PUASAR013A – Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
This unit covers the competency required to participate in rescue operations as a member of an aquatic rescue team, including inland rivers, lakes, dams, surf zones and oceans. This unit underpins specialist rescue operations.
Participation in a rescue operation may involve working with personnel who are trained appropriately to treat casualties including first aid officers, lifesavers, lifeguards, ambulance crew, doctors, nurses and paramedics.
This unit replaces PUASAR009B Participate in an aquatic rescue operation.
Participating in an aquatic rescue operation, normally as a member of a team, will require the effective application of a variety of skills. Competence in this unit will include appropriate preparedness, response, direct participation in the rescue and appropriate post-rescue recovery. Successful achievement of this unit will require practical and effective application of skills in a real or simulated rescue operation.
This unit is typically relevant for lifesavers, lifeguards or other rescue personnel who are required to perform or participate in rescues (regularly or occasionally) in an aquatic environment.
|1. Prepare and respond to rescue
1.1 Operation and task information is obtained and discussed with team members
1.2 Appropriate rescue equipment is identified and selected based on task information as directed by supervisor
1.3 Personal protective equipment is selected based on the nature of the rescue operation
1.4 Any further details of the nature of the rescue are received en route
2. Participate in assessing the rescue scene
2.1 Hazards are identified on approach to rescue scene
2.2 Methods for minimising hazards are discussed and agreed to by team members
2.3 Hazards and environmental conditions are minimised or controlled
2.4 Communication with other team members is maintained using appropriate techniques and terminology
2.5 Health, safety and security procedures are correctly followed in accordance with organisational policy and relevant legislation
2.6 Personal capabilities and limitations are recognised and referred to supervisor
2.7 Need for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment is reported to supervisor
3. Perform rescue
3.1 Access to incident and/or casualties is gained using techniques and equipment in accordance with organisational procedures
3.2 Rescue procedures are conducted in accordance with supervisor’s instructions and organisational procedures
3.3 Casualties are prepared for removal in accordance with organisational policy and procedures
3.4 Casualties are extricated safely using appropriate equipment, rescue techniques and organisational procedures
4. Conclude rescue operations
4.1 Equipment is recovered, cleaned and maintained to organisational standards and manufacturers’ procedures, and is restored to maintain operational readiness
4.2 Where identified, signs and symptoms of operational stress in self and others are reported to relevant personnel
4.3 Operational debriefing is participated in and operational documentation is completed to organisational standards
4.4 Hygiene precautions are implemented in accordance with organisational requirements
Required Skills & Knowledge
Rescue operations may include participation in
Rescue equipment may include
Personal protective equipment may include
Hazards may include
Environmental conditions may include
Communication techniques may include
Operational documentation may include
Hygiene precautions may include
|Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Assessment must confirm the ability to:
Consistency in performance
Specific resources for assessment
Method of assessment
In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.