To check whether a student is competent in water safety, ask them to choose two sets of five of the 21 skills to perform in sequence.
Each set must include at least one of the three ‘starred’ skills
They should be able to perform the five skills in continuous sequence, preferably in open water.
A student would be assessed as having achieved Water Skills for Life when they can perform two sequences of their own choice.
Each set must show a different combination of skills and include at least one of the ‘starred’ skills (for example, treading water for at least three minutes or moving non-stop through the water for 50 metres or three minutes).
Children must demonstrate critical thinking skills so they need to choose the two sequences to perform themselves.
Develop a series of ‘scenario cards’ such as ‘a boat capsizes or someone is caught in a rip’, and let the students work out individually or in small groups which sequence of skills to use and demonstrate.