Getting In and Out of the Water Safely


  • Get in and out of the water safely in any environment
  • Perform this sequence with a buddy watching: check the depth of the water, check that the area is safe, jump into deep water, float on back for 1 minute to control breathing, return to edge and exit


Students should:

  • Learn all forms of entry into and exit out of all types of aquatic environments, in situ and simulated
  • Be able to use a suitable technique to check for depth
    • Entries: slide entry, step entry, ladder entry, wade entry, compact jump entry, stride entry, fall-in entry
    • Exits: wading, steps/ladder, climb onto boat, climb up a bank, climb onto a board (such as surfboard or paddle board)

Some more information

Providing participants with age and stage appropriate opportunities to gain entry and exit experience in a range of environments and situations is key to successfully achieving this activity module. It is equally important that kids understand when to use a particular type of entry or exit.

A student has achieved this skill set when they can demonstrate six or more forms of entry and exit. Two types of entry or exit is not yet achieved.

Supporting video

Example skills were filmed in a 1m deep pool.
For more useful video links, see our multimedia page

Top Tip

Teach students to always check for hazards before undertaking any type of entry.


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