This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform deep water rescues. This unit focuses on determining the most appropriate deep water rescue for the situation and applies during canoeing, kayaking and sea kayaking.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - assess the situation and conditions; - select an appropriate rescue method; - communication skills to deliver clear, concise directions to the capsized person and any other assistants involved with the rescue; - water reading skills such as direction and speed of flow, currents, eddies and other hydrological features, to assist in a safe deep water rescue; - paddling skills to safely manoeuvre craft close to capsized person or persons, and; - first aid and emergency response skills appropriate to the location to enable initial response to emergencies and personal health care.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislation and organisational policies and procedures to enable safe conduct of all deep water rescue activities; - hydrology and river grading systems to understand how rivers work to enable safe deep water rescues; - sea features such as currents, waves and tides and how these might impact on the deep water rescue; - common hazards and risks associated with sea and river craft activities and how to negotiate these; - rescue procedures suitable to the deep water conditions and experience of the participant; - rescue equipment commonly used in deep water rescues, and; - first aid knowledge appropriate to location and level of responsibility.

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