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This aquatic rescue for group 3 pools course is specifically designed to meet the patron rescue requirements of the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management, and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities in Western Australia. It is aimed at Group 3 (non-life guarded) Swimming pool owners/operators and their staff in Western Australia.

Section 6 of this Code states, “Operators of Group 3 facilities shall ensure that the facility is operated and maintained by personnel who hold qualifications, as detailed.” The Code lists this Aquatic Rescue qualification (ARG3 Pools) as well as requiring a current First Aid certificate (HLTAID010), which we also deliver.

This QR code is access to Pdf on Health Dept site

The aquatic safety training provides the participant with the skills and knowledge to respond to a call for help quickly enough to minimize the chance of a person suffering long-term damage as a result of an aquatic incident or accident. Participants will learn how to perform basic water rescues in a Group 3 pool environment.

This Swimming Pool Rescue Award needs to be re-assessed every three (3) years as outlined in the Health Department of WA Code of Practice for the Design, Operation, Management, and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities.

We recommend an annual refresher for all staff which should also include the annual re-qualification of your:

  • HLTAID009 Provide CPR award (+$69).
  • HLTAID015 Provide Advanced Resuscitation ($169 per person annually)

Course Fee $125 per participant (minimum of eight (8) per course).*
* Plus pool entry & lane hire if appropriate

Duration 3 hours Face to Face
Pre-requisites: Nil

Entry Requirements:

  • Reasonable level (AQF level 3) of spoken and written English (link to LLN assessment)
  • Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability to successfully complete the course
  • Work Placement Requirements: Nil
  • Minimum Age Requirements: Nil although the participant must be able to interact in an adult learning environment
  • Certification: Aquatic Rescue for Group 3 Award


Course content includes:

  • Theory on aquatic environments, water safety, and rescue techniques.
  • CPR on Adult and baby (2 mins on QCPR real-time feedback manikins)

  • Dry Rescue: Rescue a person in difficulty (weak swimmer) no more than 5 meters from safety using an aid without entering the water. (Demonstration of a reach rescue or a throwing rescue.)
  • Accompanied Rescue: Rescue a person in difficulty with a flotation aid.
  • Recover & Resuscitate: In the deepest part of the pool;
  • Recover an object from the bottom
    – Substitute the object for a person simulating unconsciousness and tow to a point of support.
    – Assess for respiratory failure and demonstrate Rescue Breathing for 1 minute.
    – Remove the patient from the water with assistance
    – Perform DRSABCD
    – Place person in Recovery Position

Support services:A reasonable level of spoken and written English is required to complete this course. Reasonable adjustments can be made to certain aspects of the course without affecting the outcomes required. If you believe you require assistance with language, literacy, or numeracy, please contact us ahead of the scheduled Aquatic Rescue for Group 3 Pools course to determine what assistance may be available to you.

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