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SISCAQU019 Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations_Draft 2

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Unit application and prerequisites




Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to supervise the safety of patrons in indoor or outdoor, built or natural swimming venues.


This unit applies to aquatic venues used by members of the public including those operated by commercial, not-for-profit, community and government organisations.


It has particular application to pool lifeguards but can apply to other workers required to supervise aquatic venues and activities. They use discretion and judgement to manage risk, problems and emergencies when they arise, guided by established organisational procedures.


The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.


No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.






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Elements describe the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

  1. Determine supervision requirements.
    1. Identify supervision requirements and techniques specific to the venue, activity and equipment.
    2. Identify current environmental hazards and adapt supervision to account for these.
    3. Provide clear information about safety rules to staff and activity leaders to promote compliance and safety.
  1. Monitor and maintain safety of patrons.
    1. Use scanning and patrolling strategies to monitor patron activity and behaviour in venue areas and in the water.
    2. Monitor parent or carer supervision of children according to organisational supervision and risk management procedures.
    3. Monitor activity of patrons at risk and those with special needs, according to organisational supervision and risk management procedures.
    4. Identify hazardous patron behaviours that pose a risk to the individual and other patrons.
    5. Inform patrons of unsafe behaviour and clearly, courteously and constructively provide information about safety rules to support compliance and safety.
  1. Identify and report emergency situations.
    1. Identify emergency situations and assess promptly to convey essential response actions.
    2. Report promptly to appropriate personnel according to organisational emergency response procedures.


Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.



Reading skills to:

  • interpret detailed familiar organisational procedures for venue supervision, risk management of patron safety and emergency response.

Oral communication skills to:

  • use clear and unambiguous verbal and non-verbal communications to make intent known.

Problem-solving skills to:

  • resolve diverse and unexpected safety incidents promptly and decisively.


Supersedes and is not equivalent to SISCAQU006 Supervise clients in aquatic locations


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Performance evidence


Assessment Requirements for SISCAQU019 Supervise patron safety in aquatic locations


Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:


Demonstrated knowledge required to complete the tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit:


Skills can be demonstrated in:

  • an aquatic workplace, or
  • a simulated industry environment set up for the purposes of skills assessment.


Assessment must ensure use of:

  • interaction with aquatic venue patrons and activity leaders; these can be:
    • patrons and activity leaders in a workplace, or
    • individuals who participate in simulations used for the purpose of skills assessment
  • communication equipment for emergency response
  • organisational procedures for aquatic venue supervision, risk management of patron safety, and emergency response.


Assessors must:

  • satisfy the Standards for Registered Training Organisations requirements for assessors, and
  • have a collective period of at least two years’ experience working in a patron safety supervision role, where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in this unit of competency; the two years’ experience can incorporate full and part time experience.


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Assessor requirements

"Placing a length of employment figure (2 years in this case) on Assessor requirements is not an ideal solution to ensuring quality training delivery and industry relevance - the RTO Standards outline the requirements for vocational competence and each RTO must ensure their Assessors meet these requirements."

Miriam Scherer 17.06.2022 05.39PM

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