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.


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