Inland waterways are statistically one of the most dangerous aquatic environments with the Murray and Yarra rivers being the first and third most deadly in Australia. In response to the high level of drowning incidents at this type of environment, this course was developed in partnership with RLSSA as a component of the National Respect the River campaign.
The course is ideal for teachers, supervisors and support staff associated with activities taking place at inland waterway locations. It is also recommended for inland industry representatives such as boating, kayaking and canoeing as well as those involved in camps and aquatic tour operations.
This course will equip candidates with the skills to supervise structured recreational activities at aquatic venues/environments. The course focus includes aquatic guidelines, environments and incidents, student safety, communication, rescue techniques, marine envenomation and CPR.
Successful completion of this course will result in the award of:
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
PUASAR013A Participate in an aquatic rescue operation
SISCAQU006 Supervise clients in aquatic locations
SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescue
Victoria is blessed with hundreds of different inland waterways, including rivers, streams, lakes and dams. These inland waterways include man-made structures are natural wonders, but visiting them does not come without a level of risk.
Based on input from a number of key water safety agencies and designed as a output of the National Respect the River Campaign, the course takes into consideration the needs of school teachers, instructors and other outdoor recreation supervisors who are responsible for the safety of others in an inland waterway environment.
The course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to be able to plan for aquatic safety, emergency response and supervise students in inland waterways. This active and engaging two day course consists of both theory and practical components. Participants will learn vital skills such as communication, aquatic awareness and rescue techniques.
This course is ideal for teachers and support staff associated with activities or events taking place at inland waterway locations. It is also recommended for inland industry representatives such as boating, kayaking and canoeing as well as those involved in camps and aquatic tour operations.
Unit – HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
1.0 Respond to an emergency situation
1.1 Recognise an emergency situation
1.2 Identify, assess and minimise immediate hazards to health and safety of self and others
1.3 Assess the casualty and recognise the need for CPR
1.4 Seek assistance from emergency response services
2.0 Perform CPR procedures
2.1 Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in accordance with ARC guidelines
2.2 Display respectful behaviour towards casualty
2.3 Operate automated external defibrillator (AED) according to manufacturer’s instructions
3.0 Communicate details of the incident
3.1 Accurately convey incident details to emergency response services
3.2 Report details of incident to workplace supervisor as appropriate
3.3 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies
Unit – PUASAR013 Participate in an Aquatic Rescue Operation
1.1 Operation and task information is obtained and discussed with team members.
1.2 Appropriate rescue equipment is identified and selected based on task information as directed by supervisor.
1.3 Personal protective equipment is selected based on the nature of the rescue operation.
1.4 Any further details of the nature of the rescue are received en route.
2.1 Hazards are identified on approach to rescue scene.
2.2 Methods for minimising hazards are discussed and agreed to by team members.
2.3 Hazards and environmental conditions are minimised or controlled.
2.4 Communication with other team members is maintained using appropriate techniques and terminology.
2.5 Health, safety and security procedures are correctly followed in accordance with organisational policy and relevant legislation.
2.6 Personal capabilities and limitations are recognised and referred to supervisor.
2.7 Need for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment is reported to supervisor.
3.1 Access to incident and/or casualties is gained using techniques and equipment in accordance with organisational procedures.
3.2 Rescue procedures are conducted in accordance with supervisor’s instructions and organisational procedures.
3.3 Casualties are prepared for removal in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.
3.4 Casualties are extricated safely using appropriate equipment, rescue techniques and organisational procedures.
4.1 Equipment is recovered, cleaned and maintained to organisational standards and manufacturers’ procedures, and is restored to maintain operational readiness.
4.2 Where identified, signs and symptoms of operational stress in self and others are reported to relevant personnel.
4.3 Operational debriefing is participated in and operational documentation is completed to organisational standards.
4.4 Hygiene precautions are implemented in accordance with organisational requirements.
Unit – SISCAQU006 Supervise Clients at an Aquatic Locations
1.1 Access and interpret the organisation’s risk management plan.
1.2 Identify hazardous behaviours and activities of clients.
1.3 Identify clients at risk or those who have specific needs.
1.4 Identify environmental hazards for clients in aquatic facilities or environments.
1.5. Promote compliance with safety rules of aquatic facility to clients.
1.6. Identify supervision requirements according to relevant legislation, industry codes and organisational policies and procedures and select supervision techniques appropriate to the nature of the facility or environment.
2.1 Promote compliance with safety rules to clients and staff and provide clear information on requirements.
2.2 Identify supervision requirements and select techniques suited to the facility or environment.
2.3 Monitor client behaviour and activities and identify situations that pose a risk to the individual or other facility users.
2.4 Inform clients of unacceptable behaviours and provide clear information about required behaviour.
2.5 Select and use communication and conflict resolution techniques that maximise the chance of positive outcomes.
2.6 Report and document unsafe situations.
3.1 Identify signs of possible casualty or difficulty.
3.2 Assess situation and determine appropriate response to emergency.
3.3 Promptly communicate emergency situation to appropriate personnel.
3.4 Report and document incidents.
Unit – SISCAQU002 Perform Basic Water Rescues
1.1 Recognise signs and signals of a person in difficulty.
1.2 Assess situation to determine appropriate response in an aquatic emergency.
1.3 Identify and assess immediate hazards and risks to self and others.
2.1 Determine rescue type required and promptly formulate a rescue plan.
2.2 Access and use available equipment, as required.
2.3 Perform basic water rescue techniques according to emergency needs using fitness and strength levels required in own work environment.
2.4 Delegate tasks when required.
2.5 Identify and promptly respond to issues that arise during the rescue.
2.6 Monitor the condition of the casualty and plan a course of action.
3.1 Convey incident details accurately to emergency response services.
3.2 Report details of incident to workplace supervisor as appropriate.
3.3 Provide reassurance to bystanders as required.
3.4 Maintain confidentiality of records and information in line with statutory and/or organisational policies.