SwimSafer Gold Award

Intermediate Personal Survival & Stroke Refinement Skills

Children will be required to perform strokes with greater ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over 400 metres. Rescue skills and water safety knowledge will focus on lifesaving readiness. Standing dive and personal safety skills will continue to be taught.


Entries & ExitsDemonstrate a standing dive.
Sculling & Body Orientation Scull, float or tread water for 5 minutes (incorporated in Survival and Activity Skills)
Underwater Skills 1. In 1.8 metres deep water, perform head-first surface dive (tuck or pike) and perform ear equalisation, if necessary
2. Swim through hoops on pool bottom for 5 metres
Movement/Swimming/Strokes Swim:
- 100 metres front crawl (3 minutes)
- 100 metres breaststroke (4 minutes)
- 100 metres backstroke (3 minute 20 seconds)
- 50 metres survival backstroke
- 50 metres sidestroke
- 15 metres butterfly stroke
Survival & Activity skills Dressed in swimwear, t-shirt and long pants, perform the following sequence:
- Enter deep water using compact jump
- Perform a head-first surface dive to a depth of 1.8 metres, perform ear equalisation, if necessary
- Swim for 5 metres underwater through hoops and resurface
- Swim for 45 metres quickly using front crawl
- Then swim slowly for a further 50 metres using any preferred survival swim stroke
- Remove pants in deep water and make a float with it while treading water for 5 minutes
- Demonstrate heat escape lessening posture (HELP) technique with the self-made float for 1 minute
- Swim for 25 metres with the self-made float and climb out of the water
Rescue Skills Using a suitable buoyant aid, tow (non- contact) rescue of a person 10 metres from safety.
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