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Water safety and survival skills

  • This group requires floaties for overall water safety in the pool. Each student will have 3 mins to 5 mins of no floatation with one on one water safety work. This may be entering and exiting the pool, jumping or sliding in. Swimming a short distance unaided or with an aid so student knows the feeling of being unaided in the water.
  • Lesson commences with floaties on all students for warm up.
  • Depending on the child’s level, will depend on the amount of floaties worn and the air in the floaties.
  • The aim of this group is to increase confidence and water safety and awareness of the individual’s ability in and around water.

Survival skills to focus on

  • Kicking: straight legs holding the front of the kickboard
  • Breath control: bubble and breathing, holding the back of the kickboard
  • Underwater work: working on underwater confidence...Working to a level that they can swim through a ring underwater
  • Floating: on the back
  • Entries in the water and being able to turn around and swim back. Sliding or jumping.
  • Head up and head down action of dog-paddling with floatation or minimum floatation.

Awareness

  • Making the swimmer aware that when getting tired where to swim to.
  • Heading to an obstacle that aids his/her safety. For example, swim towards the platform, a kick board, the edge of the pool or the lane rope.
  • Not always trying to swim to the instructor.
  • Simulate conditions where the swimmer may be out of his/her comfort zone.
  • Swimming without googles in part of the lesson.
  • Swimming with an item of clothing on.

Water safety and survival skills

  • This group requires no floaties for overall water safety in the pool. Each student will have 3 min to 5 mins with one on one water safety work. This may be entering and exiting the pool, jumping or sliding in. Swimming a short distance unaided so student knows the feeling of being unaided in the water. Lesson commences with on all students kicking on a board for warm up. The aim of this group is to increase confidence and water safety and awareness of the individual’s ability in and around water.

Survival skills to focus on

  • Kicking: straight legs holding the front of the kickboard
  • Breath control: bubble and breathing, holding the back of the kickboard.
  • Underwater work: working on underwater confidence...Working to a level that they can swim through a ring underwater.
  • Floating on the back
  • Treading water skills: learning the eggbeater kick
  • Entries in the water and being able to turn around and swim back. Sliding or jumping.
  • Head up and head down action of dog-paddling without floatation.
  • Aim to swim 12.5 metres dog paddling with a back float when called upon.

Awareness

  • Making the swimmer aware that when getting tired where to swim too
  • Heading to an obstacle that aids his/her safety.
  • For example, swim towards the platform, a kick board, the edge of the pool or the lane rope.
  • Not always trying to swim to the instructor.
  • Simulate conditions where the swimmer where the swimmer may be out of his/her comfort zone.
  • Swimming without googles in part of the lesson.
  • Swimming with an item of clothing on.
  • Learning to pass or throw object to a fellow student stimulating a rescue aid.

Water safety and survival skills

  • This group requires no floaties for overall water safety in the pool. Each student will have 3 min to 5mins with one on one water safety work. Safety jumps: Tuck or stepping. Swimming short distance dog-paddle, or other survival strokes (sidestroke, survival backstroke, survival freestyle) so student knows the feeling of being unaided in the water over a distance. Treading water: Practicing eggbeater kick. The aim in this group is to work towards swimming 25 metres of survival swimming unaided with 1min of treading water with a safety jump in and ‘climbing ‘exist of the water. Lesson commences with on all students freestyle kicking on a board for warm up. The swim and survive aim of this group is to increase confidence and water safety and awareness of the individual’s ability in and around water.

Survival Skills to focus on

  • Kicking: straight legs holding the front of the kickboard
  • Breath control: bubble and breathing, holding the back of the kickboard
  • Underwater work: working on underwater confidence. Working to a level that they can swim through a ring underwater. Swimming under a floatation mat
  • Diving for a submerged object
  • Floating on the back
  • Introduction of front sculling
  • Treading water skills: learning the eggbeater kick
  • Entries in the water and being able to turn around and swim back. Sliding or jumping.
  • Head up and head down action of dog-paddling
  • Side breathing in freestyle
  • Introduction of freestyle arms and the stroke of freestyle
  • Breathing arm/bubble arm.
  • Backstroke kick, backstroke arms
  • Survival strokes (side, back and front strokes)
  • Breaststroke kick
  • Diving-sitting, crouching, standing

Awareness

  • Making the swimmer aware that when getting tired where to swim too
  • Heading to an obstacle that aids his/her safety. For example, swim towards the platform, a kick board, the edge of the pool or the lane rope.
  • Simulate conditions where the swimmer where the swimmer may be out of his/her comfort zone.
  • Swimming without googles in part of the lesson.
  • Swimming with an item of clothing on.
  • Learning to pass or throw object to a fellow student stimulating a rescue aid (for example, a rope rescue)

Water safety and survival skills

  • This group requires no floaties for overall water safety in the pool. All students working on the following during the term. Safety jumps-Tuck or stepping. Swimming at least 50m dog-paddle, or other survival strokes (sidestroke, survival backstroke, survival freestyle) so student knows the feeling of being unaided in the water over a distance. Treading water: practicing eggbeater kick. The aim in this group is to work towards swimming 50 metres of survival swimming unaided with 2min of treading water with a safety jump in and ‘climbing ‘exist of the water. Lesson commences with on all students freestyle kicking on a board for warm up. The swim and survive aim of this group is to increase the time and distance of the following skills to aid confidence and water safety and awareness of the individual’s ability in and around water.

Survival Skills to focus on

  • Kicking: straight legs holding the front of the kickboard
  • Breath control: bubble and breathing, holding the back of the kickboard.
  • Underwater work: working on underwater confidence. Working to a level that they can swim through a ring underwater. Swimming under a floatation mat.
  • Diving for a submerged object
  • Floating on the back
  • Introduction of front sculling
  • Treading water skills: learning the eggbeater kick
  • Entries in the water and being able to turn around and swim back. Sliding or jumping.
  • Head up and head down action of dog-paddling
  • Side breathing in freestyle
  • Introduction of freestyle arms and the stroke of freestyle
  • Breathing arm/bubble arm
  • Backstroke kick, backstroke arms
  • Survival strokes (side, back and front strokes)
  • Breaststroke kick and arms
  • Diving: standing dive to a submerged object

Awareness

  • Making the swimmer aware that when getting tired what techniques can be used to conserve a swimmer’s energy
  • Learning that using a survival technique will avoid panic
  • For example, swim towards a floatation aid, signalling for help. Using sidestroke or any survival stroke and /or treading water
  • Simulate conditions where the swimmer where the swimmer may be out of his/her comfort zone
  • Swimming without googles in part of the lesson
  • Swimming with an item of clothing on
  • Learning to pass or throw object to a fellow student stimulating a rescue aid. For example, a rope rescue
  • Identifying when someone is in trouble
  • What to do when someone needs help
  • Gaining confidence in uncontrollable water environments (the beach, rivers ,lakes, flood areas)

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