SwimSafer Silver Award

Intermediate Personal Survival & Stroke Refinement Skills

Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of rescue skills and personal survival knowledge will also continue at more advanced levels. Children will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques to complete stage 5.


Entries & ExitsDemonstrate a dive entry (crouching).
Sculling & Body Orientation 1. Demonstrate a backward somersault in the water
2. Scull, float or tread water whilst putting on a PFD in water (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 3 metres
Movement/Swimming/Strokes Swim:
- 50 metres front crawl (1 minute 30 seconds)
- 50 metres breaststroke (1 minute 50 seconds)
- 50 metres backstroke (1 minute 40 seconds)
- 25 metres survival backstroke
- 25 metres sidestroke
- Dolphin kick for 10 metres on front
Survival & Activity skills Dressed in swimwear, t-shirt and long pants, demonstrate the following as a continuous sequence:
- Enter deep water using a straddle jump
- Perform a backward somersault
- Submerge feet-first surface dive
- Swim underwater for 3 metres through hoops and resurface
- Swim 45 metres quickly using front crawl
- Wave and call for help
- Retrieve a PFD in water and fit it while treading water
- Demonstrate heat escape lessening posture (HELP) technique
- Swim for 25 metres with PFD and climb out of the water
Rescue Skills Throw a PFD to a partner 3 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