Introducing 'Water Skills for Life’

To follow is an outline of each of the seven skill sets (consisting of 21 in-water skills and six water safety awareness related skills) and supporting information, plus some hints and tips especially around the assessment process. 

The skills do not need to be taught in any particular order and one lesson can cover the development of more than one skill. Some skills may take many lessons to achieve fully, but it is expected that a student will have achieved all of the skills by age thirteen (the end of year eight).

For every group of skills, the overarching focus is on water safety and awareness. The expectation is that students are learning to assess risk, apply critical thinking and make sensible and safe decisions around water.

The skills should be practiced and repeated throughout primary school and tackled in a variety of ways – as part of aquatic activities or sports, with and without goggles, wearing clothes, in situ or simulated environments, in shallow and deep water, and in cold water.

Download the teachers' wall chart of skills, as well as the teacher's guide.

The children's Skills Chart can be downloaded here. This chart enables children to follow their progress with teachers ticking off or stamping each achieved skill set. When completed this chart becomes the final certificate.

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Skill Sets