Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Rescue Water Craft (RWC) Operator Certificate

Award Summary:

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage a Rescue Water Craft (RWC) in lifesaving operations.

Unit/s of Competency:

There are no units of competency currently aligned with this award.


On successful completion the participants will receive the SLSA Rescue Water Craft Operator Certificate.

Course content:

  • Demonstrate pre and post-operation procedures
  • Perform a rescue as an operator
  • Communicate actions effectively
  • Demonstrate emergency operator responses when required
  • Demonstrate the rollover procedures
  • Determine current location, destination and resources
  • Determine and plan a safe course
  • Navigate to destination and return to port
  • Complete post navigational activities


  • Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age on the date of assessment
  • Candidates must hold the following SLSA awards:
    • Hold a current Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
    • Hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid)
    • Hold a current Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • Hold a current Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
  • Candidates must  hold a motor vehicle license with tow capability

It is an additional LNC Branch requirement that all candidates hold current Silver Medallion IRB Driver and IRB crew awards.

Candidates must join the Support Services RWC group and commit to completing a minimum of four shifts per season.

Course Duration:

The RWC operator certificate course is approximately 55 hours dependent on surf conditions. Candidates need the opportunity to train in large surf conditions on multiple occasions prior to assessment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Consult the SLSNSW RPL Guide for Applicants available on the Participant Resources page of the SLSNSW website.

Course enquiries:

Please contact Director of Education


Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios.


For this award to remain current, candidates must perform a proficiency check prior to 31st December each year. Proficiency sign-off is also dependent on the member completing a minimum of five rostered shifts per season.


RWC training is conducted by LNC endorsed trainers and facilitators.

Training resources for this course:


  • Training enrolment form
  • Rescue Water Craft Operator Learner guide
  • RWC workbook 2 – Search and Rescue and RWC operations
  • Participant evaluation form
  • RPL application form
  • Training course report
  • Multiday attendance sheet
  • Assessors completion form
  • RWC log sheet


  • Powercraft Training Manual (7th edition)

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