Surf Rescue Certificate
A candidate must:
Be a minimum of 13 years old on the date of examination.
Have completed a 200 metre swim in 5 minutes or less, in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course before any training starts in the surf and/or deep water.
The award trains candidates in rescue skills; first aid and patient management; resuscitation; plus, a theoretical component exploring safety knowledge and surf awareness. A candidates physical fitness is tested by a 100m run- 100m swim- 100m run completed in under five minutes; a 200m pool swim to be completed in under five minutes and simulated rescues using a rescue board and tube.
The candidate should be able to:
- Contribute to participative arrangements for the management of occupational health and safety.
- Follow workplace procedures for hazard identification and risk control.
- Describe surfing and environmental conditions and hazards.
- Recognise an appropriate safe beach and zone for surf bathing in key locations
- Demonstrate surf skills
- Explain the functions of the circulatory, skeletal, respiratory and nervous systems
- Identify basic patient management techniques
- Perform basic resuscitation techniques
- Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques
- Communicate in the workplace
- Perform patient approaches, support and escapes aided by equipment on a conscious and an unconscious patient
- Identify people in distress in a surfing or water environment.
- Perform surf skills
- Complete a 100m run, 100m swim and 100m run within five minutes.
- Work as part of a team
- Describe the purpose of patrols and patrolling
- Demonstrate standard patrol practices
- Identify and demonstrate all the factors that affect bathers and those using water for recreation
Two day course or until competency achieved
$130 per candidate (including manual)
$75 per annual proficiency