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Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim Program

(from 5 years old – 30 minute duration)

Based on the Royal Life Saving Society’s nationally recognised curriculum, classes are undertaken with an Austswim-qualified Instructor who teach stroke development and survival skills while encouraging enjoyment and water safety.

Level progression is identical to the Department of Education’s Vacswim and School In-Term programs making it user friendly for all. Another major advantage over private swim schools is that our program places equal importance on both stroke correction and survival skills. Students are educated about safe behaviour in various aquatic environments, they develop rescue abilities and are introduced to resuscitation; in addition to our Instructors correcting your child’s swimming technique!

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Stage 1 - Beginner

Skill #Outcome
1Safely enter water. Safe exit.
2Exhale in water - Face in.
3Open eyes under water - Identify an object.
4Submerge - Waist deep (minimum).
5Glide forward and recover - Waist deep (minimum).
6Float or glide backward and recover. Flotation aid acceptable.
7Water safety sequence Confident entry into and exit from the water. Float for 10-15 seconds, with a flotation aid.

Stage 2 - Water Discovery

Skill #Outcome
8Glide forward and kick 3m. Horizontal body position. Face in.
9Glide Backward, kick and recover. No set distance.
10Freestyle - Swim 5m. Face submerged.
11Scull/tread water. Basic hand and leg action.
12Water safety sequence
Glide forward and recover to a standing position. Float for 30 seconds, with a flotation aid. Be pulled to safety.

Stage 3 - Preliminary

Skill #Outcome
13Freestyle - Swim 10m. Breathing.
14Glide Backward And Kick 5m. Waist deep (minimum).
15Breaststroke Leg Action - Swim 5m. On back (with board).
16Demonstrate Survival Sculling. On back.
17Demonstrate Forward Roll. Basic.
18Water safety sequence
Glide and swim 10m, recover to upright position. Support body in an upright position and signal distress.

Stage 4 - Water Awareness

Skill #Outcome
19Freestyle - Swim 15m. Regular Breathing.
20Backstroke - Swim 10m. Catch up acceptable.
21Survival Backstroke - Swim 10m. Below water arm recovery.
22Breaststroke - Swim 5m. Basic.
23Scull Head First On Back. Without leg action.
24Recover An Object. Chest deep (minimum).
25Swim In Deep Water.
26Water safety sequence
Swim and survival scull for 60 seconds. Grasp an object and be pulled to safety.

Stage 5 - Water Sense

Skill #Outcome
27Freestyle - Swim 25m. Correct technique.
28Backstroke - Swim 15m. Correct technique.
29Survival Backstroke - Swim 15m. Symmetrical leg action.
30Breaststroke - Swim 15m. Symmetrical leg action.
31Demonstrate a Surface Dive. Shoulder deep. Recover an object.
32Water safety sequence
Step in entry. Scull for 60 seconds using a combination of survival sculling and horizontal sculling, keeping the face above water. Grasp a flotation aid thrown for support and swim for 60 seconds. Be pulled to safety by a partner.

Stage 6 - Junior

Skill #Outcome
33Freestyle - Swim 50m. Correct technique.
34Backstroke - Swim 25m. Correct technique.
35Breaststroke - Swim 25m. Correct technique.
36Demonstrate a Dive Entry. Shoulder deep minimum required.
37Dive entry into deep water. Rotation of the
tucked body keeping the face above water.
Swim slowly for 3 minutes using two recognised survival strokes. Grasp aid thrown for support
and kick to safety.

Stage 7 - Intermediate

Skill #Outcome
38Scull Feet First on Back. Sculling hand action.
39Demonstrate Eggbeater Kick. Alternating leg action.
40Swim 150 Metres. Correct technique.
41Water safety sequence
Enter water using a compact jump. Swim slowly for four minutes using two recognized survival strokes.

Stage 8 - Water Wise

Skill #Outcome
42Sidestroke - Swim 25m. Scissor kick required.
43Demonstrate Dolphin Kick. Basic.
44Swim 200m. Correct technique.
45Water safety sequence
Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt demonstrate: 2 minutes survival sculling, floating or treading water then; 3 minutes swimming slowly using three recognised strokes keeping the arms below the surface, changing each minute.

Stage 9 - Senior

Skill #Outcome
46Dolphin kick; Paired arm action.
47Desirable to see: attempted tumble turn.
48Freestyle 50m;
Backstroke 50m;
Freestyle 50m;
Survival backstroke
50m; Breaststroke
50m; Sidestroke 50m.
Continuous swim with no rest; Confidence in completing 300m.
49Danger; Response; Send, Airway; Breathing;
Compressions; Defibrillation
50Water safety sequence
Non-contact rescues; Defensive position and
reverse; Delivery of flotation aid in deep water.

Stage 10 - Junior Swim and Survive

Skill #Outcome
51Shallow water entries and exits.
52Rotate about the vertical & horizontal axis. Eggbeater kick with arms for support.
53Surface dive and recover object in 1.2m water. Swim underwater 4m.
54Freestyle - Swim 100m
Breaststroke - Swim 50m
Backstroke - Swim 50m
Survival Backstroke - Swim 50m
Sidestroke - Swim 50m
Butterfly - Swim 15m
Swim 100m (2 strokes)
55Survival swim 100m wearing short length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival). Float 2min with aid. Safely use lifejacket (fit out of water, enter and float for 1min).
56Reach Rescue person 1m from safety. Initiative in assessment and rescue.
57Hazards, Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies.

Stage 11 - Swim and Survive

Skill #Outcome
58Deep water entries and exits.
59Forward and backward somersault.
60Surface dive and recover object in 1.5m water. Swim underwater 5m.
61Freestyle - Swim 100m
Breaststroke - Swim 50m
Backstroke - Swim 50m
Survival Backstroke - Swim 50m
Sidestroke - Swim 50m
Butterfly - Swim 15m
Swim 100m (2 strokes)
62Survival swim 100m wearing short length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival). Float 2min without aid. Safely use lifejacket (fit out of water, enter and float for 1min, swim 25m).
63Reach & Throw Rescue person 5m from safety. Initiative in assessment and rescue.
64Hazards, Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies.

Stage 12 - Senior Swim and Survive

Skill #Outcome
65Safe dive entry.
66Eggbeater kick without arms.
67Surface dive and recover 2 objects in 1.5m water.
Swim underwater 6m.
68Freestyle - Swim 150m
Breaststroke -Swim 100m
Backstroke - Swim 100m
Survival Backstroke - Swim 50m
Sidestroke - Swim 50m
Butterfly - Swim 25m
Swim 200m (4 strokes)
69Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival). Float 3min with aid. Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, float for 2min, swim 50m).
70Throw & Wade Rescue person 10m from safety. Initiative in assessment and rescue.
71Hazards, Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies.

Stage 13 - Wade Rescue

Skill #Outcome
72Defensive position.
73Surface dive and recover 2 objects in 1.8m water.
Swim underwater 8m.
74Freestyle - Swim 150m
Breaststroke -Swim 100m
Backstroke - Swim 100m
Survival Backstroke - Swim 50m
Sidestroke - Swim 50m
Butterfly - Swim 25m
Swim 200m (4 strokes)
75Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival). Float 3min without aid. Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, float for 2min, swim 50m).
76Wade & Swim Rescue person 15m from safety. Initiative in assessment and rescue.
77Hazards, Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies.

Stage 14 - Accompanied Rescue

Skill #Outcome
78Defensive blocking and reverse.
79Individual search in deep water.
80Freestyle - Swim 200m
Breaststroke- Swim 100m
Backstroke - Swim 100m
Survival Backstroke - Swim 50m
Sidestroke - Swim 50m
Butterfly - Swim 25m
Swim 300m (4 strokes)

81Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes and shoes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
Float 4min with aid. Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, float for 2min, swim 50m).
82Non-contact Tow Rescue person 15m from safety in deep water.
Initiative in assessment rescue and after care.
83Hazards, Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies.

Stage 15 - Bronze Star

Skill #Outcome
84Escape techniques.
85Team search in deep water.
86Freestyle - Swim 200m
Breaststroke - Swim 100m
Backstroke - Swim 100m
Survival Backstroke - Swim 100m
Sidestroke - Swim 100m
Butterfly - Swim 25m
Swim 300m (4 strokes)
87Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes and shoes (50m freestyle, 50m survival). Float 4min without aid. Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, group huddle for 2min, swim 50m).
88Contact Tow Rescue person 25m from safety in deep water (Initiative in assessment rescue and after care).
89Hazards, Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies.
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