Frequently Asked Questions about Resuscitation during COVID-19 Pandemic
The Australian Resuscitation Council recognises the ethical dilemmas created by attempting to
balance the needs of rescuers to avoid COVID-19 infection and potential negative impacts on the
collapsed person caused by changes to the resuscitation process.
Royal Life Saving Executive Director Mr Paul Barry announced today (15 May 2020) that Royal Life Saving Queensland will re-commence our training and assessment services.
Mr Barry advised trainers at 5pm this afternoon, that training services will re-commence,
however trainers must abide by all Queensland Government guidelines in repsect to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trainers will need implement stringent safe work practices including social distancing, use of PPE and contact tracing measures.
We will be releasing course dates for our popular courses such as CPR, First Aid and Pool Lifeguard over the next few days.
Please check our website early next week for more details.
Note: This statement is current as at 5pm (AEST) on 15 May 2020
Updated Note on COVID‐19 Advice for Aquatic Industry and Swim Schools
Royal Life Saving continues to closely monitor the COVID‐19 Pandemic through official sources, including the
Australian Government Department of Health, and State/Territory Government Departments of Health.
Royal Life Saving has updated its CEO note on COVID‐19 Advice for Aquatic Industry and Swim Schools.
This statement has information on mapping swimming and water safety programs and other aquatic activities to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Framework for rebooting sport
Note: This position is current as at 10am (AEST) on 14 May 2020
Update to GSPO for COVID-19
The new guidelines now form part of the Guidelines for Safe Pool Operations (GSPO) and provide specific advice to owners and operators of aquatic facilities on how to manage the risk of COVID-19 as they look to reopen their businesses in the near future.
Craig Roberts, the National Manager of Operations for RLSSA and Chair of the NAISC, said “This nationally agreed guidance is to be welcomed in these uncertain times, and gives the aquatic industry sector a consolidated and consistent roadmap to managing the risks associated with COVID-19.”
Royal Life Saving is providing this chapter of the GSPO free of charge.
Royal Life Saving Statement on COVID-19 and the Aquatic Industry
It is a question everyone is asking: when can aquatic centres and swim schools safely reopen?
Balancing public health measures and economic considerations with our love of swimming is clearly challenging.
Our commitment to industry remains steadfast, but of course community safety is paramount.
Read Royal Life Saving’s recommendations and suggested roadmap to recovery at:
This statement is current as at 4pm on 30 April 2020.
Cert III and Cert IV in Swimming Pool & Spa Service
Royal Life Saving is offering the following courses:
CPP31218 Certificate III in Swimming Pool and Spa Service
CPP41319 Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Service
View the Course Brochure here which includes more details and information about the course.
Monday 31 August 2020 to Friday 11 September 2020.
The course is subject to minimum number which will be confirmed one week before course commencement.
The Plantation, 1204 New Cleveland Road, Gumdale QLD
$3,600.00 (including GST)
However 10% discount (so the course fee will be $3,240.00) if paid upfront
Download the course enrolment form here, complete the form and send it to us.
We will contact you following receipt of the form and discuss the course with you.
Royal Life Saving Launches Water Safety Activities for Kids
Royal Life Saving has some excellent educational resources that can be used by parents and teachers for Health and Physical Education and cross-curricula learning outcomes.
These will aid students in developing their knowledge and understanding in swimming and water safety as well as basic lifesaving and emergency care.
Access to these resources are FREE OF CHARGE and can easily be distributed to students, shared online, downloaded or used via our e-learning platform.
Teacher guides, instructions and additional information is provide to help teachers and parents use these resources effectively.
Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Guidance during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic
The Resuscitation Council (UK) have released a video guide for out of hospital cardiac arrest and provision of CPR during the COIVID-19 pandemic.
Many people are concern about the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), but we wish to emphasise the crucial importance of doing CPR for the person in cardiac arrest.
We also suggest that you carry PPE (a disposable CPR mask and gloves) with you during this time.
Don't forget the first step in CPR is to check for Danger and remove unreasonable risks to you, the patient and bystanders.
This could be by using PPE and following the advice in the video.
Royal Life Saving has issued a Position Statement
on the re-accreditation of Lifeguard who work in the aquatic industry.
The renewal dates for CPR, First Aid and Pool Lifeguard certifications and accreditation related to the Aquatic Industry which
lapse between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 where trainees are unable to complete training and assessment requirements due to
the COVID-19 Pandemic is that trainees will have the validity of existing certifications and accreditations extended until 1 July 2020.
We undertake to review this position prior to 1 May 2020. We plan to provide a number of re-accreditation courses during July at our locations at Burpengary and Gumdale. Please check our website for more details closer to July 2020.
Royal Life Saving has released a
in respect to the qualifications required when operating a commercial aquatic facility. This statement is a result of the release of Queensland Health’s water quality guidelines for public aquatic facilities (dated December 2019).
The purpose of the guideline is to reduce risk to public health and the focus is on water quality associated risks .
In accordance with Queensland Health’s water quality guidelines (P42) for public aquatic facilities our position is that all staff who operate aquatic facilities undergo appropriate training for the risk level of the facility.
The minimum standard for aquatic facilities is for staff to undertake a short course in Pool Plant Operations which includes the following units of competence:
SISCAQU001 Test Pool Water Quality
SISCAQU003 Maintain Aquatic Facility Plant and Equipment
SISCAQU004 Develop and Implement Pool Water Maintenance Procedures
SISCAQU005 Develop and Implement Aquatic Maintenance Procedures
BSBRSK401 Identify Risk and Apply Risk Management Processes
We recommend that operators of medium risk facilities also complete a Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Service (CPP41319), medium risk facilities include:
Interactive water features
Pools used by incontinent people
25M & 50M Pools
Holidays Park Pools
Theme Park Wave Pools
Course Providers and Implementation Date
Royal Life Saving recommends that these training course be completed with an industry body in Queensland which is a Registered Training Organisation.
The training for the short course should be implemented immediately.
Our position is that operators of high risk facilities should have staff training completed by 31 December 2020.
A Cert IV course can take a long period of time to complete and we recommend that operators enroll staff in to a course before 30 June 2020.
The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report identified 64 drowning deaths occurred across Queensland in 2018/19, 86% of which were males and 39% were in rivers and creeks.
Nine children under the age of 5 drowned, reinforcing the importance of supervising children around water.
Of these, 123 deaths (45%) occurred over the summer period, which is a 17% increase compared with the 10‐year average.
Overall, 101 drowning deaths occurred in inland waterways and 31 in swimming pools. There were 122 coastal drowning deaths, which includes 71 on beaches, 22 at rock/cliff locations and 18 offshore. Over 80% of total drowning deaths were male.
Royal Life Saving Queensland CEO Paul Barry said “Royal Life Saving is urging Queenslanders to supervise children around water, ensure their pool fence is in good working order in the lead up to summer,
and to create safe play areas for children on properties with dams”.
32% of Queensland drowning deaths were young adults between the ages of 18 to 34 years. “The report reinforces the importance of ensuring all Australians have the swimming and water safety skills to enjoy our beautiful waterways safely” said Mr Barry.
To stay safe around water, Royal Life Saving and Surf Life Saving Australia urge all Australians to:
Supervise children at all times around water
Learn swimming and lifesaving skills
Wear a lifejacket when boating, rock fishing or paddling
Swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags
GoodSAM is the world's most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform.
GoodSAM is set up to work with ambulance and pre-hospital services to enable qualified bystanders to provide life saving care in emergencies.
The app enables those with a Royal Life Saving First Aid certificate to register on the app and help the community.
GoodSAM is also the world's largest public AED Registry, and have also launched the world’s first mobile AED tracking system.
The app allows alerters to dial the emergency services, and at the same time notify nearby qualified responders (including those with a First Aid certificate) of a medical emergency.
By alerting responders of an emergency, GoodSAM connects those in need with those who have the skills to provide critical help before the emergency services arrive.
Royal Life Saving Queensland is the first Queensland organisation to register with GoodSAM.
Holders of a current Royal Life Saving Queensland First Aid certificate are able to register as a responder on the app.
Please consider downloading the app and registering as an Alerter or Responder.
Click here for more information.
New research reveals about as many as one‐in‐six people who swim in rivers is under the influence of alcohol.
A study conducted by RLSS and James Cook University surveyed locals and tourists at four river locations (one in Queensland).
Researchers used a breathalyser to gauge if people were swimming under the influence of alcohol.
A total of 684 people were surveyed and breathalysed across 16 days at the four research sites.
Amy Peden (National Manager of Research and Policy) said the study found 16 percent (1 in 6) of swimmers recorded a positive blood alcohol content (BAC) and seven percent were over the legal driving limit.
In the past decade, 1,995 men have drowned. Men are four times more likely to drown than women, with males accounting for 80% of all drowning deaths.
A culture of risk taking behaviour among men can be dangerous around water, and when combined with alcohol and/or drugs it is often fatal.
Almost a quarter (24%) of male drowning deaths involved alcohol alone. Of the men who had been drinking and subsequently drowned, 67% would have failed a random breath test with a recorded a blood alcohol content above 0.05%.
Tips For Looking Out For Your Mates:
Stand up to your mates if they suggest swimming or taking out a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
"Woah, easy there. Where do you think you're going? Not in your state mate."
Suggest alternative activities away from the water when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Challenge your mates to a round of ping pong, watch your favourite sport on the tele, or take a good ol' nap.
Enjoying the water before any drugs alcohol consumed
Not leaving them alone if they’re under the influence around water
Is your school registered for the Swim and Survive program?
We provide partners free lesson plans, certificates and support to deliver the swim and survive program.
Your school can register to deliver the swim and survive program here.
You can also get free resources here.
Have more questions or would like to booik a workshop, why not contact us.
Training Courses are back!
Royal Life Saving advises that we are now conducted training at The Plantation Aquatriuc Centre (Gumdale) and Burpengary Aquatics.