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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate small craft in closed waters 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376380  Operate small craft in closed waters 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Special Combat Capabilities 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
115464  Apply small craft in closed waters  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners assessed against this unit standard will possess the basic skills and techniques required to participate in small boat tasks as crew or coxswain.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate boatmanship skills during the handling of small craft in closed waters.
  • Interpret the influence of closed water environments when utilizing small craft.
  • Plan and conduct a river crossing.
  • Operate an inflatable boat on closed waters.
  • Operate a kayak on closed waters.

    Persons credited with this unit standard will, through the application of these skills, enhance the capabilities of security organisations to maintain peace and security in the community. This skill can also be applied in the field of culture and arts, sub field sport. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Day and night.
  • Prevailing environmental conditions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate boatmanship knowledge of handling a small craft in closed waters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The parts of a vessel are identified as viewed from the side and above. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Nautical terminology is applied in a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety regulations for craft under 25 tons is explained in accordance with the legal framework. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The physical features of a typical harbour are identified by sight during a tour of a typical harbour. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Interpret the influence of closed water environments when utilizing small craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A landing or launching point is assessed to determine its suitability for handling small craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of wind on water, swell and wave action are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Closed water topography in South Africa is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A river report is compiled in terms of the river bottom profile and material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Obstacles and hazards found in closed water environments (e.g. animals, rapids, etc) are described by using examples of their impact on small craft. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan and conduct a river crossing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A river crossing includes doing it with personal equipment as an individual or as a group in a minimum river width of five meters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The speed and direction of the river's current is assessed in order to determine a safe entry and exit point during a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal equipment is waterproofed and the buoyancy neutralised to ensure floatation while crossing the river. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A river is crossed unassisted within five meters of a pre-determined exit point. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Operate an inflatable boat on closed waters. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Craft less than 5m in length with 50 HP or less outboard power source. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The characteristics, features and limitations of inflatable boats are described when operating inflatable boats on closed waters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An inflatable boat is prepared and maintained in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The duties and responsibilities of the various crewmembers are demonstrated during a structured scenario on closed waters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An inflatable boat is assembled and disassembled according to the manufacturer's specification in a structured tactical scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Drills are demonstrated during a structured scenario on closed waters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Drills include but are not limited to:
  • Start drills:
    > Cold start.
    > No start, fault finding.
  • Alongside drills:
    > Letting go.
    > Coming alongside.
  • Handling drills:
    > Man overboard.
    > Abandon ship.
    > Capsize.
    > Anchor.
    > Towing.
    > Landings.
    > Submerged engine.
    > Confined spaces.
    > Shallow waters.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Operate a kayak on closed waters. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A kayak includes a single or two-man Kayak and collapsible or rigid kayaks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Kayaks operating on closed waters are described in accordance with their characteristics, features and limitations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A kayak is prepared and maintained in accordance with organisational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The duties and responsibilities of the various crew members are demonstrated during a structured scenario on closed waters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A kayak is assembled and disassembled according to the manufacturer's specification in a structured tactical scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Kayak handling drills are demonstrated during a structured scenario on closed waters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Handling drills include but are not limited to:
  • Launch and recovery.
  • Rowing techniques.
  • Rafting up.
  • Anchoring.
  • Capsize.
  • Towing.
  • Rescues.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking has been made when learners are capable of analysing environmental conditions to determine the appropriate measures required to ensure safety while working on closed waters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community where the individual forms part of a crew on a small craft operating on closed waters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when learners are capable of collecting, analysing and critically evaluating environmental and operational conditions to ensure safety during work on closed waters. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion is demonstrated by communicating both verbally and with hand signals to team members or other craft. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 115464 , "Apply small craft in closed waters", Level 4, 8 credits.

    Definitions:
  • Closed waters: Dams, lakes, rivers, estuaries and lagoons.
  • Small craft: Boats of less than 5 m in length.
  • A power source: Outboard 50Hp or less, two stroke. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78263   National Higher Certificate: Special Combat Capabilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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