Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
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.
Communicate in the workplace
Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
Work in a team
Work effectively in a public safety organisation
Provide basic emergency life support
Provide services to clients
Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures
Navigate in an aquatic environment
Operate communications systems and equipment
Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills
Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre
Drive vehicles under operational conditions
Respond to an aquatic emergency using basic water rescue techniques
Supervise clients at an aquatic facility or environment
Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities
Manoeuvre a vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Master 5
Observe safety and emergency procedures on a coastal vessel
Observe personal safety and social responsibilities
Fight and extinguish fires on board a coastal vessel
Prevent, control and fight fires on board an ocean-going vessel
Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
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).
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 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
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