Swimsafer Stage 1

Assessor Checklist for Swimsafer Stage 1

The table above is the actual test to be conducted during the assessment for Swimsafer Stage 1. (Updated for Year 2023). Please note that in Stage 1, learner can wear goggle to do all the activities.

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If you are able to do this 6 task, you have 70% passing rate in swimsafer stage 1.

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This is the First step toward swimsafer program out of the 6 stages. Learner will learn about water safety and pool rules and regulation, and be familiar with the pool environment and pool depth. Learner are encourage to go for a pool tour on their first day of lesson to ensure they have a better understanding for their well being and water safety. Water Safety has to be embedded in our mind and take care of one another, watch out for one another so as to provide a fun learning environment. Noticed also that in swimsafer stage 1, they empathize on Slide in- Feet First Entry and Exit, Water Safety, Pool Rules, Class Rule, Buoyancy, Basic coordination, breathe control to prepare them for aquatic readiness.

Slide in Entry Method
One of Feet First Entry is Slide in Entry.

Swimsafer 2.0 Stage 1 Skills Assessment

Sequence 1A: (with or without goggles)

  • Slide-in entry method

Slide in entry is a Feet First Entry and is safe for a beginner to enter a shallow water safely. Slide in entry is use for unknown depth or muddy bottom, where swimmer use the feet to check for pool depth in a controlled manner.

  • 5 meter swimming on the back (Supine) and able to Stand Up (Recover)

In this exercise, care must be taken to ensure water does not get into their nose. Teach the learner to expel water thru the nose if it ever get into the nose. While doing the back (supine) float, the water will inevtiably enter into your ear. Let the water out of your ear by tilting your head of the affected ear to one side and started jumping, using gravity force to make the water flow out of your ear. In some cases if they water does not come off, it will naturally flow out during your sleeping time.

Ensure they are doing the correct kicking method for either Flutter or Breaststroke kick action. Choose either one.

  • Submerge the head in water with open eyes, blow bubbles, and identify object in the pool

Open eye without goggle is a big challenge to most learner and can built their water confidence over time. It can be painful to the eye at first, but the pain will gradually disappear if you repeat for the next few lessons.

  1. Perform a front float (Prone) for 5 sec and Stand Up (Recover)

Streamline body position is required to achieve good base for swimming. This step is very important to swimming. This step is still use by many advance swimmer todate.

  • Perform back float (Supine) for 5 sec and Stand Up (Recover)

In this exercise, care must be taken to ensure water does not get into their nose. Teach the learner to expel water thru the nose if it ever get into the nose. While doing the back (supine) float, the water will inevtiably enter into your ear. Let the water out of your ear by tilting your head of the affected ear to one side and started jumping, using gravity force to make the water flow out of your ear. In some cases if they water does not come off, it will naturally flow out during your sleeping time. Precaution Note: Make sure they know how to recover back and standing on 2 feet after attempting to do backfloat on their own.

  • Swim 10m on the front using any stroke.

Can swim either Freestyle (Front crawl) or Breaststroke without standing for the entire 10m. Need not be a perfect stroke for beginner level but at least show that you can gasp air while swimming.

  • Signal distress and call for help

To make sure you know how to get attention from other when you need help in the water.

  • Grasp float and float for 10 sec

Rescuer will throw you a kickboard. You must be able to grasp the float and hold it for 10sec without showing panic and seemingly relax in the water.

  • Move to pool’s edge (with float)

Perform a flutterkick or breaststroke kick with the board to pool edge or ladder.

  • Exit using ladder/climb out from pool edge

Show how you can exit out of the pool on your own without assist.

Sequence 1B: (w/o goggles)
Dress in swimwear, t-shirt and short:

  • Wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and jump into water
  • Float for 30 seconds
  • Climb out of water safely

Expectation for Swimsafer Stage 1

  • Getting used wet face
  • Able to submerge head and perform bubbling
  • Good posture of balancing with a kickboard and kicking
  • Able to wear a life jacket and jump in deep water without panic.

In this Swimsafer Stage 1, the student master the following

  • Bubbling technique
  • Front Float
  • Back Float
  • Able to swim 10m using Freestyle or Breaststroke (Need not be perfect) so long you do not stand for the entire 10m
  • Able to shout for help when needed.
  • Can do a throw rescue with a board.
  • Not afraid of deep pool when having a life jacket.

Swimsafer Stage Checker

Unsure which stage your child can go? We make it easy for you. Do the swimsafer stage checker and know the results within a short time.

Can you submerge your head in water?

Swimsafer Quiz Answers

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Swimsafer Stage 1 Certificate

Successful participant will receive an E Certificate of Swimsafer Stage 1 upon passing of the Swimsafer Practical Test.

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Swimsafer-2.0-Stage-1-Swimming-Certificate

Swimsafer Theory Test Portal

SwimSafer participants are required to complete the SwimSafer Quiz and achieve 80% to pass the test with unlimited attempts.

Register here for the test. Do the practical test first. Only then your child will be able to do the Swimsafer quiz from the portal.

The E-Certificate can only be generated upon passing both the Swimsafer Practical Test and Swimsafer Theory Test. Please do the Theory Test only after the Swimsafer Practical test is completed.

Learning Outcome (Swimsafer 2.0Stage 1)

  • Student will be able to submerge head in water
  • Understand & Perform the right bubbling technique with confident
  • Open eye in water without goggle
  • Able to do prone and supine float with recovery (Stand up)
  • Understand the functions of limbs and propulsion movement in Swimming
  • Know about water safety rules and regulations.
  • Understand the importance of wearing a life jacket when doing any aquatic activities.
  • Able to identify and react to emergency, eg how to shout for help
  • Recognizing the lifeguards

Swimsafer Stage 1 swim lesson plan

Swimsafer stage 1 swim lesson plan comprises of a 12 lesson plan which are in progression for learn to swim.
Swimsafer Stage 1 swim lesson plan in singapore
Activities/ Exercise (At Shallow Pool)Teaching Points for Swimsafer Stage 1OrganisationDuration
Pool FamiliarizationKnow the House Rules, Pool Hygiene, Do & DontAll together5 mins
Entry/Exit poolProper Pool Entry and Exit safelyOne by One10 min
Head Submerging with demoBubbling- Inhale, Hold, Exhale- Nose/MouthAll together8 mins
Basic FloatingFloating (Prone/Supine)One by One12 mins
Seated Kick Action (Freestyle)Relax, Toe in, move from hip, splash at toeAll together5 mins
Stand- Float- StandAble to recover from floating with/wo assistOne by One5 Mins
A typical example of a lesson plan on the child’s first day of lesson.

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FAQ for Swimsafer Stage 1

Yes. We have dealt with water phobia person and helped them overcome the fear. It is best that you started the swimming lessons with him as soon as possible. Do not have the mindset that the water phobia in him will soon disappear as he grow up. This is not true. Many water phobia person that left untreat will be worse when they are older. Much more fearful of water than before due to frequent flashback of bad water experience. So start them as soon as possible.

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As soon as your child can start walking, running. Usually age of 1 year to 1.5 year. They will learn water confidence, floating, submersion, simple propulsion and assist support to crawl out of pool. We will be writing an article about toddler swimming and their motor skills development and their characteristic as soon the link is out. Check us again.

Yes I do.

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Click here to do the theory. Good luck and all the best. You may attempt as many time as you want. The passing mark is 80% out of 100%.

Is a a swimming certificate that is recognised by most MOE school swimming program.

You can join our weekly swimsafer classes or join our holiday swim program in june and dec for the swimsafer certification. It will be issued to you once you have clear both the practical and the theory test.

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