The Swimsafer Syllabus

 

SwimSafer is a national water safety programme in Singapore introduced in July 2010 by the National Water Safety Council (NWSC). SwimSafer Programmes are conducted by professional SwimSafer Instructors. Every accredited SwimSafer Instructor will hold a valid SwimSafer Instructor card. Do remember to request for their verification card as only certified SwimSafer Instructors are allowed to conduct SwimSafer.

The SwimSafer programme consists of:

  • Six (6) progressive stages,
  • each comprising 12 hours of lesson time.
  • Survival and activity skills are taught in each stage of the programme, working progressively toward the next stage.

At the end of each stage, each child will receive a stage completion certificate indicating his/ her individual skill achievements.

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Jump to:  Stage 1  |  Stage 2  |  Stage 3  |  Bronze  |  Silver   |  Gold


Stage 1 – Introduction to Water Skills

Entries & Exits 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 glide to a standing position
  3. Introduction to Floatation Survival Technique
Underwater skills Submerge in waist depth water, open eyes and blow bubbles
Movement/ Swimming/ Strokes
  1. Swim – Any stroke
  2. Forward movement 10 m
  3. Intro 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.
Rescue skills NA
Knowledge Rules of behaviour in, on or near the water, Water safety knowledge at a swimming pool

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Stage 2 – Fundamental Water Skills

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
  1. Swim 25m – Any stroke
  2. Breaststroke
  3. Backstroke
  4. Survival Backstroke
Survival & Activity skills
  1. Swim wearing clothing for 15m.
  2. Demonstrate flotation survival technique
  3. Correctly fit a PFD, jump into the water and swim for 5 meters and climb out of deep water.
Rescue skills NA
Knowledge Water safety rules in various aquatic environments

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Stage 3 – Stroke Development and Basic Rescue Skills

Entries & Exits Perform a stride/straddle entry
Sculling & Body Orientation
  1. Demonstrate sculling in a horizontal position for 10 seconds with arms only.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to change direction on command.
  3. Demonstrate reverse action
Underwater skills In chest deep water swim through hoops on pool bottom 2 metres apart.
Movement/ Swimming/ Strokes
  1. Swim 50m continuously
  2. 25m using either Breaststroke or Front- Crawl
  3. 25m using either Backstroke or Survival Backstroke
Survival & Activity skills
  1. Swim wearing clothing for 25m
  2. Demonstrate ability to correctly fit a PFD in the water.
Rescue skills
  1. Throw a flotation aid to a partner at 3m distance and instruct to kick to the edge.
  2. Perform a reach rescue using a rigid aid and pull a partner to safety
Knowledge Principles of personal survival

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Bronze –  Personal Survival and Stroke Improvement Skills

Entries & Exits Enter water using a compact jump
Sculling & Body Orientation Demonstrate a backward and forward somersault in the water.
Underwater skills
  1. Search for and recover an object in 1.5 m of water depth.
  2. Demonstrate a feet-first surface dive.
Movement/ Swimming/ Strokes
  1. Swim 100m Continuously
  2. 25m Front Crawl
  3. 25m Breaststroke
  4. 25m Backstroke
  5. 25m 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
  1. Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope over a distance of 6m.
  2. Wade to a person and deliver a flotation aid in deep water.
  3. Approach in “Ready” position
Knowledge Principles of water craft safety

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Silver – Intermediate Personal Survival & Stroke Refinement Skills

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 1.5m of water depth swim through hoops on pool bottom 3 metres apart.
Movement/ Swimming/ Strokes
  1. Swim 200 m continuously
  2. 50m Front Crawl
  3. 50m Breaststroke.
  4. 50m Backstroke
  5. 50m Survival Backstroke or Sidestroke
  6. Efficient stroke techniques must be used
Survival & Activity Skills
  1. Dressed in swimwear, long pants and long sleeved shirt, perform the following as a continuous sequence:
  2. Enter deep water using an appropriate entry method
  3. Submerge feet first, swim underwater for 3 meters.
  4. Resurface scull, float or tread water for 3 minutes waving for help intermittently.
  5. Clothing may be removed.
  6. 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 (noncontact) rescue of a person 15m from safety
Knowledge Recognising an Emergency

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Gold – Advance Personal Survival & Swimming Skill Proficiency   

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 m of water depth.

• Demonstrate equalising of ear/nose.

Movement/ Swimming/ Strokes • Swim 400m continuously

• 100m Breaststroke.

• 100m Front Crawl

• 100 m Backstroke

• 100m 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 from 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 10m from safety
Knowledge Principles when performing a rescue

Source: https://www.myactivesg.com/sports/swimming/how-to-play/did-you-know/what-is-the-swimsafer-programme

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