Swimming Certificates

was an initiative by the National Water Safety Water Safety Council in collaboration with SportsSG (formerly known as Singapore Sports Council) in 2010. The programme was reviewed in 2016-2017 and a refreshed version of SwimSafer was developed.

The objective of the SwimSafer™ 2.0 programme teaches people of all ages and varying abilities to swim and be safe in, on and around the water. This programme emphasises skill development in conjunction with water safety and personal water survival education.

Swimming and water safety skills are taught in a logical progression through six stages. Students will be taught basic skills and introduced to the swimming pool and its environment in Stage 1. As they progress through the stages, students will build on their basic skills and refine their movement in water. by the end of Stage 6, students would have acquired the prerequisite skills for entrance into other aquatic activites such as competitive swimming, sailing, kayaking and lifesaving courses.

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SwimSafer™ 2.0 programme progressive six-stages

Stage 1 : Introduction to Water Skills
The objective is develop confidence and independence in the water, learn general and deep-end water safety. Techniques taught include the forward and backward movement, safe entry and exit and personal water safety.
Stage 2 : Fundamental Water Skills
General skill development including unassisted step entry into water, sculling, feet first surface dives, personal water safety skills as well as water safety in aquatic environments. One of the goals is to achieve 25 metres of continuous swimming.
Stage 3 : Personal & Stroke Development Skills
Entry skills such as the stride jump will be taught. Skills include sculling, underwater skills and putting on a personal flotation device (PFD) whilst in water and swimming with it. One of the goals is to achieve 50 metres of continuous swimming.
Bronze : Personal Survival & Stroke Improvement Skills
Development of student’s stroke techniques is a focus here, along with coordinated breathing in deep water. This stage sees the introduction of throw rescues and more personal survival skills. One of the goals is to achieve 100 metres of a variety of strokes.
Silver : Intermediate Personal Survival & Stroke Refinement Skills
Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of personal survival knowledge will continue with a situational context of swimming quickly away from a sinking boat. Students will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques by swimming a variety of strokes over 200 metres within a given time frame.
Gold : Advance Personal Survival & Swimming Skill Proficiency
Students will be required to perform a variety of strokes with efficiency over 400 metres within a given time frame for each stroke. Personal survival skills like making use of clothing to make a personal floatation device and swimming with them, putting on a life jacket in water and demonstrating the Heat Escape Lessening Posture technique will be taught.