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This course is designed for individuals such as educators who supervise water-based activities and are required to demonstrate their ability to perform water rescues appropriate to the location as well as provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a casualty in a range of situations, including aquatic, community and workplace settings in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines.

This course will provide the knowledge and practical skills required to manage the safety of participants in aquatic recreation facilities, indoor or outdoor, and perform basic water-based rescues in a range of situations. Training will also cover the requirements for reporting the incident and maintaining confidentially.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
SISCAQU020 - Perform water rescues

Course Delivery

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at facility organised by the training provider.

Course Durations

Course durations can vary for multiple reasons, so the durations below are the minimum possible amount.

Refresher Face to Face contact time of at least 4 Hours
Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 5 Hours
Online with face-to-face assessment Face to Face contact time of at least 2 Hours 20 Mins

An individual undertaking this course with Allens Training Pty Ltd will need to demonstrate the following to be eligible for entry:

  • Physical capability to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstration skills including:
  • 2 minutes of uninterrupted CPR on the floor and performing rescue breathing techniques on manikins*  
  • The physical fitness and strength to conduct various swim rescue techniques including a 10-metre contact tow of a person in difficulty
  • Throw a rope and pull/ tow a casualty
  • Visual acuity to see the common visual signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water
  • Hear the common signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water which includes “call for help”
  • Literacy and numeracy skills to be able to meet the demands of the course including:
  • Interpret detailed workplace policies and procedures for venue supervision, risk management of patron safety and emergency response
  • Provide clear and unambiguous verbal and non-verbal communications to staff, activity leaders and patrons
  • Resolve diverse and unexpected safety incidents promptly and decisively

*Important note: In order to issue an accredited certificate, CPR must be performed on the floor with no exemptions. Participants will be required to demonstrate rescue breathing techniques on manikins. Participants will not have the opportunity to request an exemption from providing rescue breaths if they wish to gain a competent result in the Unit of Competency and/or qualification.

Online study:  Students must have access to a computer, smartphone, tablet or other electronic devices with access to the internet to complete the online/ pre-course studies.

Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.

The units have the following recommended renewal periods:
Unit Period
HLTAID009 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation 12 months
SISCAQU020 - Perform water rescues Not applicable

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

Performance tasks and practical scenarios:

  • Perform CPR on an adult (incl. the use of an AED and placing a casualty into the recovery position)
  • Perform CPR on an infant
  • Recognise and respond to three (3) situations:
    • Perform two (2) non-swim rescues - reach and throw rescue
    • Perform two (2) swim rescues
      • Complete a ten metre swim and then complete one non-contact tow, towing the rescued person for at least ten metres, and remove the person from the water without assistance from another person
      • Complete a ten metre swim and then complete one contact tow, towing the rescued person for at least ten metres, and remove the person from the water with assistance from one other person
  • Demonstrate the following knowledge and skills for each rescue outlined above:
    • effectively utilise rescue equipment suited to the type of rescue
    • communicate effectively with the person in distress to provide instructions
    • demonstrate fitness and strength throughout the rescue
  • Documentation  complete an Incident Report form 

Theory assessment: A written exam consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions must be completed at the end of the training session. Students must answer all questions

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909