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  • Personal aquatic survival skills

    A personal aquatic survival skill lets a person survive and/or be safe in the water.

    Personal aquatic survival skills include:

    • sculling
    • treading water
    • floating
    • safe entry and exit from the water
    • techniques for clothed swimming survival
    • use of devices to assist rescue, and
    • basic swimming skills.

    Basic swimming skills prevent people from drowning or enable them to move away from a dangerous situation in the water – for example, to move away from a burning vessel. We consider that people have acquired all necessary basic swimming skills when they have completed a swimming and water safety program that is consistent with the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework.

    A course that teaches mainly personal aquatic survival skills:

    • teaches a student how to survive in the water, or
    • improves their ability to survive in the water.

    Example: Personal aquatic survival skills

    The Killeen Leisure Centre gives classes for children aged three and over.

    After completing a beginner's level course, a child can:

    • put their face in the water
    • blow bubbles
    • float motionless for 10 seconds
    • kick while holding onto the pool edge, and
    • get in and out of the pool.

    Because all of these skills are personal aquatic survival skills, the beginners' level classes satisfy the relevant requirements in the definition of a 'first aid or lifesaving course' in the GST Act.

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      Last modified: 10 Jan 2019QC 17317