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SwimSafer is a water safety programme introduced by the National Water Safety Council. It combines the National Survival Award and Learn To Swim programme into a progressive six part course. Our children’s swimming lessons will progress in 6 stages. Each stage requires them to learn and perform a new skill. Certificates will be awarded for those who can perform all skills for each stage.

Stage 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

The objective is for your child to gain confidence and develop independence in the water, as well as learn general and deep-end water safety. Techniques taught include forward and backward movement, safe entry and exit, and introduction to personal water survival skills.

 

1) ENTRY & EXIT: Slide-in entry

 

2) SCULLING & BODY POSITION: Recover from face up & face down float to a standing position – Floatation Survival Technique

 

3) UNDERWATER SKILLS: Open eyes & blow bubbles (No Goggles)

 

4) SWIMMING STROKES: 10m Forward & 5m Backward

 

5) SURVIVAL SKILLS: Wear clothing. Upright position, signal for distress. (Open palm & wave) Grab floatation device & be pulled to safety. Fit PFD, float for 30 sec on back & climb out of deep water.

 

6) RESCUE SKILLS: N.A

 

7) KNOWLEDGE: Rules of behaviour in, on or near the water. Water Safety knowledge at a swimming pool.

Stage 2 - Fundamental Water Skills

General skills development will include unassisted step entry into water, sculling, feet-first surface dives, personal water safety skills and water safety awareness in an aquatic environment. Your child will be encouraged to achieve 25 metres of continuous swim.

 

1) ENTRY & EXIT: Step-in entry

 

2) SCULLING & BODY POSITION: 10secs vertical scull – Ability to change direction

 

3) UNDERWATER SKILLS: Search & recover object in chest deep water (No Goggles)

 

4) SWIMMING STROKES: 25m Forward Swim

 

5) SURVIVAL SKILLS: 15m clothing swim, Demo floatation survival technnique for 1 min. Fit PFD, jump in, swim 5m & climb out.

 

6) RESCUE SKILLS: N.A

 

7) KNOWLEDGE: Water Safety Rules in various aquatic environments

Stage 3 - Personal Water Survival and Stroke Development Skills

Principles of personal water survival and basic rescue skills will be taught. Your child will demonstrate proficiency in sculling, underwater skills, and the use of Personal Floatation Device. Your child will be encouraged to achieve 50 metres of continuous swim.

 

1) ENTRY & EXIT: Stride/Straddle Jump

 

2) SCULLING & BODY POSITION: 10secs horizontal scull, ability to change direction. Reverse action.

 

3) UNDERWATER SKILLS: Swim through hoops 2m apart

 

4) SWIMMING STROKES:
Swim 50m
25m Breast Stroke / Freestyle
25m Back Stroke / Survival back

 

5) SURVIVAL SKILLS: 25m clothing swim. Fit PFD in water.

 

6) RESCUE SKILLS: Board throw rescue 3m & Reach rescue

 

7) KNOWLEDGE: Principles of personal survival

Stage 4 - BRONZE Award

Development of your child’s stroke technique will be 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 water survival skills.

 

1) ENTRY & EXIT: Compact Jump

 

2) SCULLING & BODY POSITION: Somersault Forward & Backward

 

3) UNDERWATER SKILLS: [1.5m depth] Recover an object with feet first surface dive

 

4) SWIMMING STROKES:
Swim 100m
25m Front-crawl
25m Breast stroke
25m Back stroke
25m Survival Backstroke

 

5) SURVIVAL SKILLS: 3 minutes clothing swim using appropriate stroke, changing stroke each minute. (All face above water)

 

6) RESCUE SKILLS: Rope rescue (6m) & Wade rescue, approach in “Ready” position

 

7) KNOWLEDGE: Principles of water craft safety

Stage 5 - SILVER Award

Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of rescue skills and personal water survival skills will also continue at more advance levels. Your child will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques to complete stage 5 before progressing to stage 6.

 

1) ENTRY & EXIT: Crouching Dive

 

2) SCULLING & BODY POSITION: 60sec head above water sculling

 

3) UNDERWATER SKILLS: [1.5m depth] Swim through hoops 3m apart (No Goggles)

 

4) SWIMMING STROKES:
Swim 200m
50m Front-crawl
50m Breaststroke
50m Backstroke
50m Survival Backstroke

 

5) SURVIVAL SKILLS:
Wear long pants & long sleeve shirt
– Enter with appropriate Feet first dive (Step in or compact) + 3m underwater swim.
– Resurface, Scull, float or thread water for 3mins & wave for help.
– Remove clothing while threading water.
– Wear PFD while threading water, swim 25m & climb out

 

6) RESCUE SKILLS: 15m accompanied swim rescue

 

7) KNOWLEDGE: Recognising an emergency

Stage 6 - GOLD Award

Your child 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 advanced personal water survival skills will continue to be taught.
1) ENTRY & EXIT: Standing Dive

 

2) SCULLING & BODY POSITION: 60sec thread water (legs only)

 

3) UNDERWATER SKILLS: [1.8m depth] Recover object & equalise ear/nose

 

4) SWIMMING STROKES:
Swim 400m
100m Front-crawl
100m Breast stroke
100m Back stroke
100m Side stroke

 

5) SURVIVAL SKILLS:
Wear long pants & long sleeve shirt
-5m underwater swim (escape boat), 45m fast swim
-50m swim, (survival back/breaststoke) occasionally signalling for help
-Remove clothing in deep water, fit PFD while threading water, swim 100m.
-Demostrate HELP technique (mushroom float) & climb out of water while wearing PFD. (HELP = Heat Escaping Lessening Posture)

 

6) RESCUE SKILLS: 10m Non-contact tow rescue

 

7) KNOWLEDGE: Principles of rescue

The SwimSafer Programme serves to promote safe swimming and aims to provide a safer and positive experience for those involved in water sports. All swimmers must exercise their own caution and everyone is nevertheless responsible for their own wellbeing. Singapore Sports Council is not liable whatsoever for any death, personal injury or mishap that may occur.