Perform basic water rescues (Release 1)

This unit of competency, SISXCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues, covers what is required to perform basic water rescues in indoor or outdoor aquatic venues. 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..

The elements and performance criteria include:

  1. Identify and evaluate aquatic emergencies.
    1.1 Recognise signs and signals of a person in difficulty.
    1.2 Assess situation to determine appropriate response in an aquatic emergency.
    1.3 Identify and assess immediate hazards and risks to self and others.
  2. Apply basic water rescue principles.
    2.1 Determine rescue type required and promptly formulate a rescue plan.
    2.2 Access and use available equipment, as required.
    2.3 Perform basic water rescue techniques according to emergency needs using fitness and strength levels required in own work environment.
    2.4 Delegate tasks when required.
    2.5 Identify and promptly respond to issues that arise during the rescue.
    2.6 Monitor the condition of the casualty and plan a course of action.
  3. Communicate incident details.

3.1 Convey incident details accurately to emergency response services.
3.2 Report details of incident to workplace supervisor as appropriate.
3.3 Provide reassurance to bystanders as required.
3.4 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies.

Purchase the materials: 

  • Assessor Guide / Benchmarks;
  • Learner’s Assessment Workbook;
  • Powerpoint Slides;
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Kit (Assessor and Participant);
  • Third Party Report; and,
  • Assessment Matrix.

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