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SwimSafer - Stage 1 (Beginner)

Introduction to Water Skills

The objective is develop confidence and independence in the water, learn general and deep-end water safety. Techniques taught include the forward and backward movement, safe entry and exit and personal water safety.

Entries & Exits

Enter the water safely and confidently with slide-In entry and exit using ladder and from pool edge.

Sculling & Body Orientation

Recover from a face down float or glide to a standing position

Recover from a back float or glide to a standing position

Introduction to Floatation Survival Technique

Underwater Skills

Submerge in waist depth water, open eyes and blow bubbles.

Movement/Swimming/Strokes

Swim: Any stroke Forward movement 10 metres

Intro to Backward movement 5 metres

Survival & Activity skills

Support body in an upright position and signal distress.Grasp a flotation aid thrown for support Be pulled to safety, wearing clothing, correctly fit a PFD, jump into the water, float for 30 seconds and then climb out of deep water.

Rescue Skills

none

Knowledge

Rules of behaviour in, on or near the water. Water safety knowledge at a swimming pool.

SwimSafer - Stage 2 (Beginner)

Fundamental Water Skills

General skill development including unassisted step entry into water, sculling, feet first surface dives, personal water safety skills as well as water safety in aquatic environments. Goal is to achieve 25 metres of continuous swimming.

Entries & Exits

Perform a step-in entry

Sculling & Body Orientation

Demonstrate sculling in an upright position for 10 seconds with arms only.

Underwater Skills

Search for and recover an object in chest deep water depth.

Movement/Swimming/Strokes

Swim 25m – Any stroke
Breaststroke
Backstroke
Survival Backstroke

Survival & Activity skills

Swim wearing clothing for 15m.
Demonstrate flotation survival technique
Correctly fit a PFD, jump into the water and swim for 5 metres and climb out of deep water.

Rescue Skills

none

Knowledge

Water safety rules in various aquatic environments

SwimSafer - Stage 3 (Intermediate)

Personal & Stroke Development Skills

Principles of personal survival as well as basic rescue skills are taught. Skills include sculling, underwater skills and the use of personal flotation device. Goal is to achieve 50m of continuous swimming.

Entries & Exits

Perform a stride/straddle entry

Sculling & Body Orientation

Demonstrate sculling in a horizontal position for 10 seconds with arms only.
Demonstrate the ability to change direction on command.Demonstrate reverse action

Underwater Skills

In chest deep water swim through hoops on pool bottom 2 metres apart.

Movement/Swimming/Strokes

Swim 50 metres continously
25 metres using either Breaststroke or Front- Crawl and 25 metres using either Backstroke or Survival Backstroke

Survival & Activity skills

Swim wearing clothing for 25 metres
Demonstrate ability to correctly fit a PFD in the water.

Rescue Skills

Throw a flotation aid to a partner at 3 metres distance and instruct to kick to the edge
Perform a reach rescue using a rigid aid and pull a partner to safety

Knowledge

Principles of personal survival

SwimSafer - Stage 4 (Bronze)

Personal Survival & Stroke Improvement Skills

Development of child’s stroke techniques is a focus here, along with coordinated breathing in deep water while swimming 100 metres. Principles of water craft safety will be introduced as well as continual work on rescue and personal survival skills.

Entries & Exits

Enter water using a compact jump

Sculling & Body Orientation

Demonstrate a backward and forward somersault in the water.

Underwater Skills

Search for and recover an object in 1.5 m of water depth. Demonstrate a feet-first surface dive.

Movement/Swimming/Strokes

Swim 100 metres continuously
25 metres Front Crawl
25 metres Breaststroke
25 metres Backstroke
25 metres Survival Backstroke or Sidestroke

Survival & Activity skills

Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt demonstrate 3 minutes swimming slowly using any appropriate swim stroke, changing each minute

Rescue Skills

Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope over a distance of 6 metres. Wade to a person and deliver a flotation aid in deep water. Approach in “Ready” position

Knowledge

Principles of water craft safety

SwimSafer - Stage 5 (Silver)

Intermediate Personal Survival & Stroke Refinement Skills

Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of rescue skills and personal survival knowledge will also continue at more advanced levels. Children will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques to complete stage 5.

Entries & Exits

Demonstrate a dive entry (crouching)

Sculling & Body Orientation

Keep face above the water for 60 seconds sculling with hands only

Underwater Skills

In 1.5 metres of water depth swim through hoops on pool bottom 3 metres apart.

Movement/Swimming/Strokes

Swim 200 metres continuously
50 metres Front Crawl
50 metres Breaststroke
50 metres Backstroke
50 metres Survival Backstroke or Sidestroke Efficient stroke techniques must be used

Survival & Activity skills

Dressed in swimwear, long pants and long sleeved shirt, perform the following as a continuous sequence:Enter deep water using an appropriate entry method,
Submerge feet first,
Swim underwater for 3 metres,
Resurface scull, float or tread water for 3 minutes waving for help intermittently. Clothing may be removed.
Correctly fit a PFD while treading water and then swim 25 metres and climb out of the water

Rescue Skills

Using a buoyant aid, accompanied (non- contact) rescue of a person 15 metres from safety

Knowledge

Recognising an Emergency

SwimSafer - Stage 6 (Gold)

 

Advance Personal Survival & Swimming Skill Proficiency

Children will be required to perform strokes with greater ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over 400 metres. Rescue skills and water safety knowledge will focus on lifesaving readiness. Standing dive and personal safety skills will continue to be taught.

Entries & Exits

Demonstrate a standing dive

Sculling & Body Orientation

Keep face above the water surface for 60 seconds using legs only

Underwater Skills

Search for and recover an object in 1.8 metres of water depth. Demonstrate equalising of ear/nose.

Movement/Swimming/Strokes

Swim 400 metres continuously

100 metres Breaststroke
100 metres Front Crawl
100 metres Backstroke100 metres Survival Backstroke or Sidestroke
Efficient stroke techniques must be used.

Survival & Activity skills

Dressed in swimwear, long pants, long- sleeved shirt , shoes and socks, perform the following sequence:Enter deep water using an appropriate entry method swim 5 metres underwater to simulate an escape form a sinking boat surrounded by oil.

Swim a further 45 metres as if escaping from a dangerous situation.
Remove shoes and then swim slowly for further 50 metres using any preferred swim stroke occasionally signalling for help.

Remove clothing in deep water. Fit PFD correctly while treading water, swim 100 metres using appropriate strokes.

Demonstrate HELP technique and climb out of the water whilst wearing the PFD

Rescue Skills

Using a suitable buoyant aid, tow (non- contact) rescue of a person 10 metres from safety.

Knowledge

Principles when performing a rescue

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