Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

We try our service for members or those who want to become one, continually expand. Many questions can contact us and all will be answered very shortly and comprehensively generally.

Often, however, we can find that there are questions with the same content. So that we can save ourselves the trouble to send individual responses, here is an overview of issues that have been brought to our attention.

now gives you the opportunity to get a quick answer to your question without much effort.

membership

How do I become a DLRG member?

To become a member, please fill in the membership form and either take it to the DLRG office or mail it there. You will get the form from the office or can download the pdf file here. [download]

How much is the membership fee?

Die Beitragshöhe ist abhängig vom Mitgliederstatus. Die aktuellen Beitragshöhen finden Sie hier.

For how long will I be a member?

You will be member for an indefinite time. Your membership will end if you withdraw from the organisaion, if you are removed from the membership list, are expelled or decease. The termination of membership will become effective at the end of a year.

Members who are in arears with two annual fees will be removed from the membership list (Art. 4 (2) of the by-laws).

Please remember to pay your membership fee. To save time and work, you can issue a direct debit order and we will be happy to collect the amount from your bank account. Please contact our office for more Information.

When do I have to pay the membership?

The fees are due at the beginning of each year, but not later than on 15 February.  (Art. 5 (3) of the by-laws).

New members must pay the membership fee when handing in the membership application. Payment can be made in cash, by remittance or by direct debit authorisation. You will get a discount if we receive the full payment on or before 15 February. Discounted rates are not available for businesses or any other organisations.

Members who are in arears with two annual fees will be removed from the membership list (Art. 4 (2) of the by-laws).

Can I pay the membership fee in monthly instalments?

A payment in monthly or other instalments is not possible. Exceptions may be granted by the local office in hardship cases.

How do I end my membership?

You want to leave us? We would be sorry to lose any of our members and maybe you like to reconsider your decision. The DLRG is a non-profit organisation which is mainly financed through membership fees and donations.

With your membership fee you support our volunteer work and also make an important contribution to help finance our emergency and rescue equipment. It doesn't matter whether you are an active or a non-active member, each member helps save lives.

If you wish to leave the DLRG, please send a letter to our office. This letter must be received by the office on or before 30 November. (Art. 4 (2) of the by-laws)

More information can be found here.

What is a sponsoring member?

The DLRG stands for competent, humanitarian und responsible response and action. As a sponsoring member, you support the work of the DLRG. With your membership fee and/or donations you make an important contribution to the education and equipment of our volunteers and to the acquisition of new and maintenance of existing rescue equipment.

The DLRG is a non-profit organisation which is mainly financed through membership fees and donations.

How do I become a sponsoring member?

You wish to become a sponsoring member and thus an important part of the DLRG? Joining us, you will be supporting not simply a non-profit organisation, but the largest volunteer water rescue organisation wordwide.

To become a sponsoring member, please fill in the membership form and either take it to the DLRG office or mail it there. You will get the form from the office or can download the pdf file here.

Our district manager will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Section 10 b of the German Income Tax Act allows you to reclaim your DLRG membership fee with your tax return. In some cases, the tax office will require a confirmation letter by our organisation in addition to your bank statement. In such case, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask for one.

children swimming

How do I register my child for a swimming course?

You will find all the information on our websites.

How long will such course be?

There is no single answer. It depends on the type of course you have chosen.

The duration of the course is a different one for each type of course. A first aid course, for instance, will normally take one or two days, while exercise or training courses are continuous courses without any fixed start or end date.

Swimming and lifesaving training is meant to accommodate individual skills and abilities of the course participants. Our DLRG training team is proud to offer each course participant the help and assistance he or she needs. As a result, it is up to the course participants how much time they take to reach training and examination targets. We are working on a volunteer basis, without payment and in our free time. We teach without any time or performance pressure. We want you to enjoy becoming safe swimmers.

Our course, our instructors will be happy to answer your questions on their courses .

I've been waiting for a course for so long…

We are sorry to learn that but sometimes we cannot avoid it. Our course offers depend on the resources available to us.

The long waiting times for swimming and lifesaving training are a result of the very limiuted number of hours during which we can use the pools. We do not have indoor swimming pools of our own and therefore have to use the pools rum by the Berliner Bäder-Betriebe AoR (BBB). Unfortunately, we have not had been granted enough pool time for the courses we would like to offer for a number of years now, although our team of excellently qualified instructors is large enough to offer more courses.

We have already rented a privately owned swimming pool for the beginners’ courses, but the pool hours are still not enough.

We hope that the situation will improve in the future and ask for your patience and understanding.

At which age I can register my child?

Our swimming courses (for the beginner's swimming badge called “seahorse badge”) can be attended by children aged 6 or older.

After obtaining the seahorse badge, all children can directly start our youth swim training. There are no age restrictions for the bronze and silver German youth swimming badge (DJSA). However, children must be at least 9 years of age if they want to take the examination for the gold German youth swimming badge.

Once someone has earned the gold youth swimming badge, they can start with their junior lifesaver training. Children must be at least 10 years old for the junior lifesaver examination.

After you have become a junior lifesaver, it is time to improve your individual skills and endurance. You can decide whether you want to join a course to prepare for a higher lifesaver examination or join our swim competition group.

The examination for the bronze German lifesaver badge (DRSA) can be taken at the age of 12, the silver one at the age of 15 years and the gold one at the age of 16 years.

May I watch training sessions?

Of course you may, but you will have to stay behind the windows and glass doors. For a professional and successful training session, it is very important that the instructors get the full attention of the course participant.

If the parents stand or sit by the pool, they will distract their children who will mainly watch the faces and gesture of their parents and pay less attention to their instructors. Some children may even feel a bit pressured to perform and wish to impress their parents if their parents are near the pool.

Of course, we are very happy to see that you show so much interest in the training offered by the DLRG and do understand that you want to see how this training works.

All the indoor pools we use have big windows and glass doors so you can easily watch your children. This way, the children can see you and know that their parents are waiting for them outside and you can follow the training session.

Where does the training take place?

We use more than one swimming pool for our training courses. The table below will give you an overview.

  SP Teltower Damm SP Hüttenweg SP Finckensteinallee YAEC Claszeile
Swim training for children Monday/Wednesday - - -
Swim training for young people - Thursday - -
Swim training for adults - Thursday - -
Junior lifesaver training - Thursday - -
Lifesaving training - Thursday - -
Competition group - Thursday Wednesday -
First-aid course - - - Saturday/Sunday
SP = Swimming pool
YAEC = Youth and education centre

My child cannot change his/her clothes himself/herself…

Don’t worry, children learn very quickly. This is a task for you then: Children should be able to dress und undress without assistance at the age of 6. If your child does not yet manage, please practice at home.

When it comes to minor difficulties like putting the shoes on correctly, our team – which is specially trained to work  with children – will give a helping hand. Our youngest course participants will at all times get assistance when Dressing.

If there is a major problem, please contact the head instructor. We will certainly find a solution.

As a rule, children should change their clothes without any assistance, mainly because it helps them become independent, but we also want to protect the children and avoid that third parties access the changing room.

Youth Swimming

Where does the training take place?

We use more than one swimming pool for our training courses. The table below will give you an overview.

  SP Teltower Damm SP Hüttenweg SP Finckensteinallee YAEC Claszeile
Swim training for children Monday/Wednesday - - -
Swim training for young people - Thursday - -
Swim training for adults - Thursday - -
Junior lifesaver training - Thursday - -
Lifesaving training - Thursday - -
Competition group - Thursday Wednesday -
First-aid course - - - Saturday/Sunday
SP = Swimming pool
YAEC = Youth and education centre

These training sessions are really late in the day…

This is right, but we can offer our courses only during the pool times we have been granted.

We do not have any swimming pools of our own and therefore have to use the municipal pools run by Berliner Bäder-Betriebe AöR (BBB). Pool times are allocated to us. So we take whatever time we get and try to make the best of it.

When we plan our courses, we see to it that the courses for the younger children will take place during the earlier hours. This means that older course participants will have to attend their courses at the later hours.

We are aware that you get to bed only late after training and a sometimes long way home. Our instructors are faced with the same difficulties as they have to go work, school or university the next morning.

However, we cannot help this situation until we will be allocated other time windows for using the pools.

Can my child change the course?

Yes, a change is possible. It does not always make much sense, though. Usually, we test the individual child's skills. This helps us find the best course for your child. Often, age and height are also important, because in a group of equals your child will have more fun and achieve better results.

If there is an important reason why you want your child to change to another course, please contact the head instructor. We will find a solution.

What is an exercise group?

The name reflects the idea behind the programme: In an exercise group, the participants exercise their skills and prepare for the next-level examination, a swimming badge or lifesaver certificate. The German examination regulations often specify timelines for the examinations. But time and performance pressure can be avoided.

In the exercise groups, we allow all participants to develop their skills at their own pace and build the necessary endurance. Our well-trained team of instructors will help them master the targets of the next examination level. With enough practice, it is usually relatively easy for the course participants to pass these examinations.

What is an exam group?

The aim of the exam groups is to take the examinations for swimming badges or lifesaver certificates. In these groups, participants will not repeat and exercise certain skills needed for the examination as often as in the exercise Groups.

The German examination regulations very clearly state the timeframes during which examinations for swimming badges or lifesaver certificates must be taken. This is why the exam groups offer less time for intense training and exercises.

So, if you need to practice skills, the exercise group is perfect for you. If you feel ready for a test for a swimming badge or lifesaver certificate, you should join the exam Group.

Lifeguard swimming

How do I register for a course?

You find all the information on our websites.

What qualification levels are there?

Please find here an overview of the swimming and lifesaving qualifications. (Please note that some of them can be obtained only by active members.)

110 - Initial pre-course swimming test

111 - Beginners -seahorse

112 - Swimming certificate for adults

120 - German youth swimming pass

121 - German youth swimming badge bronze (DJSA bronze)

122 - German youth swimming badge silver (DJSA silver)

123 - German youth swimming badge gold (DJSA Gold)

130 - German swimming pass

131 - German swimming badge bronze (DAS bronze)

132 - German swimming badge silver (DAS silver)

133 - German swimming badge gold (DAS Gold)

140 – Preparatoty DLRG tests for lifesaver Training

141 - Junior lifesaver

150 - German lifesaver pass

151 - German lifesaver badge bronze (DRSA bronze)

152 - German lifesaver badge silver (DRSA silver)

153 - German lifesaver badge gold (DRSA Gold)

More skill levels can only be acquired by DLRG active members; they are therefore not listed here.

The various swimming and lifesaver qualifications are laid down in the German examination regulation (DPO). In other areas (such as first-aid and paramedical training or aquatic rescue), qualification level requirements are defined by the specific DLRG examination regulation.

 

What targets do I have to meet to pass these examinations?

The swimming and lifesaving examination requirements can be found in the German examination regulations. (DPO). You will them here (in German only).

 

How much is a lifesaver course?

As a rule, all swimming and lifesaver courses are offered free of charge to our members.

If you take part in a lifesaver exam course, the Berlin DLRG chapter (DLRG-Landesverband Berlin e.V.) will charge EUR 20 for the participant booklet, the examination card, the theoretical and practical examination plus the issue of the lifesaver pass.

You are not a member, you will also be charged a short-term membership fee. The total sum due will be EUR 90.

If you take a first-aid course together with the German lifesaver badge courses (silver and gold), you will pay a discounted rate of EUR 25. If taken separately, the first-aid course will cost EUR 35. Please note that a first-aid certificate is compulsory if you want to obtain a lifesaver badge.

When do the lifesaver courses take place?

The lifesaver courses take place on Thursdays (except during the summer holidays) at the Hüttenweg pool.

The bronze courses take place between 8.30pm and 9.15pm, the silver and gold courses between 9.15pm and 10.00pm.

Please note that you need to register and be admitted to such course. It is not possible to take part in any session without prior Registration.

Where do the lifesaver courses take place?

The practical lifesaving training takes place at the Hüttenweg pool.

The theory lessons and examations take place at the Claszeile centre. Your invitation will state the date and time.