Course Details

Silver Medallion in Aquatic Search and Rescue

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Silver Medallion in Aquatic Search and Rescue

An advanced course to provide members with the skills and knowledge to participate in search and rescue operations


Course Outcomes
  • Contribute to preparation activities for search and rescue operations
    • Describe the principles of a SMEAC plan (Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration and logistics, Command & signals)
    • Assess the factors that influence a SMEAC plan
    • Interpret task information o Select appropriate search and rescue equipment
    • Describe the roles and responsibilities of individuals in a search and rescue team
  • Recognise when a rescue response is required
    • Describe scanning techniques and when to use them o Identify high risk profile groups
    • Describe strategies to maintain effectiveness of scanning o Identify distressed and drowning patients
  • Perform complex patient rescue, including search and rescue of a missing person
    • Identify hazards to self, bystanders and patient at an incident scene
    • Implement hazard control procedures at incident scene
    • Select appropriate personal protective equipment
    • Communicate incident details to relevant personnel at appropriate stages
    • Demonstrate an advanced water entry technique
    • Describe search patterns
    • Operate as a member of a search team for a submerged patient/object
    • Perform retrieval of a submerged object at a depth of 3-5 metres below the surface o Participate in a night search operation
  • Demonstrate recovery and stand down procedures
    • Demonstrate retrieval of a patient and return to shore
    • Describe body retrieval policy and procedures
    • Complete operational documentation
    • Perform equipment recovery, cleaning and maintenance in line with organisational procedures
    • Describe symptoms of operational stress and sources of support 
You will also develop knowledge and skills to enable you to demonstrate competency in the nationally recognised units of competency:
  • PUAOHS002B Maintain safety at an incident scene
  • PUASAR011C Search as a member of an aquatic search team
These units form part of the nationally recognised qualification PUA31312 Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue).

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Course Prerequisites

Candidates must meet ALL of the following conditions:
  • Be at least 16 years of age on the date of final assessment
  • Complete a 400 metre swim in 8 minutes or less in a swimming pool of no less than 25m length (with a SLSSA Assessor to time/verify)
  • Hold and be proficient in the SLSA Bronze Medallion and hold the Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
  • Complete the eLearning prerequisite prior to attending the course

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