PUA20119 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) is designed for introductory level participants in aquatic rescue activities. This includes 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.

Delivery Model

The qualification is delivered via a blended format involving the use of an online Learner Guide and assessments prior to the commencement of the course. This is followed by three consecutive days of face-to-face training and assessment in an aquatic environment with simulated or real work scenarios.


All training and assessment days are held on the Gold Coast.

Online learning and assessment (approximately 4 hours to complete)

The online learning component gives you the time and space to learn and complete theory assessments at your own pace, when and wherever you want. The duration of this component will vary depending on your past experiences and knowledge. You must have successfully completed the online assessment prior to attending the practical face to face component of the course.

Face-to-face practical sessions (3 days)

These face-to-face practical sessions give you the opportunity to learn the skills, practice them and apply them in a real-life situation. You will receive feedback from your trainer and then you will complete the required assessment tasks.

Note: If you already have a current First Aid Certificate that will be valid for at least another 6 months, you may be able to complete the practical sessions in 2 days.


The cost of the full qualification is $380. If you have completed the course previously or have a current First Aid certificate that will be valid for at least another 6 months, please let us know as you may be eligible for a discount.

As Tallebudgera OEEC is a Queensland Government school, the RTO is not eligible to become a Skills Assure Supplier so is unable to provide services subsidised by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. This includes VET in Schools funding, the User Choice Program, apprenticeships or traineeships.

Participant Numbers

All face-to-face training and assessment blocks will run subject to minimum numbers and confirmation that the session will be going ahead will be sent two weeks prior to each scheduled session.

Course Requirements

In order to be able to successfully complete this qualification, you will need:

  • Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Technology skills including:
    • reading skills to interpret statutory signage, warning signs and instructions regarding the use of First Aid and CPR resources and Automated External Defibrillators
    • writing skills to complete workplace reports
    • numeracy skills to perform simple calculations such as the rate of chest compressions and rescue breathing
    • oral communication skills to make accurate verbal reports to emergency response services and workplace supervisors
    • digital technology skills to read electronic learner resources and complete online assessments
  • the physical ability to meet the following requirements:
    • swimming in the surf in moderate conditions, implementing self-rescue techniques by swimming past the breakers and returning to the beach
    • paddling surf craft e.g. rescue board and using a rescue tube
    • performing at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on adult and infant resuscitation manikins placed on the floor.
  • access to a computer with internet access to complete online learning and assessments
  • suitable sunsafe swimwear for practical tasks.

Learner Support

If you have any special learning or physical needs or if you are concerned about any of the above requirements, please contact us to discuss your concerns and find out what support options are available. This includes Language, Literacy or Numeracy (LLN) needs or difficulties in accessing a computer and/or the internet to complete the online learning and assessment.

Units of Competency

On successful completion of the training and assessment activities, you will be awarded with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the following Units of Competency:

Core Units (6 Units)

HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support

PUACOM001 Communicate in the workplace

PUASAR012 Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills

PUASAR013 Participate in an aquatic rescue operation

PUATEA001 Work in a team

PUATEA004 Work effectively in a public safety organisation

General Elective Units (2 Units)

HLTAID011 Provide first aid

SISCAQU020 Perform water rescues

Note: HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation is also completed during this course as part of First Aid.

How to enrol 

  1. Please contact your Trainer, Symeko Jochinke by email: sjoch0@eq.edu.au or mobile: 0400 721 493.
  2. Symeko will discuss training options with you and ensure the course is appropriate for you.
  3. You will then be sent an Enrolment Form and provided with additional information about when courses may be scheduled.