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Vertical Rescue




Four (4) Days

course overview

This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to undertake vertical rescues in a range of emergency situations in both natural and manmade environments. It is aimed at those working in emergency response roles in any industry where vertical rescues may be required.

As a participant on this course, you will be introduced to various items of software and hardware that you will then need to utilise to perform various tasks on rope, suspended and at ground level. Participants will be required to wear a rescue harness and utilise equipment to ascend and descend ropes on their own up to a height of approximately 10 meters. While the shown techniques will assist in accomplishing these tasks the participant will be required to shift and hold their own body weight relying on arm, leg, and core strength to do so.

Participants are also required to conduct a mid-pitch rescue using specialized equipment and the above-mentioned muscle groups to release a fallen casualty and bring them safely to the ground. Participants will be required to build and operate mechanical advantage systems and act as part of a haulage team that will be lifting rescuers and casualties (at times simultaneously) at a height of approximately 6 meters.

learning outcomes

This course covers the following topics:
• Selection, use and maintenance of vertical rescue equipment
• Scene assessment and management
• Establishing vertical rescue systems and anchors
• The steps and techniques in carrying out a rescue
• Casualty removal
• Operational debriefing and completion of documentation


Participants must:
• Hold and provide a current Statement of Attainment for RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights or equivalent
• Provide photo I.D on entry
• Unless exempt, provide a verifiable USI number
• Be physically fit and healthy with core strength and capacity to perform manual tasks
• Be able to read, write, communicate orally, and understand and interpret complex information and situations
• Be able to interact with others and work under pressure
• Dress appropriately i.e., long sleeve, long pants or overalls, safety boots/closed in shoes, safety glasses
Please ensure you read our Student Handbook for further information on our policies, procedures, terms, and program conditions.

If you are unsure if you require learning support, SDS can provide access to a LLN assessment that identifies if any learning support is needed. Please ensure you inform the training team on registration, if you fail to inform the training team at registration, learning support may not be available on the day of training.

delivery method

This course is delivered over four (4) days and consists of classroom-based theory learning with practical based activities.


• PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation

Participants must successfully complete PUASAR022 Participate in a rescue operation prior to undertaking PUASAR032 Undertake vertical rescue. This can be assessed on the first day of this course if the pre-requisite HLTAID011 Provide First Aid is held and provided.

Pre-requisites are available through SDS, please contact the training team for more information.


$1,150.00 (No GST applicable). Prices subject to change.


Assessment includes written and/or multiple-choice knowledge assessment and practical based skills assessments.


On successful completion participants will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment for:
• PUASAR032 Undertake Vertical Rescue

skills maintenance

To ensure your skills and knowledge are maintained it is critical you undertake regular skills maintenance training. Where there is no licence or legislated expiry the industry standard for skills maintenance is every two (2) years.

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