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Swimsafer Test Criteria

Stage 1

 

Sequence 1A (w/o googles)

·       Enter the water with slide-in entry 

·       Swim on the back 5m (alternating arms and legs or simultaneous arms and legs) 

·       Submerge head in water, open eyes, blow bubbles and identify object on pool floor 

·       Perform a front float for 5 seconds and recover 

·       Then perform a back float for 5 seconds and recover 

·       Swim 10m on the front (alternating arms and legs or simultaneous arms and legs) 

·       Signal distress and call for help 

·       Grasp a float and float for 10 seconds 

·       Then move (with the float) to the pool’s edge and 

·       Exit safely from pool 

 

 

Sequence 1B (w/o googles)

Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt

 

·       Correctly fit a PFD, jump into water

·       Float for 30 Seconds, and then climb out of the water

Stage 2

 

Swim:

·       Swim 25m (alternating arms and legs or simultaneous arms and legs)

·       Swim on the back 15m (alternating arms and legs or simultaneous arms and legs)

 

Sequence 2A (w/o googles)

 

·       Enter the water with step-in entry 

·       Front float for 10 sec, 

·       Swim 5m on front, rollover 

·       Perform back float for 10 sec 

·       Swim 5m on back, 

·       Scull, float or tread water for 30sec 

·       Recover an object (in chest deep water) 

·       Resurface and exit safely from pool 

 

Sequence 2B (w/o googles)

Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt

 

·       Swim 15m using any survival stroke and exit safely from water 

·       Correctly fit a PFD and jump into the water (at least 1.4m deep), 

·       Swim 25m with PFD and climb out of the water 

Stage 3

 

Swim:

·       50m Continuously (25m front crawl and 25m back stroke)

 

Sequence 3A (w/o googles)

 

·       Enter the water with stride/straddle entry (in deep water) 

·       Swim 25m survival backstroke then, 25m breaststroke 

·       Scull head-first on the back for 5m and recover 

·       Scull, float or tread for 50 sec 

·       Swim through hoops on pool bottom for 2m 

·       Resurface and exit safely from pool 

 

Sequence 3B (w/o googles)

Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt

 

·       Swim 25m using survival backstroke or survival breaststroke to a PFD (face clear of water) 

·       Correctly fit a PFD in water, swim 50m with PFD, then climb out of the water 

Stage 4 (Bronze)

 

Swim 100m (4 strokes) continuously: 

·       25m front crawl 

·       25m backstroke 

·       25m breaststroke 

·       25m survival backstroke 

 

Sequence 4A (w/o googles)

 

·       Enter the water using a compact jump (in deep water), resurface, perform a forward somersault 

·       Tread water for 2 min 

·       In 1.4m deep water, perform feet-first surface dive, 

·       Swim through hoops on pool bottom for 2m, 

·       Resurface and exit safely from pool 

 

Sequence 4B (w/o googles)

Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt

 

·       3 min swimming slowly using survival backstroke, sidestroke and survival breaststroke changing every 15m 

·       Wave and call for help (rescuer to throw floatation aid) 

·       Swim to a flotation aid and kick to pool’s edge, then climb out of water 

Stage 5 (Silver)

 

Swim (use crouching dive entry for FR, BR): 

·       50m front crawl (within 1:30 min) 

·       50m breaststroke (within 1:50 min) 

·       50m backstroke (within 1:40 min) 

·       25m sidestroke 

·       25m survival backstroke 

·       Dolphin kick 10m on front 

 

Sequence 5A (w/o googles)

Dressed in swimwear, long pants and t-shirt

 

·       Enter deep water using a straddle jump 

·       Perform a backward somersault 

·       Submerge using feet first surface dive, 

·       Swim through hoops on pool bottom for 3m and resurface 

·       Swim 45m quickly using front crawl 

·       Wave and call for help (rescuer to throw PFD) 

·       Retrieve a PFD in water and fit it while treading water 

·       Demonstrate Heat Escape Lessening Posture (H.E.L.P.) technique for 30 sec 

·       Then swim 25m with PFD and climb out of the water 

Stage 6 (Gold)

Swim (use standing dive for FR, BR): 

·       100m front crawl (within 3:00 min) 

·       100m breaststroke (within 4:00 min) 

·       100 m backstroke (within 3:20 min) 

·       50m survival backstroke 

·       50m sidestroke 

·       15m butterfly 

 

 

Sequence 6A (w/o googles)

Dressed in swimwear, long pants and t-shirt

 

·       Enter deep water using a compact jump 

·       Perform a head-first surface dive to a depth of at least 1.8m (and perform ear equalisation, if necessary) 

·       Swim through hoops on pool 

·       bottom for 5m and resurface 

·       Swim 45m quickly using front crawl 

·       Then, swim slowly for a further 50m using any preferred survival swim stroke 

·       Then, remove pants in deep water and make a float with it while treading water within 5 min 

·       Demonstrate Heat Escape Lessening Posture (H.E.L.P.) technique with the self-made float for 1 min 

Then swim 25m with the self-made float and climb out of the water