Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
The PUA20119 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) is designed for introductory level participants in aquatic rescue activities. This will include rescuing, resuscitating and performing basic first aid in aquatic incidents that may involve oceans, rivers, swimming pools and vessels operating in coastal areas.
The role of an aquatic rescuer is to recognise and rescue a person experiencing difficulty in the water, to identify and use different types of rescue equipment and to communicate with community members and other agencies in the event of an aquatic emergency.
This may include undertaking basic patrol duties and developing surf awareness to be able to participate in lifesaving operations. This qualification includes the units of competency required by aquatic rescuers to perform a range of activities such as responding to rescue incidents and conducting patrols. It typically involves working as a team member, under guidance, in aquatic rescue operations.
It is recommended for SLS members who wish to:
• perform in the role of a qualified lifesaver after the age of 15 years
• participate in SLS surf sports competitions which require them to be proficient in the Bronze Medallion as a prerequisite condition
• progress through the SLS Aquatic Rescue or Powercraft award pathway.
SURF LIFE SAVING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
To commence training for the Bronze Medallion you must:
• be a financial member of an SLS club
• be at least 15 years of age on the final assessment date
• complete an unaided swim of 400 m in 8 minutes or less (goggles and masks permitted) in a swimming pool of not less than 25 m, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to you undertaking any water training or assessment activities.
Evidence of this must be provided to the assessor prior to commencement of the assessment for this qualification/SLSA award.
You will also need an everyday standard of language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to:
• follow written, verbal and visual instructions
• read and interpret a range of signs and symbols
• read and interpret written information
• make basic mathematical calculations to carry out everyday activities
• keep accurate written records