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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.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

SISCAQU002 - Perform basic water rescues
HLTAID001 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Course Delivery

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at facility organised by the training provider.

Course Durations

Course durations can vary for multiple reasons, so the durations below are the minimum possible amount.

Refresher Face to Face contact time of at least 5 Hours
Blended Face to Face contact time of at least 5 Hours
Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 6 Hours

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.

Pre-course study: Students may be required to undertake online pre-course work prior to attending the face to face session depending on the course delivery mode.

Online study: Students must have access to a computer, smartphone, tablet or other electronic device with access to the internet to complete the online/ pre-course studies.

Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

This certificate does not require renewal

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Performance 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.

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909