Qualification details

PUA21012 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) (Release 3)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
3 (this release)Current 02/May/2013
(View details for release 2) Replaced13/Mar/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced17/Aug/2012

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA21010 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)Packaging rules wording reviewed. Units updated. Elective groupings changed. 16/Aug/2012

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
HLTFA211A - Provide basic emergency life supportProvide basic emergency life support Core
PUACOM001C - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplace Core
PUACOM002B - Provide services to clientsProvide services to clients Elective
PUAEQU001B - Prepare, maintain and test response equipmentPrepare, maintain and test response equipment Elective
PUAOHS001C - Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and proceduresFollow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures Elective
PUAOPE009C - Navigate in an aquatic environmentNavigate in an aquatic environment Elective
PUAOPE013A - Operate communications systems and equipmentOperate communications systems and equipment Elective
PUASAR012C - Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skillsApply surf awareness and self-rescue skills Elective
PUASAR013A - Participate in an aquatic rescue operationParticipate in an aquatic rescue operation Core
PUASES012A - Work as a team member in an emergency operations centreWork as a team member in an emergency operations centre Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 899211 Deck Hand 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7994-11 Seafarer 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0613 Public Health 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Public Safety,Maritime Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Surf Lifesaver,Lifeguard 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 899211 Deck Hand 03/Dec/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7994-11 Seafarer 03/Dec/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0613 Public Health 03/Dec/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 17/Aug/2012 
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Modification History


TP version 



PUA12 V2.1

Imported units updated.


PUA12 V2

Imported units updated


PUA12 v1

New release of existing qualification from PUA00 v8.1: PUA21010. Packaging rules wording reviewed, imported units updated, elective groupings changed. Equivalent.


Not applicable.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake vocational education and training at this qualification level, such as:

  • working in a lifesaver, lifeguard or marine rescue role
  • with vocational experience in beach or marine safety roles.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving the PUA21010 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue), candidates may undertake a range of qualifications relevant to their role, such as:

  • PUA31310 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)
  • PUA31404 Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety).

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Employability Skills Summary for PUA21012 Certificate II in Public Safety  (Aquatic Rescue )

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the PUA21012 Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Employability Skills Statement 


  • interact with people internally and externally through verbal, non-verbal and written communications in the workplace and follow verbal and written workplace instructions
  • provide verbal reports to paramedical personnel
  • use active listening skills and questioning techniques to clarify issues
  • use established communication pathways for routine and non-routine communication
  • use language that is clear, concise and appropriate to client, assignment and organisation's requirements, in all communications


  • assist members of other emergency services
  • contribute to the identification of team goals and objectives
  • discuss methods for minimising hazards with team members and reach agreement as a team
  • encourage others/team members
  • obtain and discuss operation and task information with team members
  • participate in rescue operations as a member of an aquatic rescue team
  • take part in group discussions and informal meetings
  • work cooperatively with personnel from other organisations

Problem solving 

  • minimise or control hazards and environmental conditions
  • provide emergency care pending the arrival of appropriately qualified personnel
  • recognise and resolve problems and conflict
  • rectify and/or report first aid equipment faults
  • research hazards en-route to the incident area to determine a safe route/course

Initiative and enterprise 

  • initiate search and rescue patterns if required within the incident area where distressed vessel or survivors are believed to now be located
  • raise occupational health and safety issues with designated personnel in accordance with workplace procedures and relevant occupational health and safety legislation
  • recognise and refer to the supervisor, personal capabilities and limitations
  • use improvised techniques where access to equipment is limited

Planning and organising 

  • assess work load and set priorities within allocated timeframes
  • identify factors affecting work requirements, assess their impact and take appropriate action to ensure work requirements are met
  • identify hazards and assess risks
  • prepare and make ready for use relevant maps/charts, electronic navigation aids and navigation equipment
  • report the need for additional personnel and/or specialist equipment to the supervisor
  • select personal protective equipment based on the nature of the rescue operation


  • develop and maintain own expertise
  • effectively recognise level of well being necessary to perform work
  • identify signs and symptoms of operational stress in self and others and report these signs and symptoms to relevant personnel
  • identify training and development needs relevant to the area of work
  • manage own work
  • monitor own work
  • recognise and manage signs of personal stress


  • learn about casualty handling techniques
  • learn about manual handling techniques
  • learn about priorities for life support in emergencies including the DRABC (danger, response, airway, breathing ventilation and circulation assessments) model
  • learn about resuscitation techniques
  • learn about systems of the body
  • learn about verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including hand signals and language style


  • operate a chart plotter
  • operate a GPS
  • operate a radio system
  • operate an appropriate sized rescue vessel
  • operate an intercom system
  • operate first aid equipment
  • operate satellite phones from search and rescue authority
  • use communication technology if relevant to workplace requirements
  • use information technology effectively

Packaging Rules

8 units of competency are required for this qualification including:

  • 5 core units
  • 3 elective units

Choose a minimum of 1 elective unit from the list of elective units below.

Choose the remaining 2 elective units from either the elective list below or elsewhere in this training package or another endorsed training package or accredited course.

Only 1 unit from Group B may be included in this qualification.

Only 1 unit from Group C may be included in this qualification.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must be from an equivalent qualification level or higher.

Elective units selected must not duplicate content already covered by other units in this qualification.


Core Units 


Communicate in the workplace


Participate in an aquatic rescue operation


Work in a team


Work effectively in a public safety organisation


Provide basic emergency life support

Elective Group A 


Elective Units 


Provide services to clients


Prepare, maintain and test response equipment


Follow defined occupational health and safety policies and procedures


Navigate in an aquatic environment


Operate communications systems and equipment


Apply surf awareness and self-rescue skills


Work as a team member in an emergency operations centre


Drive vehicles under operational conditions


Perform basic water rescues


Supervise clients at an aquatic facility or environment


Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities


Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment


Assist in mooring and anchor handling activities


Manoeuvre a vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Master 5

Elective Group B 


Elective Units 


Observe safety and emergency procedures on a coastal vessel


Observe personal safety and social responsibilities

Elective Group C 


Elective Units 


Fight and extinguish fires on board a coastal vessel


Prevent, control and fight fires on board an ocean-going vessel

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