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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Ensure the safety of participants during life guarding/lifesaving competitions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255820  Ensure the safety of participants during life guarding/lifesaving competitions 
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 ensure the safety of participants taking part in life guarding competitions. He/she will assemble, manage and motivate a safety team who will work in close collaboration with other members of the organisational framework. The qualifying learner is expected to perform the necessary functions with responsibility, efficiency and insight.

The training of a sufficient number of lifeguards to perform the function of ensuring safety at competitions should make such competitions more effective and therefore attractive to greater numbers of participants. The improvement of skill that can be expected to result from the competitive environment will benefit the sports and recreation sub-fields greatly as the public enjoys the benefits of improved performance.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Site the competition area to maximise safety.
  • Determine, assemble and ensure manpower and equipment sufficient for the safety squad.
  • Use appropriate methods and lines of communication between the safety squad, competition officials and hosting committee.
  • Access external services as necessary and establish close communications.
  • Manage any environmental effects on the running of the competition.
  • Analyse the performance of the safety squad and participate in the recommendation of changes that could lead to improvements. 

  • 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 
    Site the competition area to maximise safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The potential hazards that could affect the location of the competition area are identified and understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aspects of general water awareness and quality that are taken into account when deciding the location of the competition area are explained using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The competition site is selected to the satisfaction of major stakeholders. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Determine, assemble and ensure manpower and equipment sufficient for the safety squad. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effects that the various items on the competition programme have in determining the logistics of the safety squad are analysed and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect that the number and age of the competitors have on the composition and disposition of the safety squad is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The safety squad and necessary equipment are assembled and located strategically. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Use appropriate methods and lines of communication between the safety squad, competition officials and hosting committee. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The various communication methods available are discussed focussing on their merits and demerits (depending on differing or changing circumstances). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The roles of the safety squad, competition officials and hosting committee in the process of ensuring the safety of the competition participants is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A schedule identifying effective lines and means of communication to be employed between the safety squad, competition officials and hosting committee is designed and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The established lines of communication are used effectively during the competition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Access external services as necessary and establish close communications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Means for determining the need for external services at a competition is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process by which to determine and confirm the availability of these services is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A detailed list of external services to be employed, together with related information and description of how they will fit into the rescue network, is drawn up. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    External services are accessed as necessary during a competition. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Manage possible environmental effects on the running of the competition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sources from which environmental data can be obtained are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of environmental data that will be used are provided. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A list of environmental challenges is drawn up, with explanations of how they could affect the competition and the changes in strategy that would then be employed for the safety of the participants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Any environmental complications that might emerge are managed according to standard procedure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Analyse the performance of the safety squad and participate in the recommendation of changes that could lead to improvements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A logbook is used to report incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An exception report which will contain a report of the incident and an analysis of the area(s) of non-conformance is designed and used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Future strategies are suggested to resolve any exceptions. 


    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 
  • The ability to site the competition area to maximise safety.
  • Means to determine, assemble and ensure manpower and equipment sufficient for the safety squad.
  • Appropriate methods and lines of communication between the safety squad, competition officials and hosting committee.
  • External services to be accessed as necessary and the means for doing so.
  • Management strategies to deal with any environmental effects on the running of the competition.
  • Appropriate knowledge pertaining to the analysis of the performance of the safety squad. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation:
  • These qualities are essential to the success of any safety team's work. A get deal of self organisation and discipline is required to ensure the optimum performance of the safety officer at a lifesaving competition. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Communication is essential amongst organisers, safety squad, competitors and officials at a lifesaving competition, and this ability likely to be well exercised and developed by the learner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Appropriate use of science and technology:
  • The learner can be expected to develop competence in the use of communication and safety equipment. 

  • 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 a safe competition. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship:
  • Lifesaving is fundamentally directed to a display of responsible citizenship, and ensuring safety at competitions is well within 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: 
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