The table above is the actual test activities to be conducted during the assessment for Swimsafer Stage 4 (Bronze). (Updated for Year 2023)
MOE Assessor Checklist Swimsafer Stage 4 Bronze
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Obtaining Swimsafer Stage 4 (Bronze). Is it enough?
SwimSafer Stage 4 is the 4th highest level of the 6th in the SwimSafer program in Singapore, and it represents a significant accomplishment in water safety and swimming proficiency. At this stage, participants will learn advanced swimming and rescue techniques, as well as how to respond to more complex water-related emergencies.
While SwimSafer Stage 4 is a considerable achievement and provides an excellent foundation of water safety skills, it may not be enough on its own as the swim proficiency at this stage is just a 25m swim for each of the 4 strokes namely Freestyle (Front crawl), Breaststroke, Backstroke and surivial back. Participants should continue to practice and refine their skills over time to maintain their proficiency and continue to develop new skills to gain more speed and swim distance.
Therefore, while SwimSafer Stage 4 is a significant accomplishment, it’s important to recognize that there is always room for improvement and growth in water safety skills. Participants should continue to pursue opportunities to learn and practice their skills over time to ensure they can stay safe in and around the water.
Swim 100m continuously (in this order):
- 25m Front-Crawl
- 25m Backstroke
- 25m Breaststroke
- 25m Survival Backstroke
Survival Sequence Swimsafer Bronze A (w/o goggles)
- Enter the water using compact jump (in deep water), resurface, then perform a forward somersault
- Scull, float or tread water for 2 minutes
- In at least 1.4m deep water, perform feet-first surface dive
- Swim through hoops on pool bottom for 2m
- Resurface and exit pool safely
Survival Sequence Swimsafer Bronze B (without goggles)
Dressed in swimwear, shorts, t-shirt and demonstrate:
- 3 min slow swimming using survival backstroke, side stroke, survival breaststroke, for every 15m. Being able to demostrate Survival strokes is to ensure you can swim without feeling tired.
- Wave for help (rescuer to throw flotation aid) to show you are confident in the water and be able to know what to do and how to response during the emergency.
- Swim to a flotation aid and kick to pool’s edge, then climb up to exit the pool.
What is next after Swimsafer Stage 4?
Student who completed swimsafer stage 4 will be able to progressively move to learn the tasks for stage 5. More information on Stage 4 here.
Swimsafer Quiz Answers
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Swimsafer Stage 4 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.
Learning outcome for Swimsafer Stage 4 / Swimsafer Bronze
- Able to swim at least 4 strokes namely Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Survival Back.
- Knowledge of Survival Breaststroke should be know by now and able to do so.- can be taught in stage 3.
- Able to do a forward somersault with ease
- Able to tread water for more than 3 min.
- Able to swim at least 100m without feeling any fatigue setting in.
- Able to swim without goggle and without fear or panic. Always at ease.
2 Most Challenges in Swimsafer Stage 4 (Bronze)
Apart from the four swimming strokes, the feet-first surface dive and forward somersault can be particularly challenging for swimmers in Swimsafer Stage 4 (Bronze). These skills require a combination of physical coordination, breath control, orientation, and confidence in the water.
Feet-first surface dive: One of the main challenges with the feet-first surface dive is mastering buoyancy control. As swimmers descend into the water with their feet leading the way, they need to control their breathing, body position, and movements to control their depth. This requires maintaining a streamlined position, exhaling slowly, and avoiding sudden movements that may cause them to ascend or descend too quickly. Proper equalization of pressure in the ears and sinuses is also important to prevent discomfort or pain.
Swimmers may also struggle with the confidence to descend into deeper water. Overcoming any fear of depths or being submerged can be a challenge for some swimmers, and it may take time and practice to build the necessary confidence to execute the feet-first surface dive correctly.
Forward somersault: The forward somersault can be challenging due to the coordination required to execute the somersault while moving forward in the water. Swimmers need to synchronize their body movements, including tucking the head, rolling the body, and kicking, in order to complete the somersault smoothly. Maintaining orientation and awareness of direction can also be difficult, as swimmers may lose their sense of direction or become disoriented underwater.
Another challenge is breath control. Swimmers need to properly manage their breath before and after the somersault, while coordinating their movements. This can require practice and focus to maintain proper breath control while performing the somersault.
To overcome these challenges, swimmers should practice regularly under the guidance of trained instructors. Building coordination, body awareness, and breath control through drills and exercises can help improve the execution of the feet-first surface dive and forward somersault. Gradual exposure to deeper water and somersaults can help build confidence. It is important for swimmers to follow proper technique and safety guidelines, and to practice in a supervised environment to ensure their progress and safety in the water.
Swimsafer Stage 4 swim lesson plan
Swimsafer Stage 4/ Swimsafer Bronze- Frequently Asked Questions
Is there swim timing for Swimsafer Stage 4?
No, there is no swim timing for swimsafer stage 4. At this stage, the swimmer will be required to learn at least 5 strokes namely free, back, breaststroke, survival backstroke and survival breaststroke. For the waterskills, they need to be able to do a forward sommersault.
What are the challenges activities for swimsfer stage 4?
A forward somersault in swimming, also known as a front somersault or a front flip, is a skill where a swimmer performs a complete rotation forward in the water. It involves tucking the body into a compact shape and executing a rolling motion to complete the rotation. This skill is commonly seen in synchronized swimming, artistic swimming, and diving disciplines, where it adds an element of grace, athleticism, and artistry to performances.
Here is a general breakdown of the technique for performing a forward somersault in swimming:
Approach: Swimmers typically approach the somersault by swimming towards a specific location in the water, usually from a stationary position or while performing a specific movement or routine.
Preparation: As the swimmer approaches the somersault, they initiate the tuck position by bending their knees and bringing them towards the chest, while simultaneously bringing their arms close to their body.
Tuck and Rotation: With a strong push from the legs and a coordinated motion, the swimmer tucks their body tightly into a ball shape, utilizing core strength and muscle control. As the tuck position is initiated, the swimmer starts to rotate forward, allowing the body to roll over in the water.
Completion and Extension: After completing a full rotation, the swimmer extends their body and prepares for the next movement or transition. This may involve entering into another synchronized movement, transitioning into a different swimming stroke, or preparing for further acrobatic maneuvers.
It’s important to note that performing a forward somersault in swimming requires proper technique, strength, and control. Swimmers should practice under the guidance of a qualified instructor or coach, especially when attempting more advanced variations or incorporating somersaults into routines. Safety precautions, such as adequate water depth and appropriate supervision, should always be taken when attempting acrobatic maneuvers in the water.
Overall, a forward somersault in swimming adds an exciting and dynamic element to swimming performances, showcasing the swimmer’s agility, coordination, and artistic expression in the water.
What can my child do if he/she fail the swimsafer stage 4 test in their MOE swimsafer program?
If your child fails the SwimSafer Stage 4 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 4 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 4, 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 4 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 4 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.
What are the swim distance for Swimsafer Stage 4 (Bronze)?
25 meter each on Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Survival Back.
Unsure which stage your child can do? Try our Swimsafer Stage Checker here.
Where can I find more information about Swimsafer Syllabus?
You can get more information here.
Which stage will my child learn to tread water?
From stage 2 onward. By stage 4, they need to be able to tread water for at least 2 minutes.
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 4 that has the highest failure rate?
Backstroke, forward sommersault and treading water.
Where do I sign up for weekly class?
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