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.

Learning Outcomes

A total of 8 units of competency comprising

6 core units plus 2 elective units

  • HLTAID002 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
  • PUAWHS001 Follow defined work, health and safety policies and procedures
  • SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues