Perform Water Rescues


Royal Life Saving Society NSW is not a CRICOS provider; it is unable to provide national training to overseas students holding a student visa.

You are required to have a reasonable level of fitness‚ swimming ability and be comfortable in deep water to perform the required aquatic skills.

Course Description
The Perform Water Rescue course focuses on developing the participants’ survival and rescue skills enabling them to make the correct decisions in an aquatic emergency. This training will enhance your personal survival skills while providing you with the knowledge and skills to develop the level of judgement‚ technique and physical ability required to safely perform aquatic rescues. The lifesaving skills learnt and developed through the program are a great introduction to becoming a Pool Lifeguard or Swimming Instructor.

Pre-Course Learning
This course requires the completion of an online module prior to attendance at the course. Only those who have completed the online module in full will be able to attend the practical component of this course. (Online Learning will approximately take 2 hours)

Course Theory
The course covers a range of water safety topics including safe water practices; survival in the water; self-preservation; recognising an emergency; assessment before and during a rescue; priorities for rescue;  acceptance of responsibility; use of bystanders; emergency care; and contacting emergency services.

Practical Assessments Include
  • Non-swimming rescue techniques
    • Reach Rescue
    • Throw Rescue
  • Swimming rescue techniques to reach and assist a person in the water
    • 10m non-contact tow
    • 10m contact tow
  • For each of the above rescues:
    • Effectively utilise rescue equipment suited to the type of rescue
    • Communicate effectively with the casualty to provide instructions 
    • Demonstrate fitness and strength throughout the rescue
  • Participate in one debrief and complete an incident report on one of the above rescues
    • Individually complete incident report form for the following:
      • Simulated Water Rescue
    • As a Group, complete an incident debrief on the following:
      • Simulated Water Rescue

To achieve a Statement of Attainment, candidates must successfully complete the practical components under the award conditions.

Upon successful course completion of all components of this course, participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment, listing the following unit of competency:
  • SISCAQU020 Perform water rescues

Candidates are required to bring:
  • Photo Identification
  • Pen 
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Goggles and swim cap (if preferred)

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Upcoming Workshops

Name Date Time Location Available Spaces Cost
Perform Water Rescues 27 April 2024 10:30 am - 11:30 am Toronto Swim Centre 7 $100.00
Perform Water Rescues 20 June 2024 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm Nepean Aquatic Centre 20 $0.00
Perform Water Rescues 12 October 2024 10:30 am - 11:30 am Toronto Swim Centre 10 $100.00
Perform Water Rescues 8 November 2024 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre 20 $100.00
Perform Water Rescues 20 November 2024 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre 20 $100.00
Perform Water Rescues 4 December 2024 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre 20 $100.00