Search as a member of an aquatic search team

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PUASAR011C, 'Search as a member of an aquatic search team'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for aquatic search

1.1 Search operation information and task information is obtained and discussed with team members.

1.2 Task information is used to determine personal equipment needed for search operation.

1.3 Search equipment is selected and checked for serviceability, and is stored/packed for use.

1.4 Faulty equipment is reported to supervisor.

2. Participate in aquatic search

2.1 Specified team roles and functions are carried out in accordance with operational and task information.

2.2 Search formation or grids are used to locate missing persons or objects.

2.3 Search boundaries are marked in line with task requirements.

2.4 Observation skills are applied, and any clues or objects located are reported immediately in accordance with organisational procedures.

2.5 Communication is maintained with team members throughout the search.

2.6 Personal capabilities and limitations are recognised and referred to team leader.

3. Maintain aquatic search safety

3.1 Search safety procedures are implemented.

3.2 Survival techniques are applied when necessary.

3.3 Lost searcher procedures are implemented when necessary.

4. Recover person or findings

4.1 Team leader is immediately advised of located persons or findings in accordance with organisational procedures.

4.2 Persons or findings are recovered and treated using appropriate search safety procedures.

4.3 Initial preservation procedures are implemented to maintain integrity of evidence.

4.4 Initial scene preservation is conducted in line with organisational requirements.

5. Complete recall and stand down procedures

5.1 Search equipment is recovered, cleaned and maintained in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines and organisational procedures.

5.2 Operational debriefing is participated in and operational documentation is completed to organisational standards.

5.3 Where identified, symptoms of operational stress are recognised and reported.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PUASAR011C appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA31310 - Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)
  • PUA42610 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)

And the skillsets: