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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify, understand and contain threats affecting the safety of participants in aquatic activities 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255835  Identify, understand and contain threats affecting the safety of participants in aquatic activities 
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 relevant practical steps necessary to manage threats and incidents affecting organised aquatic activities such as galas, sports events, competitions, promotions and school outings that take place in an aquatic environment. The learner will be operating independently from a trained lifeguarding duty squad. In doing so, he/she will liaise with all role-players who might affect the services provided including backup services, in an endeavour to ensure optimum safety. The training of a sufficient number of lifeguards to perform the function of ensuring optimum safety at a variety of organised aquatic activities provides a versatile resource 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:
  • Position the aquatic activity area to maximise safety.
  • Prepare to react to any incidents arising during the programme of activities.
  • Respond to incidents effectively.
  • Conclude the duty efficiently. 

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

  • 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 
    Position the aquatic activity area to maximise safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The potential hazards that could affect a specific event are identified in order to ensure the correct siting of the event to ensure maximum participant and spectator safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aspects of general water awareness and quality that are taken into account when deciding on the location of the organised activity are discussed with reference to organisational policy and legislation. 

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Particular attention is paid to safety where competitive events are included. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Essential safety equipment is identified and ensured to be in place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Contact is established with backup services and they are briefed in advance regarding a particular aquatic activity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to react to incidents arising during the programme of activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Possible types of incidents are identified in relation to a particular aquatic activity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment which may be required during a safety incident is prepared and made available before the commencement of the activity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    IRB, RTB, rescue and spinal boards, throw lines, first aid kit.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Constant surveillance and scanning of activities is undertaken throughout the programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Initial safety measures are implemented at and around the site of an aquatic activity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Isolate slippery areas, isolate or repair faulty equipment, check weather conditions including the possibility of lightning, test communication equipment, note and deal with threats from wildlife, optimise safe water conditions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Respond to incidents. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Any incident is noted and an initial appraisal done rapidly in accordance with acceptable procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A course of action to respond to an incident is decided upon inn accordance with general practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Priorities are identified and support provided in response to a particular incident. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Airways, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, prevent further injury, manage other injuries.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stabilisation of the patient is achieved through proper medically-related activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An effective hand-over to support services is achieved and a briefing given. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Steps are taken to ensure no recurring incidents or injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Equipment is reinstated and remaining activities are closely monitored. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conclude the duty. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The duty is concluded only when all activities are completed safely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report is written of any incidents and the management thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A self-appraisal is done and acted upon to improve 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 
    The knowledge underpinning and integral to the above specific outcomes comprises the content below:
  • Siting the competition area to maximise safety.
  • Preparations for the management of any incidents arising during the programme of activities.
  • Strategies and methods used in responding to incidents effectively.
  • Ways of concluding the duty efficiently.
  • Methods of writing an evaluation report. 

  • 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. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information-review: Information evaluation is embodied in the research of information and identification of needs related to the management of the duty. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Communication is essential with members of the organising group and public, and the ability to communicate is 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 upon which the discharge of effective services depends. 

    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 lifeguard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship: Lifeguarding is fundamentally directed to a display of responsible citizenship, and ensuring an effective lifeguarding service 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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