MOE Swimsafer Programme

MOE Swimsafer Programme
Group of children preparing for the swimsafer program during the school holiday at clementi.

About MOE Swimsafer Program

MOE Swimsafer Programme is a 6 stages of swimming program held in singapore. Most of the primary 3, primary 6 or even secondary one pupils will be required to take part in this program as part of the school curriculum. Stage 1,2,3 are meant to built the foundation of swimming while stage 4,5,6 are more toward swim proficiency and learning the more advance stroke. Read more about Swimsafer Stages here.

The large part of year 2020 was affected by Covid-19, and so the MOE swimsafer programme was suspended in most school. Then moving into year 2021, the swimsafer program was again interrupted when the government was protecting the community when Covid-19 spike. The MOE Swimsafer program with some unfinished swimming program came to a halt and did not resume during that year.

New Update on MOE Swimsafer Program 2022.

At the start of Term 3 (After June holiday 2022), most of the primary school swimsafer program will resume. Their swim lessons will either start from 8:15am and end at 9:45am and the next batch will start 10am and end 11:30am. In some school, their swimming lessons will start 12:30pm and end either at 1:30pm or 2pm, and some even start at 2pm and end 3:30pm. However, vendor has difficulty finding coaches that teach from 2pm to 3:30pm onward because most of the coaches have their own private swimming lessons elsewhere and the timing often clashes with their time. So they could not able to make time to teach MOE Swimming Lessons after 2pm onward.

Frequently Asked Question on MOE Swimsafer 2.0 Program

Drowning symptons

On the average, the learn to swim program can range between SGD 20 to 40 (Per lesson) for a group class setting depending on the number of pax in a group with a duration of 45mins.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Slide in Entry

Slide in Entry: One of the feet first entry approach and is ideal and safe approach for entering the water safely.

Estimated Cost: 30 SGD


  • Swimming Pool and swimming kickboard.


  • Goggle, water, swimming cap, swimming aid

Materials: Water, silicone cap, High density foam material for kickboard, plastic clip for backfloat buckle belt.

Can I opt my child out of the school swimsafer program?

Some school allow student to opt out if they are already having their private swimming lessons outside of school. Some school will insist students to join the MOE Swimsafer Program even if they have swimming lessons outside. It all depend. You can check with the school.

Is swimming necessary for primary school students?

National Water Safety Council (NWSC), comprises members from the people, private and public sectors. Prior to the SwimSafer Program, the NWSC had collaborated with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Sports Council (SSC) to introduce the Learn-To-Swim Programme for primary school students. NWSC, building upon the foundation laid by the Taskforce, has set itself the following tasks:

Promote a water safety culture among all Singaporeans.
Initiate and co-ordinate public education efforts on water safety in swimming pools and open waters.
Increase children’s participation in water survival and swimming programmes through various platforms.
Work with relevant government agencies to promote and encourage designs of aquatic facilities that enhance water safety.
Embark on further research on issues related to the prevention of drowning.
Establish national water safety standards.
As such, it is necessary for your child to join the swimming program.

Can my child be exempted from the school swimming programme if he/she already possesses Swimsafer Stage 1 or 2 certification?

Children with Swimsafer Stage 1 or 2 should continue to learn and move on to higher stage in order to acquire the necessary swimming and survival skills. Even for student with stage 4 (Bronze), they should be encourage to take part to attain Stage 5 (Silver) for example. You have to remember that in every swimsafer stage, there is a skills that has to be taught in progression. Stage 1 and 2 is just the foundation stroke that teaches you only the basic fundermental of swimming. There are still more skills to learn.

Do I need to pay for my child MOE swimming program?

No, you need not have to pay if your child is in the MOE Swimsafer Programme. They tab funding from their edusave,

My child attain swimsafer stage 4, why he was downgraded to stage 3 during his MOE swimsafer 2.0 program?

It could have been the different environment or some skills he has forgotten. But it is a good learning process.

What is the condition to obtain the Swimsafer Certificate?

They have to pass the practical test and the online theory test in order to obtain the Swimsafer Certificate. The Swimsafer Theory Test has to be done online at the Swimsafer Portal website here. Please remember to select the correct stage before doing the quiz.

After my child pass his swimsafer stage 1 after the school swim program is over, how can he continue to learn to swim ?

You can register with us and we will find you a coach. SMS 91375141 to enquiry. Alternatively he can join our 4- 6 days swimsafer certification program during the holiday. Find out more here.

Does your school provide swimsafer program the same one he does in school swimming program?

Yes they are doing the same swimsafer syllabus as what he did in school swimming program.

How long usually does it take for swimsafer stage 1 to swimsafer stage 6?

The progression will usually take up to less than 2.5 years to complete the whole Swimsafer Module.

What is the most difficult in swimsafer stage 5 (Silver) and Stage 6 (Gold)

Swim timing is required for Freestyle, Backstroke and Breaststroke. For gold, they need to remove their long pant and make a float while treading water. These are perhaps the most useful and difficult.

What are the weakest strokes that you seen among the kids swimming lesson?

Backstroke were so far their weakest.

My child has just got his bronze certificate from the MOE Swimsafer Program. Can he join your holiday swimming program to attain his next level of Silver?

Do you conduct swimsafer test?

Yes we do. We conduct swimsafer test at Clementi Swimming Complex. Book your swimsafer test.

What is next after swimsafer stage 6 (Gold)?

Your child can either go for life saving skills or enroll into competitive swim training for Singapore Swimming Proficiency Awards (SSPA). There are also instance where children could just be doing swimming for leisure as a form of healthy lifestyle. Swimming regularly can promote good cardiovascular benefits and body posture. Most of the children do well in maths, science, art and music when they do swimming regularly. Studies has shown.

What if my child failed his swimsafer test with the school? What should I do?

You can enrol swimming lessons with us. We will train your child to be swimsafer certified. Sign up here.

Is it necessary to have at least swimsafer stage 4 bronze?

We would encourage your child to complete all the stages until Gold. Most secondary school has outdoor water sports activities that may require at least stage 4 as the basic entry requirement. Outdoor water sports could be activity such as dragon boating, wind surfing, sailing, boating, canoeing etc.

Where can I find the model answers for swimsafer quiz?

Swimsafer Quiz Answers

FREE DOWNLOAD 10 pages of Model Answers (All levels)

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My child attended his school MOE swimsafer program. When will he be tested for swimsafer?

If your child is attending his swimsafer program in school, he should have about 8 or 10 or 12 sessions of swimming lessons depending on the duration of the swimming lesson. The swimsafer test will be conducted on his last day of school swimsafer swimming lesson.

How will I know if my child pass his school swimsafer program ?

You can check his activesg account. Not sure how to check? Follow the diagram here.
How to check your Swimsafer E certificateAbove are the steps to check your E certificate.

What if I cannot find my child swimsafer E certificate after the test?

This could means 3 things. Either he failed the swimsafer test or he did not do his swimsafer quiz. Wrong Date of Birth, or didnt pass the practical test. Check with the teacher in charge with your school.

Should I continue my child with the swimsafer program after his schoool swimsafer program is over?

Yes you should. You can enrol your child with us. We provide both private and group swimming lessons. Sign up here.

My child did not have any swimsafer certificate but he can swim already. Which stage will he be going?

Can you submerge your head in water?

What are the benefits of Parent Volunteering with your child’s School Swimming Program?

There are tons of benefits being a parent volunteering in your child’s school swimming activity. You might be interested to get your child enrolled in their swimming lessons after their school swim program are over? Or you might see some potential that your child could excel well in this sport and wanted him to excel further? This is the chance for you to expose to all the coaches out there teaching the swimsafer program. Your chance to observe, decide, and see which coach you would like to have for your child. By doing Parent volunteering in your child activities in their sport or cca, you can also track your child in their sports performance and how they could manage or whether they are interested in their sport.

Our Swimming Program

‘Aqzog provide various swimming program beside swimsafer.

  • Adult Learn to Swim Program
  • Toddler Swim program
  • Special Needs Swim program
  • Adult with back problem Swim Program (Different from adult swim program)
  • Ladies Class Swim Program
  • And many more.