Rescue Medley

Event Description - 100m short course

In short course pools, the Rescue Medley distance is approximately 85m since competitors need not touch the turning wall after retrieving the manikin.

With a dive start on an acoustic signal, the competitor races 50m freestyle to turn, and swim underwater to a submerged manikin located at either 17.5m distance.

The competitor changes direction, surfaces the manikin within the 5m pick-up line, and then carries it back to touch the finish edge. Competitors may breathe during the turn, but not after their feet leave the turning edge until they surface with the manikin. Competitors may push off the bottom when surfacing with the manikin.


Manikin: See Section 4.3 Manikins. The manikin is completely filled with water and sealed for the event. Competitors must use the manikins supplied by organizer.

Positioning the manikin: The manikin is located at a depth between 1.8m and 3m. In water deeper than 3m, the manikin will be placed on a platform (or other suitable support) to position it at the required depth. The manikin is positioned on its back, head in the direction of the finish, with the transverse line in the middle of the manikin’s thorax located on the 17.5m line.

Surfacing the manikin: Competitors must have the manikin in the correct carrying position before the manikin’s head passes the 5 m line.


In addition to the ILS Competition Manual General Rules and Procedures in

  1. Section 3.0 and those outlined in Section 4.1-4.3 and Section 10 the following behaviour will result in disqualification: Surfacing after turning and before lifting the manikin.
  2. Breathing after the feet leave the turning edge and before surfacing with the manikin.
  3. Taking assistance from any pool fitting (e.g., lane rope, steps, drains or underwater hockey fittings) when surfacing with the manikin – not including the bottom of the pool.
  4. Not having the manikin in the correct carrying position before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 5m line
  5. Using an incorrect carrying technique.
  6. Not maintaining the manikin’s mouth or nose above the surface
  7. Releasing the manikin before touching the finish edge. Failure to touch the finish edge.


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