the recovery position. Candidates should demonstrate an excellent level of knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrest, bleeding, choking, shock, hypothermia and drowning.”
Validity: 24 months
St. John's Ambulance Stage 1
St. John's Ambulance Stage 2
St. John's Ambulance Stage 3
Red Cross - Administer First Aid
This Element is out of the scope of this site
Element Two: “Respond to the needs of casualties with major injuries and medical conditions”
Parts of this Element are outside the scope of this site
Element Four: “Perform cardio-pulmanory resuscitation (CPR)”
This qualifies as Advanced Life Support and thus is out of the scope of this site.