SwimSafer Bronze Award

Personal Survival & Stroke Improvement Skills

Development of child’s stroke techniques is 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 survival skills.


Entries & ExitsEnter water using a compact jump.
Sculling & Body Orientation 1. Demonstrate a forward somersault in the water
2. Scull, float or tread water for 2 minutes (incorporated in Survival and Activity Skills)
Underwater Skills In at least 1.4 metres deep water, perform feet-first surface dive, swim through hoops on pool bottom for 2 metres
Movement/Swimming/Strokes 1. Swim 100 metres continuously
- 25 metres front crawl
- 25 metres backstroke
- 25 metres breaststroke
- 25 metres survival backstroke
Survival & Activity Skills 1. Scull, float or tread water for 2 minutes
2. Dressed in swimwear, t-shirt and shorts, demonstrate:
- 3 minutes swimming slowly using survival backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke, changing each minute
- Wave and call for help
- Retrieve a flotation aid thrown by a "rescuer" 2 metres away
- Kick to the side of the pool and exit
Rescue Skills Throw a flotation aid to a partner 2 metres away and instruct the partner to kick to the edge of the pool
Knowledge1. Rules of behaviour in, on or near the water
2. Water safety knowledge at a swimming pool
3. Water safety rules in various aquatic environments
4. Principles of personal safety and survival
5. Principles of water craft safety
6. Recognising an emergency
7. Principles when performing a rescue