To successfully the water proficiency component of a Bronze Star course participants must demonstrate a how to inflate clothes and huddle. Participants must demonstrate a backward roll entry wearing a minimum of a shirt and long pants, swim 10 to 15 meters, remove and inflate pants and form a huddle with other participants for 1 minute. Participants learn these skills so that they can develop self-rescue skills wearing clothes and be proficient entering the water in emergency scenario’s while wearing clothes. This exercise also provides candidates a brief understanding of the difficulties of swimming while wearing clothes.
To successfully complete this component of the course participants must:
- Swim the 15 meter distance wearing clothing without stopping.
- Remove pants effectively and easily and properly inflate them.
- Effectively communicate with other participants in creation and formation of the huddle.
- Participants must maintain the huddle position for at least 1 minute.
- Participants should complete the entry, swim, inflation and huddle all in one continuous sequence.
- It is important for participants to understand that the first course of action when in cold water is to get out if distance is not a factor.
- Participants should experiment in the huddle position using a varying number of participants and other buoyant objects such as PFD’s, lifesaver, cooler, kickboards, etc.
To successfully complete the inflated clothes and huddle component component of a Bronze Star course participants should have a strong understanding and be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge mentioned above.