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Swimsafer FAQ

The SwimSafer™ 2.0 programme aims to teach swimming proficiency and water survival skills to children to minimize drowning incidences in a fun manner.

The six-stage programme includes survival and activity skills taught each stage of the programme, and work progressively towards the next stage.

At the end of each stage, each child will receive a stage completion e-certificate.

Swimming is a life skills. Every child will have to go for swimming lessons during their time in primary school. Most MOE School are using Swimsafer Syllabus for your children.  So if your child is having swimming lessons and could swim already, this certificate can prove to the school that he can take the next level of swimsafer test.  Example if your child has stage 2 swimsafer certificate, he can do the stage 3 swimsafer in their school swimming lessons. 

The objective is develop confidence and independence in the water, learn general and deep-end water safety. Techniques taught include the forward and backward movement, safe entry and exit and personal water safety.

 
 
 General skill development including unassisted step entry into water, sculling, feet first surface dives, personal water safety skills as well as water safety in aquatic environments. One of the goals is to achieve 25 metres of continuous swimming.
 

 
 
Entry skills such as the stride jump will be taught. Skills include sculling, underwater skills and putting on a personal flotation device (PFD) whilst in water and swimming with it. One of the goals is to achieve 50 metres of continuous swimming. 
 

 
 
Development of student’s stroke techniques is a focus here, along with coordinated breathing in deep water. This stage sees the introduction of throw rescues and more personal survival skills. One of the goals is to achieve 100 metres of a variety of strokes. 
 

 
 
Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of personal survival knowledge will continue with a situational context of swimming quickly away from a sinking boat. Students will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques by swimming a variety of strokes over 200 metres within a given time frame. 
 

 
 
Students will be required to perform a variety of strokes with efficiency over 400 metres within a given time frame for each stroke. Personal survival skills like making use of clothing to make a personal floatation device and swimming with them, putting on a life jacket in water and demonstrating the Heat Escape Lessening Posture technique will be taught. Student may proceed to Singapore Swimming Proficiency Awards in the next phase. 

You can enrol your child with our weekly swimming class. We are focusing on swimsafer syllabus and will get them for test once they are ready. 

It all depend on the individual performance as not all perform at the same pace. On average, a 16 to 20 lessons is good enough for stage 1 from new beginner. But as the level get higher and higher, cos of more technique and strokes involve, it would take abit more time. But it all still depend. 

Swimsafer stage 1, your child will be taught the entry of the pool and exit out from the ladder. They will also be taught to understand the water safety and the pool rules to ensure they train in a safe environment and at the same the time, understand their role as a students and the do and donts. To satisfy the criteria of swimsafer stage 1, student need to demonstrate a basic prone and supine float of 5 sec each, ability to swim 10m without support on the front (Any stroke), open eye in water to pick object without fear and the ability to jump into a deep pool with the PFD on and stay afloat to ensure they do not panic and remain calm. That will be the satifying condition for swimsafer stage 1. The new update for swimsafer Stage 1 allows learner to wear goggle in all activities state in stage 1. 

Swimsafer Stage 5 (Sliver) has swim timing for 50m on all the 3 strokes namely Freestyle (1min 30 sec), Backstroke (1 min 40 sec) and Breaststroke (1 min 50 sec).  We will train the child on their weak strokes to balance up.

With consistent attendance and training focus, your child should be able to meet the required swimming time.

Swimming has to be fun, relaxing, enjoyable and engaging. More importantly, it has to be safe. 

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SSPA FAQ

SSPA stand for Singapore Swimming Proficiency Awards, a project initiated by Singapore Swimming Association.

Objectives

  • To provide progression for swimming after SwimSafer
  • To raise the level of swimming proficiency of students and the general public
  • To increase the level of technical expertise among our swimming coaches
  • To provide a talent pool for the next generation of Singapore competitive swimmers

Yes we provide training for SSPA. There were some students already in the SSPA training while they were doing their swimsafer Bronze. Early exposure to such training will be a good opportunity for the student in a long run. 

Previously,  SSPA test is held at Singapore Sport School, Jurong West, Toa Payoh every quarterly. Some MOE School organise the SSPA test as soon as most students already attained swimsafer Gold. You can read more about the detail here on the future SSPA test date.   Try here. 

Your child will enjoy the experience of swimming competitively on starts, turns and finishes, and to know more about the stroke technique to swim efficiently. In some cases, the good one usually try to break their PBs to qualify for Time Trial at early stage.

Time Trial is an event organised by Singapore Swimming Association. This event is held once or twice a year. The purpose of the time trial is to gage where your child is placed in the national standard. Some would want to pursue for Singapore National Age Group, some would just want to know where they stand in this event and how good they are. This is an opportunity to feel how swimming competition is like.

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