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Seals: Water safety and survival skills

  • As per the Snappers group (see Learn to Swim page), with extensions in each of the following:
    • Feet first entries, dives and stride entries
    • Swimming at least 50m with each survival stroke, ie sidestroke, breaststroke and survival backstroke
    • Treading water, sculling and eggbeater kick for 6 minutes.
  • The aim of this group is to extend survival stroke and treading water time in the water. This group will also be introduced to rescue aids in and around an aquatic environment.
    • Lesson commences with on all students freestyle kicking on a board for warm up.
    • Kicking in all four strokes, as well as eggbeater done in the deep end of the pool.
    • Underwater work: This will be done by diving down to search and retrieve objects, plus underwater on back swimming. The latter is to simulate capsizes and escapes.
    • Dives and safety jumps into deep water then swim quickly to escape potential danger.
    • 200m consisting of 50m of each survival stroke, plus 25m butterfly and freestyle, in clothing.
    • Using an item of clothing to tow a victim to side of pool, where rescuer is lying.
    • Using a kickboard to assist a weak swimmer, by throwing this to them and instructing them, whilst keeping them calm.

Dolphins and Marlins: Water safety and survival skills

  • As per the Seals group, with extensions in each of the following:
    • Feet first entries, deep and shallow dives and stride entries
    • Swimming at least 50m with each survival stroke, ie sidestroke, breaststroke and survival backstroke
    • Treading water, sculling and eggbeater kick for 6 minutes
  • The aim of this group is to extend survival stroke and treading water time in the water. This group will also be introduced to rescue aids in and around an aquatic environment.
  • Lesson commences with on all students doing vertical kicking, then on a board for warm up.
  • Kicking in all four strokes, as well as all vertical kicks done in the deep end of the pool.
    • Underwater work: This will be done by diving down to search and retrieve objects, at 12 1/2m, plus underwater on back, for 5m.  The latter is to simulate capsizes and escapes.
    • Dives and safety jumps into deep water then swim quickly to escape potential danger.
    • 200m consisting of 50m of each survival stroke, plus 25m butterfly and freestyle, in clothing and footwear
    • 100m of freestyle – 50m fast, 50m easy
    • Fit a PFD in water, swim 50m, then form the Huddle and HELP positions, with PFD on.
    • Remove PFD whilst in water.
    • Using an item of clothing to tow a victim to side of pool, where rescuer is laying
    • Using a kickboard to assist a weak swimmer, positioned in water at 12 1/2m, then by throwing this to them and instructing them, whilst keeping them calm
    • Also using an item of clothing, entering water, towing victim from 12½m to pool’s edge

Sharks and Stingrays: Water safety and survival skills

  • As per the Dolphins group, with extensions in each of the following:
    • Feet first entries, deep and shallow dives and stride entries
    • Swimming at least 100m with each survival stroke, ie sidestroke, breaststroke and survival backstroke
    • Treading water, sculling and eggbeater kick for 9 minutes
  • The aim of this group is to extend survival stroke and treading water time in the water. This group will also be introduced to rescue aids in and around an aquatic environment.
  • Lesson commences with on all students doing vertical kicking, then kicking, with no board, for warm up.
    • Kicking in all four strokes, as well as all vertical kicks done in the deep end of the pool.
    • Underwater work: This will be done by diving down to search and retrieve objects, at 12½m, plus underwater on back, for 8m. The latter is to simulate capsizes and escapes.
    • Search and rescue techniques: introduced via dive and check water, then come up, dive back and repeat, for 25m, as a group of 5 (in 5 lanes)
    • Dives: both shallow and deep, sliding into unknown depth water and safety jumps into deep water then swim quickly to escape potential danger.
    • 400m: consisting of 100m of each survival stroke, plus 50m butterfly and freestyle, in clothing and footwear.
    • 200m of freestyle – 100m fast, 100m easy.
    • Fit a PFD in water, swim 100m, then form the Huddle and HELP positions, with PFD on.
    • Remove PFD whilst in water.
    • Using an item of clothing to tow a victim to side of pool, where rescuer is lying.
    • Using a kickboard to assist a weak swimmer, positioned in water at 12 1/2m, then by throwing this to them gently and instructing them how to get back to the pool’s edge, whilst keeping them calm.
    • Also using an item of clothing, entering water, towing victim from 12 1/2m to pool’s edge, then supporting and simulating mouth to mouth, whilst others retrieve spinal board.
    • Discussion: on hyper and hypothermia and risks to swimmers.
    • Resuscitation: techniques by working through DRSABCD. Also using the Defib simulator and mannequin (Resusci Anne and baby)

For those swimmers wishing to compete, we recommend Tivoli Swim Club. This provides racing at a club level every Friday fortnight and also allows a swimmer to further his or her racing at a metropolitan, state or national level of competition, both in Summer and Winter.

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