Water Safety and Awareness

The water safety and awareness skill set is pivotal to the entire Water Skills for Life initiative. This skill set should be included across all other skills and revisited regularly throughout Years 1 – 8. 

Skills

  • Recognise an emergency for yourself or others. Know who to call for help and how
  • Know, understand, and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks for closed environments such as pools
  • Know, understand, and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks for natural environments such as beaches, rivers, offshore, and lakes
  • Know, understand, and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks for water activities such as swimming, water sports, and boating
  • Know how and why to make safe decisions for yourself and others
  • Know how to recognise hypothermia and know how to treat it

Requirements

Students should:

  • Know when and how to ask for help
  • Recognise a call for help and determine who to ask for help
  • Tell people of their plans
  • Know when to stay out of the water
  • Take part in water activities only under adult supervision and never swim alone
  • Play safely without hindering others
  • Listen to lifeguards
  • Swim between the flags
  • Understand and develop strategies to manage peer pressure
  • Understand personal limitations and abilities in a range of water environments
  • Know how to read advisory signs
  • Know how to assess the environment where they plan the activity
  • Know dangers around the home like pools or buckets full of liquid, and to empty them when not in use
  • Know dangers around farms such as troughs, ponds, and irrigation
  • Know to check with locals about environments and conditions
  • Know to check the weather and tides
  • Understand the dynamics of waves, currents and rips
  • Know to check and take suitable equipment
  • Know to wear appropriate clothing / gear for the activity

These skills can be taught both in the classroom and in the water. 


Top tip

Plan a field trip to the beach or river and examine waves, rips, currents and signage.

 

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