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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assist as a lifeguarding crewman in undertaking aquatic rescues from a motorised rescue craft 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255822  Assist as a lifeguarding crewman in undertaking aquatic rescues from a motorised rescue craft 
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 assist as a crewman in a motorised aquatic rescue craft and also undertake a variety of aquatic rescues from the craft. The benefit to the individual will be the understanding of the context and complexities of such rescues, being able to perform the rescues using the craft as a base, and being able to undertake an appraisal of own performance. This will build on the lifeguards skills and abilities, thus making them more employable. The training of lifeguards to perform the function of undertaking rescues from a motorised craft in the aquatic environment is a crucial addition to the range of life guarding skills. The mastery of these skills will benefit the sub-field greatly as the public enjoys the benefits of an extended service.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Understand the operational capabilities of the craft.
  • Act as crewman in a motorised rescue craft.
  • Assist with the launch and initial approach to the patient.
  • Conduct an aquatic rescue from the craft.
  • Conclude the rescue effectively. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • 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 
    Understand the operational capabilities of the craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The general specifications of the craft are described as they pertain to its use for lifeguarding. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The normal use of the motorised craft is identified in terms of aquatic use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Typical behaviour of the craft in a variety of conditions is explained in view of the role of a crewman. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Circumstances under which the motorised craft would be used for rescues are described. With examples of unsuitable and suitable use. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Assistance with necessary procedures is afforded the driver. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Act as crewman in a motorised rescue craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of a crewman on a motorised aquatic rescue craft is outlined in terms of standard lifeguarding practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main functions of a crewman are demonstrated in appropriate conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Communication with the driver of the craft is conducted according to organisational policy and standard protocols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equipment used by the crewman is identified, located, utilised, and re-stored for future use. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Assist with the launch and initial approach to the patient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The driver is assisted with placing and removing the craft from its trailer and with the launching. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The driver is alerted to any perceived hazards en route to the rescue location. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Necessary communication is maintained with the base station. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The location of the patient is established and this is communicated to the driver. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The driver is assisted in positioning the craft carefully in relation to the patient. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct an aquatic rescue from the craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A rescue method is selected which is most appropriate to a situation and prevailing conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Entry into the water is concluded in a position, manner and speed most appropriate to the patient and other relevant issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The patient is supported and secured according to standard rescue techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The priority needs of the patient are attended to on the return leg. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The patient is assisted into and from the craft in the manner best suited to the situation and patient and weather conditions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Conclude the rescue effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The patient is handed over to medical care as appropriate to the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A check is done for damage to the craft and necessary repair and readiness completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance procedures are followed to ensure readiness of all relevant equipment related to the craft. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Logbook entries are completed in line with organisational policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A self-appraisal of performance is undertaken and integrated into future procedures where appropriate. 


    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 operational capabilities of the craft.
  • Maintenance of the motorized rescue craft.
  • The launch and initial approach.
  • Items of equipment used in rescues using motorised craft, and their use.
  • Contexts within which the rescues take place.
  • Methods of handling each context so as to achieve best practice.
  • Techniques to perform a rescue simulation at a good standard.
  • Ways to conclude the rescue effectively.
  • Righting a capsized craft and preparing for immediate re-use.
  • The means by which to evaluate own performance in executing the rescue from a motorised craft. 

  • 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 optimum performance in undertaking rescues from motorised craft. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information-review:
  • Information evaluation is embodied in the research of information related to the rescue techniques used. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Communication is essential with any support resources, and with a conscious patient during rescues. 

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

  • 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 rescues from motorised craft in the aquatic environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship:
  • Ensuring effective rescues from motorised craft in the aquatic environment reaffirms a commitment to responsible citizenship. 

  • 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
    Elective  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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