Unit of competency details

SRCAQU014B - Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SISCAQU312A - Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activitiesE Updated and equivalent to SRCAQU014B Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities 06/Jun/2011
Supersedes and is equivalent to SRCAQU014A - Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities 10/Oct/2004

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/Oct/2004


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 061301 Occupational Health And Safety  11/Oct/2004 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit had been developed for the Community Recreation Industry Training Package and covers the knowledge and skills required to assist participants to safely enter and exit the water and provide appropriate support during aquatic activities.  

Application of the Unit

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Analyse the effect of the aquatic environment in determining appropriate support 


Identify different environmental features 


Identify and document the impact of the different aquatic environment and work environment  on the degree and type of support  required


Identify factors that determine appropriate entries, exits and supports 


Identify the factors affecting appropriate entries, exits and supports  


Identify and document the methods of responding to factors


Provide appropriate entries, exits and support to participants 


Deliver concise and precise relevant information, explanations and demonstrations to conduct efficient and safe entries, exits and support  


Provide the appropriate type and level of support


Observe participant's response to the support provided and give feedback  to improve execution on an individualised basis or modify the support provided


Give participants the opportunity to comment and/or ask questions


Identify resources  and aspects needing further emphasis and/or attention for intervention in future sessions

Required Skills and Knowledge

Not applicable.

Evidence Guide

The Evidence Guide identifies the critical aspects, knowledge and skills to be demonstrated to confirm competence for this unit. This is an integral part of the assessment of competence and should be read in conjunction with the Range Statements

Critical aspects of evidence to be considered 

Assessment must confirm the ability integrated demonstration of all elements of competency and their performance criteria, in particular the ability to

identify and explain the application of different types of support

evaluate the appropriateness of the support provided and recognise when and how intervention should take place to improve execution of entry, exit and suppor

Interdependent assessment of units 

This unit must be assessed after attainment of or in conjunction with competency in the following unit(s)


This unit must be assessed in conjunction with the following unit(s)


For the purpose of integrated assessment, this unit may be assessed in conjunction with the following unit(s)


Required knowledge and skills 

Required knowledge

Types of supports and their application

Effect of different environmental features on the degree of support to be provided

Intervention strategies to achieve more efficient execution of support

Relevant equipment and safety requirements, including occupational health and safety and legislative requirements

Required skills

Ability to provide explanations and demonstrations, ie, self, other participants as models

Monitoring/observation skills to determine if intervention should take place to improve execution of entry, exit and support

Ability to determine entry, exit and support appropriate to the person with a disability's specific needs

Application of correct entries, exits and supports appropriate for people with a disability

Resource implications 

Physical resources - assessment of this competency requires access to

a real or simulated work environment

appropriate documentation and resources normally used in the workplace

a swimming pool and other equipment

suitable participants

rules, policies and regulations of relevant peak bodies and/or employer organisations

Human resources - assessment of this competency will require human resources consistent with those outlined in the Assessment Guidelines. That is, assessors (or persons within the assessment team) must

be competent in this unit

be current in their knowledge and understanding of the industry through provision of evidence of professional activity in the relevant area

have attained the mandatory competency requirements for assessors under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) as specified in Standard 7.3 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 

Consistency in performance 

Competence in this unit must be assessed over a period of time in order to ensure consistency of performance over the Range Statements and contexts applicable to the work environment

Context for assessment 

This unit of competency must be assessed in the context of community recreation in Australia. For valid and reliable assessment the community recreation activity should closely replicate the work environment. The environment should be safe, with the hazards, circumstances and equipment likely to be encountered in a real workplace

This unit of competence should be assessed through the observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes

Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a "period of time" and/or in a "number of locations", any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons


Collect, Analyse&Organise Information

Communicate Ideas&Information

Plan&Organise Activities

Work with Others&in Teams

Use Mathematical Ideas&Techniques

Solve Problems

Use Technology








These levels do not relate to the Australian Qualifications Framework. They relate to the seven areas of generic competency that underpin effective workplace practices.

The three levels of performance (1, 2 and 3) denote the level of competency required to perform the task:

Use routine approaches

Select from routine approaches

Establish new approaches

Collecting , analysing and organising information  -

Communicating ideas and information  -

Planning and organising activities  -

Working with teams and others  -

Using mathematical ideas and techniques  -

Solving problems  -

Using technology  - Not applicable

Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines for advice on how to use the Key Competencies.

Range Statement

Range Statements 

The Range Statements provide advice to interpret the scope and context of this unit of competence, allowing for differences between enterprises and workplaces. The Range Statements relate to the unit as a whole and helps facilitate holistic assessment. In addition, the following variables may be present for this particular unit of competency



Environmental features 

may include

indoor/outdoor venue




swimming pool

wet decks




scum gutters

bulk heads

surface of pool and concourse

pool floor gradient



available water space

Factors affecting appropriate entries , exits and supports 

stage of development

physical, intellectual and emotional characteristics


physical fitness

body type and composition

cultural factors


can be





should be an information exchange between participant and instructor regarding progress towards performance goals


human resources - a ratio of instructors to participants that allows for maximum participation in a safe environment

equipment - a ratio of equipment to participants that allows for maximum participation in a safe environment

access to first aid facilities/equipment

appropriate facilities to conduct instruction in a safe environment

Type of support 

may include

hands on torso

hands to hands

back hold in vertical or horizontal positions

short arm hold


carry hold

hip hold

prone hold

prone side hold

assisted exit

Work environment 

organisational health and safety requirements, safe and appropriate dress and equipment

appropriate swimwear and personal equipment

personal hygiene requirements

lifesaving equipment


reaching poles

flotation devices

pool safety equipment as listed in state/territory occupational health and safety requirements for pools

other recommended safety guidelines are

instructional aids should be inspected before use

sun safety guidelines should be followed

hydration guidelines should be followed

designated pool area should be inspected before use

access to first aid facilities/equipment

conditions and external influences include

environmental/weather conditions

other facility users



other instructors

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.