Aquatic venues pose risks which can be very serious and life-threatening. Patrons can be put in danger for many reasons and can quickly become distressed in the water and in need of rescue.
This course will teach participants the requirements for basic water rescues. How to recognise a person in difficulty in the water due to swimming ability, accident, injury or illness, decide whether they need rescuing, make a plan for what type of rescue is required, communicate with others for assistance and perform the rescue. Furthermore, it also includes the skills and knowledge to recognise when someone is unconscious and not breathing normally (Cardiac Arrest) and increases their chance of survival by calling an ambulance and performing potentially lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including using a defibrillator, until emergency services arrive to take over.
The unit applies to all workers who may be required to perform basic water rescues in a range of situations, including swimming pools. Work is performed according to accepted best practice principles of aquatic rescues, relevant legislation and organisational policies. Training will also cover the requirements for reporting the incident and maintaining confidentiality.
The course is delivered in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines and applies to all workers or members of the community who may be required to provide CPR in the event of an emergency. The skills in this course are applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
Participants must have the physical capacity to perform 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on the floor.
Participants must have the physical capacity to perform basic water rescue in an indoor or outdoor aquatic venue and also be able to swim 50 meters freestyle, 50 meters breaststroke and 50 meters side stroke.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
- Perform CPR an infant
- Perform CPR on an adult (incl. the use of an AED)
- Non-swimming rescue reach
- Non-swimming rope throw rescues
- Swimming accompanied rescue
- Swimming non-contact tow
- Rescue a submerged or unconscious breathing person
- Performance exercises: Non-swimming throw a flotation and rescue, Wade rescue and Contact tow rescue
Theory assessment – A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.