Pool Lifeguard-SISSS00133

This Skill Set provides the skills to supervise the safety of participants in aquatic recreation facilities and manage water-based rescues and emergencies. The primary objective of a Pool Lifeguard at an aquatic location is to supervise patrons within the aquatic environment and to assist in preventing drowning.

The course applies to individuals who may be required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies.

This Skill Set stands alone and incorporates the content of the following units:

  • HLTAID009 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID010 Provide basic emergency life support
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • SISCAQU019 Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations
  • SISCAQU020 Perform water rescues
  • SISCAQU021 Perform complex water rescues
  • SISCAQU022 Provide oxygen resuscitation and therapy in an aquatic environment

Entry Requirements

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:
  • CPR*
  • Swim 25 metres and perform a 25 metre non-contact tow of a casualty. Working as a team, extract a casualty from deep water using extraction equipment and demonstrate advanced resuscitation techniques
  • Swim 10 metres and then complete a minimum 10 metre contact tow of a conscious casualty and remove the casualty from the water without assistance.
  • Swim 25 metres and then retrieve an object replicating a person at the deepest part of the pool at the aquatic facility (but no greater than two (2) metres) and perform a 25-metre contact tow of an unconscious casualty. Work as a team to extract the casualty with suspected spinal injury using spinal immobilisation extraction equipment from shallow water
  • Visual acuity to see the common visual signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water which includes “lack of movement” and ”arm waving”
  • Hear the common visual signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water which includes “calling for help”

Please note, if you plan to work as a Pool Lifeguard, the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations note there are minimum age, health and fitness requirements of persons employed to be performing the role of a Pool Lifeguard. The Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPO) SV11 Pool Lifeguard Health Assessments outlines the criteria regarding vision, hearing, epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, pregnancy and immunizations. SV12 Pool Lifeguard Fitness Assessments outlines the criteria to ensure lifeguards are physically fit enough to perform the required tasks and to provide a measure of safety should an emergency occur that requires physical ability.

There is an additional on-the-job licensing requirement for pool lifeguards working in NSW. Please check with your employer regarding these requirements.

*Important note: In order to issue an accredited certificate, CPR must be performed on the floor and rescue breathing techniques demonstrated on manikins, with no exemptions.

Assessment Activities for the Full Pool Lifeguard -SISSS00133

  • Simulated First Aid Scenario – Adult CPR (Selection of a scenario where the student has no prior knowledge of the casualty’s condition prior to starting treatment)
  • Complete a first aid incident report form based on the simulated first aid scenario
  • Performance Task – Infant and Child CPR
  • Performance Tasks – Medical, Trauma & Environmental (Tasks 1 – 8)
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Asthma
    • Choking
    • Non-life-threatening-bleeding, minor wound cleaning & shock
    • Nosebleed
    • Fractures & dislocations
    • Sprains and strains
    • Envenomation (snake/ funnel-web spider bite)
  • Identify the casualty’s illness or injury through history, signs and symptoms.
    • use personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
    • provide appropriate first aid treatment.
    • convey incident details to emergency services or advise casualty on any required post incident action.
    • provide an accurate verbal and written report of the incident.
    • review the incident.
  • Recognise and respond to three (3) supervision scenarios:
    • Unsafe patron behaviour resulting in breaches of safety rules
    • At-risk persons with special needs
    • An emergency situation resulting in pool closure
  • Participate in a discussion with an aquatic industry leader to clarify safety rules for the activity
  • Identify the common signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water and possible contributing factors
  • Demonstrating fitness, strength, efficiency and speed, to perform the following complex aquatic rescues:
    • Two (2) non-swim assists – talk, reach and  throw rescues
    • Swim 25 metres and perform a 25 metre non-contact tow of a casualty. Working as a team, extract a casualty from deep water using extraction equipment. 
    • Swim 10 metres and then complete a minimum 10 metre contact tow of a conscious casualty and remove the casualty from the water without assistance.  
    • Swim 25 metres and then retrieve an object replicating a person at the deepest part of the pool at the aquatic facility (but no greater than two (2) metres) and perform a 25-metre contact tow of an unconscious casualty. Work as a team to extract the casualty with suspected spinal injury using spinal immobilisation extraction equipment from shallow water.
  • 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 Incident Report forms and an Equipment fault Log
  • 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
  • Complete the tasks in line with State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies and workplace or site procedures.

 

Pool Lifeguard Annual Refresher

HLTAID009, SISCAQU019, SISCAQU020, SISCAQU021 & SISCAQU022

Annual Refresher Every 12 months:

Duration: 8 hrs plus pre-study

The following units will be included in your certificate:

  • HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • SISCAQU022 – Provide oxygen resuscitation and therapy in an aquatic environment
  • SISCAQU019 – Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations
  • SISCAQU020 – Perform water rescues
  • SISCAQU021 – Perform complex water rescues

 

Annual Refresher

Assessment Activities
  • Simulated First Aid Scenario – Adult CPR (Selection of a scenario where the student has no prior knowledge of the casualty’s condition prior to starting treatment)
  • Complete two first aid incident report forms based on the simulated first aid scenarios
  • Performance Task – Infant CPR
  • Identify the casualty’s illness or injury through history, signs and symptoms.
    • use personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
    • provide appropriate first aid treatment.
    • convey incident details to emergency services or advise casualty on any required post incident action.
    • provide an accurate verbal and written report of the incident.
    • review the incident.
  • Recognise and respond to three (3) supervision scenarios:
    • Unsafe patron behaviour resulting in breaches of safety rules
    • At-risk persons with special needs
    • An emergency situation resulting in pool closure
  • Participate in a discussion with an aquatic industry leader to clarify safety rules for the activity
  • Identify the common signs and signals of a person experiencing difficulties in the water and possible contributing factors
  • Demonstrating fitness, strength, efficiency and speed, to perform the following complex aquatic rescues:
    • Two (2) non-swim assists – talk, reach and  throw rescues
    • Swim 25 metres and perform a 25 metre non-contact tow of a casualty. Working as a team, extract a casualty from deep water using extraction equipment.
    • Swim 10 metres and then complete a minimum 10 metre contact tow of a conscious casualty and remove the casualty from the water without assistance. 
    • Swim 25 metres and then retrieve an object replicating a person at the deepest part of the pool at the aquatic facility (but no greater than two (2) metres) and perform a 25-metre contact tow of an unconscious casualty. Work as a team to extract the casualty with suspected spinal injury using spinal immobilisation extraction equipment from shallow water.
  • 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 Incident Report forms and an Equipment fault Log
  • 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
  • Complete the tasks in line with State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice, first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies and workplace or site procedures.

Learning Rights, Responsibilities and Support, including Complaints

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 allenstraining.com.au (https://allenstraining.com.au/students/student-handbook) for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.