Swim & Survive

We recognise every child is different, and swimming lessons should be flexible in their delivery so that every child has the opportunity to improve and acquire skills at their own pace.

Our smaller class numbers allow children to learn and practice more skills in every class, making the learning experience as effective as possible.

Nine stages are offered in the Swim and Survive program:

  • Stages 1 to 3 have a maximum class size of four (30 minute lesson)
  • Stage 4 has a maximum class size of five (30 minute lesson)
  • Stages 5 and 6 have a maximum class size of 6 (30 minute lesson)
  • Stages 7 to 9 have a maximum class size of eight (45 minute lesson)

Swim and Survive stages are offered each weekday between 3.45pm and 5.45pm, and Saturday morning between 8am and 12pm.

Stage 1 - Beginners (leisure pool)

  • Put face in the water and blow bubbles
  • Submerge underwater, glide forward and recover
  • Float or glide backwards and recover
  • Personal survival sequence

Stage 2 - Water Discovery (leisure pool)

  • Glide forward and straight leg kick 3 metres
  • Glide backward kick 5 metres and recover
  • 5 metres freestyle with face submerged

Stage 3 - Preliminary (leisure pool)

  • 10 metres freestyle with regular breathing
  • Glide back and kick 5 metres with horizontal body position
  • Breaststroke leg action for 5 metres onbackwith feet turned out

Stage 4 - Water Awareness (outdoor pool, shallow end)

  • 15 metres freestyle with regular breathing
  • 10 metres backstroke
  • 10 metres survival backstroke
  • Swim in deep water
  • Personal survival sequence

Stage 5 - Water Sense (outdoor pool)

  • 25 metres freestyle
  • 15 metres backstroke
  • 15 metres survival backstroke
  • 15 metres basic breaststroke

Stage 6 - Junior (outdoor pool)

  • 50 metres freestyle
  • 25 metres backstroke
  • 25 metres survival backstroke
  • 25 metres breaststroke correct technique

Stage 7 - Intermediate (outdoor pool)

  • Swim 150 metres correct technique consisting of 25 metres backstroke, 50 metres breaststroke, 50 metres freestyle and 25 metres survival backstroke
  • Egg beaterkick
  • Water safety sequence

Stage 8 - Water Wise (outdoor pool)

  • Swim 200 metres correct technique consisting of 50 metres backstroke, 50 metres breaststroke, 50 metres freestyle, 25 metres sidestroke and 25 metres dolphin kick
  • Water safety sequence

Stage 9 - Senior (outdoor pool)

  • Swim 300 metres correct technique consisting of 100 metres freestyle, 50 metres backstroke, 50 metres survival backstroke, 50 metres breaststroke and 50 metres sidestroke
  • 10 metres butterfly
  • Tumble turns
  • Basic principles of resuscitation and non-contact rescues

 

By completion of Stage 9 students will have mastered freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly kick and be ready for the Swim Squad program.

For more on the Swim and Survive program visit the Royal Life Saving WA website.

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