Active

Active is the Swimming and Water Safety component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 5 - 14 years. This component of Swim and Survive has been around for over 30 years, with almost 15 million Australians gaining a Swim and Survive award since its inception. 

Active is used to emphasise that the skills learnt in the program not only save lives, but provide a foundation for participation in a range of aquatic recreation, fitness and sporting activities. 

Swim and Survive Active is a broad and balanced program teaching a range of skills and knowledge to develop swimming, water safety, survival and basic rescue skills. With a vibrant look, and an increased focus on stroke development, Active encourages children to have a healthy respect for the aquatic environment. 

Active has 3 developing awards and 7 core awards to progress through. The initial awards focus on development of foundation skills with the higher awards building on endurance. 

Strands

Swim and Survive Active is a swimming and personal aquatic survival program that is aligned to the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework and develops skills across the following areas: 

Entries and Exits Skills teach children to determine the safest entry and exit method for a range of aquatic environments. 

Floating and Sculling Skills enable children to gain mobility in the aquatic environment and are vital skills for developing swimming and survival skills. 

Movement and Swimming Strokes develops efficient and effective stroke technique and the ability to adapt the strokes to suit the conditions of the environment. Fitness and endurance increases through the progression of levels. 

Survival and PFD Skills includes the teaching of survival techniques and strategies for a range of emergency situations, including the use of personal flotation devices. 

Underwater Skills assist in building vital confidence in the water. Relaxation and good breath control are developed to increase swimming endurance. 

Rescue Skills equip children with the required skills to perform a range of rescues depending on the emergency situation, the environment and prevailing conditions. 

Water Safety Knowledge develops an understanding of a range of swimming and water safety issues that underpins safety in and around the water.

Active Award D1

   

Developing Water Discovery

To achieve this award your child must be able to.
 

1. Enter and exit the water safely and confidently. May be assisted.

2. Front float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.

3. Back float holding a buoyant aid and recover to a secure position.

4. Blow bubbles in water with the face fully submerged.

5. Front glide and kick for 3 metres with instructor assistance.

6. Back glide and kick for 3 metres with instructor assistance.

7. Experience balancing using a range of flotation aids in waist deep water.

8. With assistance submerge in waist deep water, open eyes and blow bubbles.


WATER SAFETY TIPS
 
#1 Safe Entry: Enter the water slowly and carefully in case the water is too deep. 

#2 Go Together: When playing in and around water, an adult should always be with you.

Active Award 1

   

Water Discovery


To achieve this award your child must be able to.
 

1. Enter and exit the water safely and confidently.

2. Front float and recover to a secure position.

3. Back float and recover to a secure position.

4. Blow bubbles in water with face fully submerged and turn head to side, repeat action.

5. Front glide and kick for 3 metres unassisted (torpedo).

6. Back kick using kickboard for 5 metres.

7. Swim for a distance of 3 metres using an underwater arm action while kicking.

8. Float with a flotation aid for 30 seconds.

9. Submerge in waist depth water, open eyes and blow bubbles.

10. Demonstrate lock hands, lock head and steer up position in water.

11. Be pulled to safety by grasping a rescue aid.

12. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#3 Listen to Lifeguards: Lifeguards help to keep everyone safe. Listen to their safety rules to enjoy the water. 

#4 Call for Help: If you or someone else is in trouble, remain calm and immediately shout out "HELP!"

Active Award D2

   

Developing Water Awareness

To achieve this award your child must be able to.

1. Perform a slide in entry and exit the water using the edge. May be assisted.

2. Move from a back float to a front float and to a back float again.

3. Demonstrate treading water arm sculling action while standing.

4. Demonstrate breathing to the side in a horizontal position, repeat action (kickboard optional).

5. Swim 5 metres freestyle with no coordinated breathing.

6. Swim 5 metres backstroke with ears in the water.

7. Move through the water for 30 seconds while holding a flotation aid and kick to safety.

8. Swim through a submerged obstacle.


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#5 Stay Afloat and Wave: If you are in trouble in the water, float on your back, remain calm and wave your arm to attract attention. 

#6 Be Sunsmart: Wear a hat and sunscreen when in the water and avoid long periods in the sun.

Active Award 2

   

Water Awareness

To achieve this award your child must be able to.

 

1. Perform a slide in entry and exit using the edge.

2. Float on the front and back in deep water with instructor assistance.

3. Demonstrate treading water arm sculling action, supporting the body in an upright position.

4. Demonstrate treading water leg action using flotation aid for support.

5. Swim 10 metres freestyle with basic side breathing.

6. Swim 10 metres backstroke with correct body position.

7. Demonstrate 5 metres survival backstroke kick.

8. Demonstrate breaststroke kick on the side of the pool.

9. Demonstrate the following continuous sequence: 
    a) Survival sculling for 30 seconds 
    b) Floating for 1 minute, holding a flotation aid and then kick to safety.

10. Submerge and recover an object from water of chest depth.

11. Demonstrate a sitting dive (may be assisted).

12. Be pulled through the water with a rope for 5 metres to safety.

13. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#7 Obey the Rules: Always read and obey the rules when going swimming. Rules keep you safe and let u have fun. 

#8 Be Aware: Be aware of slippery surfaces as it is easy to accidentally fall into the water.

Active Award D3

   

Developing Water Sense

To achieve this award your child must be able to.
 

1. Perform a slide in entry in deep water and exit from deep water.

2. Float on the front and back in deep water without instructor assistance.

3. Scull head first on the back.

4. Swim 15 metres freestyle with coordinated side breathing.

5. Swim 15 metres backstroke with continuous arm action.

6. Swim 10 metres survival backstroke with under water arm recovery.

7. Demonstrate 5 metres breaststroke kick.

8. Tread water in a vertical position keeping head above water for 30 seconds.

9. Surface dive and recover an object from water of chest depth.


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#9 Reach to Rescue: Lie down and reach out with a branch or pole to rescue. Never enter the water. 

#10 Look Before you Leap: Think before you enter the water and never jump or dive into shallow water.

Active Award 3

   

Water Sense

To achieve this award your child must be able to.

 

1. Perform a step in entry.

2. Scull head first on the back in a streamlined body position.

3. Swim 25 metres freestyle using correct technique.

4. Swim 25 metres backstroke using correct technique.

5. Swim 15 metres survival backstroke using correct technique.

6. Demonstrate 10 metres breaststroke kick (symmetrical action).

7. Demonstrate the following continuous sequence: 
    a) Survival sculling or treading water for 1 minute 
    b) Swim for 1 minute, holding a flotation aid.

8. Surface dive, swim underwater and recover an object from water of chest depth.

9. Demonstrate a kneeling dive.

10. Using a rigid aid pull a partner to safety.

11. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment. 

Extension:
Demonstrate introductory dolphin kick for a distance of 5 metres.


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#11 Pool Rules: Don't push people into the pool or fool around near the water. 

#12 Keep Fit: Swimming is a healthy, fun activity for everyone and is an excellent form of exercise.

Active Award 4

   

Water Wise

To achieve this award your child must be able to.
 

1. Safely perform a compact jump and exit from deep water.

2. Demonstrate feet first sculling on the back.

3. Demonstrate rotation of the tucked body, keeping the face above the surface of the water.

4. Swim 50 metres freestyle with correct technique.

5. Swim 50 metres backstroke with correct technique.

6. Swim 25 metres survival backstroke with correct technique.

7. Swim 15 metres breaststroke with correct technique.

8. Demonstrate 10 metres sidestroke with scissor kick.

9. Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt, demonstrate the following sequence: 
    a) Sculling, floating or treading water for 2 minutes 
    b) Swim slowly for 3 minutes, changing survival strokes after each minute.

10. Float for 1 minute using an open-ended flotation aid.

11. Surface dive, swim underwater and recover an object from water depth equivalent to the candidate's height.

12. Demonstrate a crouch dive.

13. Throw a rescue flotation aid to a partner at 5 metres distance and instruct the partner to kick to the edge.

14. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment. 

Extension:
Demonstrate introductory butterfly arm action for a distance of 5 metres.


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#13 Get Wet & Wise: Learn the Aquacode - Go Together, Stay Afloat and Wave, Reach to Rescue. 

#14 Water Safety Rules: Building survival and lifesaving skills are just as important as being a strong swimmer.

Active Award 5

   

Junior Swim and Survive

To achieve this award your child must be able to.


1. Safely perform a fall in entry and exit from deep water.

2. Demonstrate a forward somersault in the water.

3. Demonstrate the eggbeater kick. Arms or a kickboard may be used for support.

4. Swim 100 metres continuously using correct stroke techniques: 
    a) 25 metres freestyle 
    b) 25 metres survival backstroke or sidestroke 
    c) 25 metres backstroke and 
    d) 25 metres breaststroke.

5. Dressed in swimwear, long pants and long- sleeved shirt, perform the following continuous sequence: 
    a) Survival sculling, floating or treading water for 4 minutes 
    b) Perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater for a short distance 
    c) Swim slowly for 6 minutes using three survival strokes, changing strokes after each minute. Clothing may be removed.

6. Correctly fit a PFD, enter the water using a compact jump, float for 30 seconds and then climb out of deep water.

7. Demonstrate a shallow dive.

8. Perform a reach rescue using a rope, towel or item of clothing.

9. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment. 

Extension:
Swim butterfly for 10 metres demonstrating a recognisable stroke and attempt correct breathing technique. 


WATER SAFETY TIPS

#15 Throw a Float: Throw a flotation aid and reassure the person in trouble. Never enter the water. 

#16 Fish with a Friend: Always fish with a friend and never turn your back away from the ocean.

Active Award 6

   

Swim and Survive

To achieve this award your child must be able to.

 

1. Perform a stride entry.

2. Demonstrate a backward somersault in the water.

3. Demonstrate eggbeater kick with sculling.

4. Swim 200 metres continuously using correct stroke techniques: 
    a. 50 metres survival backstroke or sidestroke 
    b. 50 metres backstroke 
    c. 50 metres breaststroke and 
    d. 50 metres freestyle.

5. Dressed in swimwear, long pants, long-sleeved shirt and jumper, perform the following continuous sequence: 
    a. Enter deep water using a feet first entry 
    b. Submerge feet first, swim underwater on back looking up at the surface 
    c. Swim 50 metres quickly as if escaping from a dangerous situation and then swim 50 metres slowly 
    d. Float using a buoyant aid for 1 minute 
    e. Swim slowly demonstrating survival strokes for 6 minutes 
    f. Scull, float or tread water for 3 minutes waving for help intermittently. Remove clothing in deep water.

6. Correctly fit a PFD while treading water and then swim 25 metres using survival strokes. Climb out of the water.

7. Perform a throw rescue using an unweighted rope over a distance of 6 metres.

8. Answer questions on water safety and personal survival techniques. 

Extension:
Swim butterfly for 15 metres using an efficient stroke and correct breathing technique. 

WATER SAFETY TIPS

#17 Dive Safely: diving can be a tricky skill to master. Always check the water depth and make sure it’s clear before diving. 

#18 Be River Safe: Beware of strong currents. If caught in a river current, float feet first with the current.

Active Award 7

   

Senior Swim and Survive

To achieve this award your child must be able to.
 

1. Demonstrate an entry technique selected by the examiner.

2. Demonstrate an efficient eggbeater kick without use of arms.

3. Swim 300 metres continuously using correct techniques: 
    a. 100 metres freestyle 
    b. 50 metres backstroke 
    c. 50 metres breaststroke 
    d. 50 metres sidestroke and 
    e. 50 metres survival backstroke.

4. Dressed in swimwear, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, jumper, shoes and socks, perform the following continuous sequence: 
    a. Dive and swim a distance underwater to simulate an escape from a sinking boat surrounded by oil 
    b. Swim a further 40 metres freestyle as if escaping from a dangerous situation 
    c. Remove shoes while treading water and then swim slowly 50 metres breaststroke 
    d. Float, survival scull or tread water for 5 minutes and wave one arm occasionally as if signalling for help; reassure any nearby candidates by talking to them 
    e. Swim slowly for 200 metres using survival strokes, changing strokes every 50 metres 
    f. Remove clothing in deep water.

5. Fit a PFD correctly while treading water, swim 100 metres using survival strokes, demonstrate HELP technique and climb out of the water whilst wearing the PFD.

6. Perform a throw rescue using a weighted rope over a distance of 10 metres within a time limit of 1 minute.

7. Wade to a partner and pull them to safety using a towel or item of clothing as an aid.

8. Answer questions on water safety and personal survival techniques indicating a thorough knowledge of basic concepts. 

Extension:
Swim butterfly for 25 metres using an efficient stroke and correct breathing technique. 

WATER SAFETY TIPS

#19 Safe Boating: Always wear a lifejacket when boating and be well prepared before heading out. 

#20 Be Cool: Be cool but not a fool around water. Accidents happen when people ignore rules.

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