Introduction to Water Skills

SwimSafer Stage 1

SwimSafer Stage 1

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.

Test Criteria

Entries & Exits

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

Sculling & Body Orientation

  1. Recover from a face down float or glide to a standing position
  2. Recover from a back float or back glide to a standing position
  3. Introduction to Flotation Survival Technique

Underwater Skills

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

Movement/ Swimming/Strokes

  1. Forward movement 10m
  2. Introduction to Backward movement 5m

Survival & Activity skills

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

Knowledge

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