Swimsafer Stage 2

Assessor Checklist for Swimsafer Stage 2

The table above is the actual test to be conducted during the assessment for Swimsafer Stage 2. (Updated for Year 2023).

Obtaining Swimsafer Stage 2. Is it Enough?

SwimSafer Stage 2 is the second level of the SwimSafer program in Singapore. At this stage, participants will learn some advance swimming strokes and water survival skills, such as treading water and basic rescue techniques.

While SwimSafer Stage 2 is certainly an improvement over Stage 1 and provides a good foundation of water safety skills, it may not be enough on its own. Participants should aim to continue progressing through the higher stages of the program to develop their skills further.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that water safety is a lifelong skill. It’s essential to continue practicing and refining your skills over time to maintain your ability to swim safely and respond appropriately to water-related emergencies.

Therefore, while SwimSafer Stage 2 is a valuable accomplishment, participants should aim to continue their water safety education and training beyond this level.

MOE Assessor Checklist Swimsafer Stage 2 (Printable)

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SwimSafer Stage 2 is an important milestone for children who are learning to swim. This level builds upon the foundation laid in Stage 1, and helps children develop more advanced swimming skills while also emphasizing water safety.

One of the key goals of SwimSafer Stage 2 is to help children swim longer distances with greater ease and efficiency. This includes being able to swim 25 meters on their front crawl or breaststroke, as well as 15 meters on their back or in a supine position. In addition, children are taught survival sequences that involve being able to swim while fully clothed and wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). They also learn how to perform a feet-first surface dive and recover an object from the bottom of the pool.

Another important aspect of SwimSafer Stage 2 is teaching children how to tread water and float for extended periods of time. This includes practicing sculling techniques and learning how to keep their bodies still while floating on their front and back. These skills are essential for survival in the water, and can help children stay afloat in an emergency situation.

Finally, SwimSafer Stage 2 emphasizes the importance of water safety and responsible behavior around pools and other bodies of water. Children learn about the dangers of diving in shallow water, playing too close to the edge of the pool, and other hazards that can lead to accidents. They also learn how to recognize when someone is in trouble in the water, and how to respond appropriately to help them.

Overall, SwimSafer Stage 2 is an important stage in a child’s swimming development, and provides them with valuable skills and knowledge that can help keep them safe in and around the water. It is recommended that children continue to practice and refine these skills, and move on to Stage 3 once they have achieved mastery of Swimsafer Stage 2.

Stage 2 Swimsafer 2.0 Skills Assessment


  • Swim 25m on front crawl or breaststroke
  • Swim 15m on back/ Supine

Survival Sequence 2A (w/o goggles)

  • Step-in Entry
  • Front float for 10 sec keeping still
  • Swim 5m on front, rollover and continue. Purpose of this drills is to allow you to change position without assist.
  • Swim 5m on back
  • Back float for 10 sec
  • Scull, float and tread water for 30 sec. Hint: using breast stroke kick is easier to tread water.
  • In chest-deep water, perform feet-first surface dive and recovers an object. Hint: Open your eye in water without goggle.
  • Resurface and exit safely from water

Survival Sequence 2B (w/o goggles)

Dress in swimwear, t-shirt and shorts:

  • Swim 15m using any survival stroke
  • Swim to pool edge and climb out
  • Fit a PFD and jump into 1.4m deep water
  • Swim 25m with PFD and climb out of water

Swimsafer Quiz Answers

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Swimsafer Stage 2 Certificate

Successful applicant will receive an E Certificate of Swimsafer Stage 2 upon passing of the Swimsafer Practical Test and the Swimsafer 2.0 Quiz.


Swimsafer Theory Test Portal

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

Register your Swimsafer Test with us to do your Swimsafer 2.0 Quiz.

The E-Certificate can only be generated upon passing both the Swimsafer Practical Test and Swimsafer Theory Test.

What is next after Swimsafer Stage 2?

Student who completed swimsafer stage 2 will be able to progressively move to learn the tasks for stage 3. More information on Stage 3 here.

Learning outcome for Swimsafer 2.0 Stage 2

  • Master at least 2 strokes either Freestyle/ Backstroke or Breaststroke/ Survival Back
  • Able to open eye in water without goggle
  • Able to jump into deep pool without support and perform a back float
  • Able to swim back to wall from a distance without support.
  • About to pick up object in a 1m to 1.2m depth.
  • Good and improved bubbling technique

Swimsafer Stage 2 Swim Lesson Plan

Here we highlight one of the swim session on Swimsafer Stage 2 to give you an idea about doing it. This is just one of the suggested method to train your child/ student.

Swimsafer Stage 2 swim lesson plan will give you some idea about preparing a student to achieve stage 2 progressively. Need not be real time.
Swimsafer Stage 2 swim lesson plan in singapore
Activities/ ExerciseTeaching Points for Swimsafer Stage 2OrganisationDuration
Step in EntryFace pool during step in. Do not turn while step in else chin hit pool edge cause injury. Do with caution.One bye one10 mins
Kickboard kickingRelax, toe in, up down movement, feet together, move from hipsAll together8 min
2 in 1 Floating Prone- Supine- Prone- Supine with kickingAll together10 mins
Basic Water TreadingUsing easiest method to float for 10sec, 15 sec then 30 sec. Group to count sec, Play game sceneOne by One12 mins
Arm actionEntry, Pull, Push, Exit of arm actionAll together3 mins
Seated Sculling practiceMove arm around the water for 2 mins All together 2 Mins
Abstracted from one part of the swim lesson plan for swimsafer stage 2

Swimsafer Stage 2- Frequently Asked Questions

My child has water phobia. Can he still do swimsafer program?

Yes, it is possible for a child with a water phobia to learn how to swim. Overcoming a fear of water can be a gradual process that requires patience, understanding, and proper guidance. Here are a few steps you can take to help your child learn to swim despite their water phobia:
Seek professional guidance: Enroll your child in swimming lessons taught by experienced instructors who are skilled in working with children who have water phobias or anxieties. They can provide the necessary support and guidance tailored to your child’s needs.
Start with familiarization: Begin by gradually introducing your child to the water in a controlled and safe environment. Encourage them to dip their toes in the water, splash around, or play with toys in the shallow end. Familiarization can help reduce anxiety and build confidence.
Take it slowly: Allow your child to progress at their own pace. It’s important not to rush or force them into situations that make them uncomfortable. Gradually introduce them to deeper water, always maintaining a supportive and reassuring presence.
Use flotation devices: Provide your child with appropriate flotation devices, such as life jackets or arm floaties, to help them feel secure and confident in the water. These devices can provide an added sense of safety while they learn to swim.
Positive reinforcement: Encourage and praise your child’s efforts and progress, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement helps build confidence and creates a positive association with swimming.
Make it fun: Incorporate enjoyable activities and games into swimming sessions. Fun activities can help distract your child from their fears and make the learning process more enjoyable.
Be patient and supportive: Overcoming a water phobia takes time and patience. Offer your child plenty of emotional support, reassurance, and understanding throughout the learning process.
Remember, each child is unique, and it may take some time for your child to feel comfortable in the water. It’s crucial to respect their boundaries and never force them into situations that cause excessive distress. With patience, guidance, and professional support, your child can gradually overcome their water phobia and learn to swim.

What are the challenges activities for swimsfer stage 2?

Treading water and feet first surface dive. This really helps your child to gain water confident to another level progressively.

What can my child do if he/she fail the swimsafer stage 2 test in their MOE swimsafer program?

If your child fails the SwimSafer Stage 2 test in their MOE (Ministry of Education) SwimSafer program, there are a few options available:
Option #1– Retake the test: Your child can have another opportunity to retake the SwimSafer Stage 1 test after some additional practice and preparation (you can find one with your friend’s recommendation or any existing swimming classes that your child’s best friend is also learning swimming to join him).

Option #2– Talk to the instructor or the program coordinator to understand the specific requirements and expectations for the test. They can provide guidance on areas that need improvement and suggest strategies for success.

Option #3– Participate in remedial classes: The SwimSafer program may offer remedial classes or additional practice sessions for children who did not pass the test. These classes can provide focused attention and additional instruction to help your child strengthen their skills and improve their performance. CHeck with the MOE Teacher.

Option #4– Continue swimming lessons: If your child did not pass Stage 1, it might be beneficial to continue regular swimming lessons to further develop their swimming abilities. Consistent practice and instruction can help build confidence and improve skills over time. Your child can work on the specific areas they struggled with during the test and gradually progress to meet the Stage 1 requirements.

Option #5– Consider private lessons: If your child needs more individualized attention or has specific areas that require extra focus, you might consider private swimming lessons. A qualified swimming instructor can tailor the lessons to your child’s needs and work on the specific skills necessary and preparing them well for passing the SwimSafer Stage 1 test.

Option #6– Join our 6 days holiday swimsafer program. It is an exciting aquatic adventure that promises to enhance your child’s swimming skills and provide endless fun in the water. Whether you’re a beginner seeking to overcome your fear of water or an advanced swimmer aiming to refine your technique, this program offers a comprehensive and enjoyable experience for individuals of all ages and abilities. The enrolment is open in Aug-Sept for Dec Holiday swim program and Mar-April for June Holiday Swim Program. Read more here.

Remember that failing the test is not uncommon, and it does not mean that your child cannot succeed in learning to swim. It is essential to provide encouragement and support to help them overcome any setbacks and keep them motivated to continue their swimming journey.

Why do we need to learn to wear Life Jacket (Personnal Flotation Device) and jump into a clear deep pool?

Learning to wear a life jacket and jump into a deep pool is essential for several important reasons:
Water Safety: Wearing a life jacket is a crucial aspect of water safety, particularly in deep bodies of water. It provides buoyancy and helps keep individuals afloat, even if they are not confident swimmers. By learning how to properly wear and adjust a life jacket, individuals can ensure their safety and increase their chances of staying afloat in case of an emergency.
Emergency Situations: Accidents can happen even to the most experienced swimmers. If someone finds themselves unexpectedly in deep water without any flotation device, knowing how to wear a life jacket becomes a vital skill. By practicing wearing a life jacket and jumping into a deep pool, individuals become familiar with the sensation of being in deep water and learn how to rely on the life jacket for support and buoyancy.
Overcoming Fear: Jumping into a deep pool can be intimidating, especially for individuals who are not confident swimmers or who have a fear of deep water. By gradually exposing oneself to deeper water and practicing jumps with a life jacket on, individuals can build confidence and overcome their fear. This helps develop a sense of comfort and security, allowing them to enjoy aquatic activities without unnecessary anxiety.
Emergency Preparedness: In situations where someone falls into deep water unexpectedly, knowing how to react quickly and appropriately is crucial. By practicing jumps into deep water with a life jacket, individuals develop muscle memory and reflexes that can potentially save lives. They learn to stay calm, keep their head above water, and await assistance or swim to safety.
Practical Experience: Jumping into a deep pool while wearing a life jacket provides practical experience and familiarity with the sensations of being in deep water. It allows individuals to become accustomed to the weight and buoyancy of the life jacket, enabling them to adjust their movements and swimming technique accordingly. This hands-on experience enhances their understanding of their own capabilities and limitations in deep water.
By learning to wear a life jacket and jump into a deep pool, individuals acquire important water safety skills, gain confidence, overcome fears, and become better prepared to handle emergency situations. These skills can significantly contribute to their overall safety and enjoyment of aquatic activities.

Unsure which stage your child can do? Try our Swimsafer Stage Checker here.

Can you submerge your head in water?

Where can I find more information about Swimsafer Syllabus?

You can get more information here.

My child is still not comfortable of opening eye in water without goggle. Is it ok to let him use the goggle?

In Swimsafer Stage 1, they will be taught briefly to open eye without goggle. So for Swimsafer Stage 2, He/ She has to get use to open the eye in the water. Overtime if the activity is done briefly for 2-3 min to try opening the eye in the water without goggle, they will get use to it in just a matter of time. We will play games like pick colored object without goggle and making sure they pick the right color when requested.

Which stage will my child learn to tread water?

Stage 2 your child will learn to tread water briefly in less than 30 sec

What is the purpose of picking object without wearing goggle?

The purpose of picking up an object without wearing goggles is to simulate a real-life situation where someone may accidentally drop an object in the water and need to retrieve it without the aid of goggles or other visual assistance. This exercise serves several important purposes:
Adaptability: In real-life situations, it is not always possible to have goggles or any form of visual aid readily available. By practicing picking up objects without goggles, individuals learn to adapt and rely on their other senses, such as touch and spatial awareness, to locate and retrieve items underwater.
Emergency Situations: Accidents can happen unexpectedly, and individuals may find themselves in situations where they need to retrieve a dropped object or rescue someone without the luxury of goggles. By practicing this skill, individuals develop the ability to react quickly and efficiently, even in less-than-ideal circumstances.
Skill Development: Picking up objects without goggles challenges individuals to improve their tactile perception and hand-eye coordination. They learn to navigate the water with reduced visibility, enhancing their ability to locate and retrieve objects with precision.
Safety Awareness: Engaging in activities without goggles helps individuals become more aware of potential hazards or obstacles in the water. They become attuned to the importance of cautious movements and careful exploration, which can prevent accidents and injuries.
Confidence Building: By successfully picking up objects without goggles, individuals gain confidence in their swimming and retrieval abilities. This exercise allows them to develop a sense of self-reliance and resourcefulness, boosting their overall confidence in water-related activities.
It is worth noting that this exercise should be conducted in a controlled and supervised environment, particularly for individuals who are not experienced swimmers. Safety precautions should always be taken, and participants should be mindful of their limitations and comfort level in the water.
By practicing the skill of picking up objects without goggles, individuals enhance their adaptability, emergency response capabilities, and overall swimming proficiency, allowing them to be better prepared for real-life scenarios where visual aids may not be readily available.

Which are the component in Stage 2 that has the highest failure rate?

15m back swimming, 25m Front Swimming and Treading water 30 sec.

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