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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Execute a number of contact and non-contact aquatic rescues and releases using different techniques in pool, open water and surf 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255838  Execute a number of contact and non-contact aquatic rescues and releases using different techniques in pool, open water and surf 
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 have the capacity to perform water rescues which involve contact with a single patient, as well as those rescues that are non-contact. All demands a high degree of physical, mental and moral fitness. This ability is necessary in order to manage a variety of rescues in a range of circumstances. With increased use by the public of our often dangerous coastal aquatic environment, and the use of open water for canoeing and sailing, the importance of such flexible capability is clear.

The unit standard can consequently be expected to benefit the sub-field greatly and enhance the range of skills of lifeguards whose duty lies with the provision of adaptable services.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Identify the various types of rescues and the equipment used in the appropriate circumstances.
  • Demonstrate and explain the use of the various rescue methods.
  • Demonstrate and explain the use of the various release methods used in contact rescues.
  • Evaluate personal performance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Basic lifeguarding skills.
  • Swimming ability as required by the International Life Saving to which Life Saving South Africa is affiliated. 

  • 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 
    Identify the various types of rescues and the equipment used in the appropriate circumstances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type of rescue is correctly identified as appropriate to a particular circumstance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Contact or non-contact.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate equipment to be used in each method is selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The equipment is correctly identified and described in relation to its use. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate and explain the use of the various rescue methods. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Range included but not limited to:
  • Rescue craft, rescue board, help out, tows, reaches of various types, throw line. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct rescue procedure is explained according to standard practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various contact rescues are undertaken with a patient in an aquatic environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The various non-contact rescues are undertaken with a patient in an aquatic environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate and explain the use of the various release methods used in contact rescues. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Front and back, normal and stranglehold releases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The contact release procedures are explained in the context of the type of rescue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various contact release methods are demonstrated on people. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate personal performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors of location, environment, speed, risk and physical and other differences between rescuer and patient in making the choice of a rescue type are explained so as to aid improved rescues in future. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal performance is analysed and the choice of a method is stified in terms of a particular context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A programme is proposed to achieve performance improvement. 


    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 
  • Various types of rescues and the equipment used in the appropriate circumstances.
  • Appropriate knowledge pertaining to various rescue methods in context.
  • The various release methods used in contact rescues.
  • Methods of evaluating personal performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork is required when working with other members of a lifeguard squad and other rescue services in executing rescues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation is enhanced and developed through the discipline of identifying and reacting purposefully and with discipline to an aquatic emergency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication skills are enhanced when summoning assistance and interacting with a patient during rescues. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The appropriate use of science and technology are required where advanced lifeguarding equipment is used. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development through responsible citizenship is nurtured when saving lives. 

    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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