Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 8 units

All 5 core units plus 3 elective units

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The 3 elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below and may include 2 units taken from this Training Package, any other endorsed Training Package or any state/territory accredited qualification where the unit is in a qualification at the same level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic PUACOM001C

Communicate in the workplace

add topic PUASAR013A

Participate in an aquatic rescue operation

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic PUATEA004D

Work effectively in a public safety organisation

add topic HLTFA201A

Provide basic emergency life support


Elective Units

add topic PUACOM002B

Provide services to clients

add topic PUAEQU001B

Prepare, maintain and test response equipment

add topic PUAOHS001C

Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures

add topic PUAOPE009C

Navigate in an aquatic environment

add topic PUAOPE013A

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic PUASAR012C

Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills

add topic PUASES012A

Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre

add topic PUAVEH001B

Drive vehicles under operational conditions

add topic SRCAQU003B

Respond to an aquatic emergency using basic water rescue techniques

add topic SRCAQU006B

Supervise clients at an aquatic facility or environment

add topic SRCAQU014B

Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities

add topic TDMMC807B

Manoeuvre a vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Master 5

add topic TDMMF5407A

Observe safety and emergency procedures on a coastal vessel


add topic TDMMF5607A

Observe personal safety and social responsibilities

add topic TDMMF5507A

Fight and extinguish fires on board a coastal vessel


add topic TDMMF6207A

Prevent, control and fight fires on board an ocean-going vessel

add topic TDMMF1107B

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic TDMMR4307B

Assist in mooring and anchor handling activities


HLT unit has been imported from the HLT07 Health Training Package.

SRC units have been imported from the SRC04 Community Recreation Training Package.

TDM units have been imported from the TDM07 Maritime Training Package.

Information about customising PUA00 Public Safety Training Package qualifications is on page 12.


    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, such as:

    working in a lifesaver, lifeguard or marine rescue role

    with vocational experience in beach or marine safety roles.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving the PUA21010 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role, such as:

    PUA31310 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)

    PUA31404 Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety).

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for PUA21010 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA21010 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Public Safety qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement


interact with people internally and externally through verbal, non-verbal and written communications in the workplace and follow verbal and written workplace instructions

provide verbal reports to paramedical personnel

use active listening skills and questioning techniques to clarify issues

use established communication pathways for routine and non-routine communication

use language that is clear, concise and appropriate to client, assignment and organisation's requirements, in all communications


assist members of other emergency services

contribute to the identification of team goals and objectives

discuss methods for minimising hazards with team members and reach agreement as a team

encourage others/team members

obtain and discuss operation and task information with team members

participate in rescue operations as a member of an aquatic rescue team

take part in group discussions and informal meetings

work cooperatively with personnel from other organisations

Problem solving

minimise or control hazards and environmental conditions

provide emergency care pending the arrival of appropriately qualified personnel

recognise and resolve problems and conflict

rectify and/or report first aid equipment faults

research hazards en-route to the incident area to determine a safe route/course

Initiative and enterprise

initiate search and rescue patterns if required within the incident area where distressed vessel or survivors are believed to now be located

raise occupational health and safety issues with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant occupational health and safety legislation

recognise and refer to the supervisor, personal capabilities and limitations

use improvised techniques where access to equipment is limited

Planning and organising

assess work load and set priorities within allocated timeframes

identify factors affecting work requirements, assess their impact and take appropriate action to ensure work requirements are met

identify hazards and assess risks

prepare and make ready for use relevant maps/charts, electronic navigation aids and navigation equipment

report the need for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment to the supervisor

select personal protective equipment based on the nature of the rescue operation


develop and maintain own expertise

effectively recognise level of well being necessary to perform work

identify signs and symptoms of operational stress in self and others and report these signs and symptoms to relevant personnel

identify training and development needs relevant to the area of work

manage own work

monitor own work

recognise and manage signs of personal stress


learn about casualty handling techniques

learn about manual handling techniques

learn about priorities for life support in emergencies including the DRABC (danger, response, airway, breathing ventilation and circulation assessments) model

learn about resuscitation techniques

learn about systems of the body

learn about verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including hand signals and language style


operate a chart plotter

operate a GPS

operate a radio system

operate an appropriate sized rescue vessel

operate an intercom system

operate first aid equipment

operate satellite phones from search and rescue authority

use communication technology if relevant to workplace requirements

use information technology effectively