When a student can move 15 metres confidently as outlined in the first skill above, they would be assessed as achieved. If a student is still learning to move but has not yet reached the distance, they would be assessed as not yet achieved. A student can further develop their skills in this area by learning new strokes.
The second propulsion skill is about learning to move in a variety of different environments, such as real or simulated waves and currents and cold and deep water (appropriate to the child’s age). A student has achieved this skill when they have moved in three or more environments. If a student has been in just two environments, they would be assessed as not yet achieved.
For the 50m/three minute and 100m/five minute propulsion skills, a student would be awarded an achieved when they can reach the distance and/or timeframe using a confident single stroke or moving easily between strokes. Students who have achieved these skills could learn new strokes and attempt greater distances.
Please note that the 50m/3 minute and 100m/5 minute propulsion skills are ‘starred’ skills (at least one ‘starred’ skill must be included in the final testing of a student’s water skills competence).
Example skills were filmed in a 1m deep pool.
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To simulate river currents, place a hose in the water and put the tap on full.
Encourage students to try the skills on their backs; this keeps their faces out of the water. It is also a more energy efficient propulsion method.