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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Control the activities of a lifeguarding duty squad and liaise with key roleplayers in the provision of services 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255816  Control the activities of a lifeguarding duty squad and liaise with key roleplayers in the provision of services 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to take all relevant practical steps necessary to control the activities of a lifeguarding duty squad so as to ensure its maximum efficiency. He/she will assemble, manage, organise and motivate the duty squad. In doing so, he/she will liaise with all role-players who might affect the services provided, in an endeavour to ensure optimum working conditions. The training of a sufficient number of lifeguards to perform the function of ensuring optimum functioning of duty squads will render lifeguarding services most effective, to the benefit of the public. This in turn can be expected to benefit the sub-field greatly.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Explain the need to control the lifeguard squad and liaise with the municipal authorities.
  • Identify the needs, limitations, interests and expectations of the duty squad and municipal authorities.
  • Play a leadership role with the duty squad, municipal authorities and members of the public.
  • Maintain the operational standards of the squad.
  • Reflect on the squad members' performance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Basic lifesaving skills.
  • Communication at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Where applicable, range statements have been included under individual specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the need to control the lifeguard squad and liaise with municipal authorities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for good public relations in the working environment is detailed with reference to lifeguarding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need to have an efficient, well co-coordinated duty squad who will work optimally in a rescue situation is explained and demonstrated in the lifeguarding context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The approval of the municipality for the site situation of the squad, their duty hours, and the manpower required is sought and the need for this outlined. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the needs, limitations, interests and expectations of the duty squad and municipal authorities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The squads' needs and professional interests are assessed in terms of their duty to ensure a safe bathing area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The municipal authorities' expectations are ascertained and the squad is made aware of them in order to comply. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The squad's legal rights, duties and obligations are established and explained to all concerned. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Play a leadership role with the duty squad, municipal authorities and members of the public. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The contact names, addresses and phone numbers of the various municipal officials and squad members are accessed and recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The self organisation of individual squad members is maintained through firm leadership. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effective management of a variety of scenarios is demonstrated in the lifeguarding context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ability to issue clear instructions and ensure that they are acted upon is demonstrated in line with organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Good public relations are displayed in practical interactions including the management of complaints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Clear lines of communication are established and used in contacts with municipal officials. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain the operational standards of the squad. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Squad performance is monitored constantly in terms of best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Weaknesses in performance of individuals or the entire squad are identified in consultation with squad members. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Remedial action is taken to ensure training in weak aspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Standards are monitored on an ongoing basis. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Reflect on the squad members' performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An objective analysis is made of the squad's performance over a period of time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An evaluation and written report are done for the attention of the club and/or organisation and/or municipal authorities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Improvements are implemented as necessary to enhance the future effectiveness of the lifeguard squad. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A self-appraisal is done to ascertain own performance. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed against this Unit Standard (including through RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA), or one with an appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU 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 one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA, or one with an appropriate MOU with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Reasons for control of the lifeguard squad and liaison with the municipal authorities.
  • The needs, limitations, interests and expectations of the duty squad, club and/or organisation and/or municipal authorities.
  • Strategies for asserting a leadership role with the duty squad, club and/or organisation and/or municipal authorities and members of the public.
  • Means for maintaining the operational standards of the squad.
  • Methods of writing an evaluation report for the attention of the club and/or organisation and/or municipal authorities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation:
  • A great deal of self organisation and discipline is required to ensure the optimum performance of the lifeguard squad. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information-review:
  • Information evaluation is embodied in the research of information related to the management of the life guarding squad. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Communication is essential with members of the lifeguard squad and the municipal officers, and this ability is likely to be well exercised and developed by the learner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • This is achieved by analysing the way in which many different tasks are brought together with the common purpose of ensuring effective performance of duties by the life guarding squad. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship:
  • Lifesaving is fundamentally directed to a display of responsible citizenship, and ensuring an effective life guarding squad is consistent with the tradition. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  61509   Further Education and Training Certificate: Lifeguarding  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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