Professional aquatic security and rescue technician course

TitleProfessional aquatic security and rescue technician course
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPinto, N, Martinho, F
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers03-10

­The Aquatic Rescue is an extremely important area with a huge education potential. Having this in mind, a Professional Aquatic Safety and Rescue Technician Course (CTSSMA) was redesigned within the process of a curricular revision. The first draft of this course dates from 1977, and since the beginning it is intended to endow students with enough competences to protect themselves and the members of the communities for whom they work, on their multiple activities involving water, thereby contributing for the reduction of the wounds and deaths “in, on and around water”.

The CTSSMA course, as abovementioned, was improved by the new design in 2006, and aims to contribute for the increase of safety on beaches, pools and other aquatic spaces, by providing high quality training in Aquatic Rescue to the youths from Portugal, EU and third world countries with cooperation agreements with the EU.

The course is designed to provide an important set of skills, and has a backbone made of social/cultural training and of scientific training. The educational sequence is then followed by a section of technical training, which integrates contents and information continuously updated, resulting from years of research and development on the part of the teachers and trainers. The students attending the technical training section will be lectured on the following subjects:

  • Analysis of Risk in Aquatic Rescue
  • Aquatic Rescue Techniques
  • Aquatic Rescue Systemic Co-ordination
  • Human Resources Organization and Administration

The medium term goal of the CTSSMA courses is to provide the market with intermediate level professionals (level III, by EU standards), allowing the construction of a sustainable structure of versatile operational teams, where level III professionals coordinate and become part of level II Aquatic Lifeguard teams. This initiative’s intention is to create opportunities, so that the Portuguese youth learns how to evaluate and use vital abilities in an activity that is a traditional symbol for our community.

Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize the importance of the Professional Aquatic Safety and Rescue Technician
  • Identify the major skills required to become a Professional Aquatic Safety and Rescue Technician
  • Understand the importance of the presence of qualified professionals on the structure of versatile teams
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