ISD Aquatic Safety Courses

To work towards ZERO PREVENTABLE DROWNINGS, we offer a number of Aquatic Safety, Aquatic Awareness, Self Rescue and Rescue Certificate Courses for the general public.

These courses are for the prime purpose of educating the wider community on how they can safely enjoy our aquatic playground and keep themselves and others safe.

The two courses below are for Flat Water locations and are backed by Surf Life Saving NSW. Participants successfully completing these courses will receive a SLSNSW/ISD Certificate of Completion

Aquatic Self Survival Course – Flatwater Locations

Course Content

Upon the successful completion of this course, candidates will have the knowledge and understanding of the following:

Theory Components:

• Identification and Understanding of Flatwater Aquatic Locations;

• Knowledge of Aquatic Dangers and Hazard Identification;

• Effective Risk Assessment Principles and Management Techniques;

• Harm Minimisation – “What to do if in trouble, and What not to do”

o Self-Survival Techniques – With a board or craft, and Without a board or craft

o Use of Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs)

Practical Components:

o Hazard Identification for local area

o Hazard Assessment and Management

o Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) Swim Competency Assessment

o Effective Floating and Treading Water, Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) free for 1.5 minutes each

Course Duration:

• 2-2.5 hours (1-1.5 hours Theory, 1 hour Practical and Assessment)

 

Aquatic Survival and Rescue Course, Flat Water Locations

Note: The Pre-Requisite for the Aquatic Survival and Rescue Course is the Aquatic Self-Survival Course – Flat Water Locations (either done separately or can be done as part of a combined course)

Course Content

Upon the successful completion of this course, candidates will have the knowledge and understanding of the following:

Theory Components:

• Recognising when someone is in trouble;

• How to effectively perform Aquatic Rescues;

• Aquatic Rescue Techniques;

o Rescue Techniques using different types of equipment;

o Rescue Techniques with multiple patients/casualties;

o Dangers when performing Aquatic Rescues

o Rescue Releases and Escapes.

Practical Components:

• Floating and Treading Water, without the aid of a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for 3 minutes

• Swimming Competency test in a Flat Water Location

• Aquatic Rescue Techniques using a

o Body Board;
o Surf Board;
o Rescue Tubes and Rescue Rings
o Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP);
o Kayak/Canoe

Course Duration: 3-4 hours (1.5-2 hours Theory, 1.5-2 hours Practical and Assessment