The Combination of NASSA and Learn-To-Swim Programme

SwimSafer Programme

SwimSafer is a brand new programme introduced by National Water Safety Council. The program, which was introduced from July 2010 with support from the Singapore Sports Council, is a programme that works to teach children how to swim properly and life saving skill at the same time. The programme works to help children learn how to swim and how to be safe in the water. This is a six-stages programme that works with a process that encourages kids to have fun and to learn at a pace that is right for them.

The SwimSafer programme is a combination of the National Survival Swimming Award and Learn-To-Swim Programme.


Here’s a look at the six stages that are featured in this programme:

Swimming Lessons For KidsSwimSafer Stage 1: An Introduction to Water Skills
This part works to teach children how to become more confidence and how to become independent in the water. This is used as a means of making it easier for a child to feel more comfortable. A child can also learn about general water safety, how to enter and exit a pool and how to move back and forth in the water.
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SwimSafer Stage 2: Fundamental Water Skills
This part of the process involves learning how to handle surface dives, sculling, water safety and awareness in the water. This also involves learning how to get into the water without any assistance. The programme encourages kids to learn how to swim twenty-five metres.
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SwimSafer Stage 3: Personal Water Survival and Stroke Developmental Skills
Children will learn about how to survive in the water and how to handle different rescue skills. Sculling, underwater swimming and learning how to use a floatation device will be covered here. The goal of this part of the programme is to get a child to be able to swim fifty metres.
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SwimSafer Bronze: Personal Water Survival and Stroke Improvement Skills
This is where the programme gets to be more advanced. At this point the child will learn how to work with stroking movements and coordinated breathing. Kids will be encouraged to get as far as a hundred metres in swimming. Kids will also learn how to handle watercraft in safe ways while continuing to work on rescue and survival skills.
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SwimSafer Silver: Intermediate Personal Water Survival and Stroke Refinement Skills
Diving is introduced at this point. Advanced survival and rescue skills are also taught here. Advanced swimming strokes will also be taught at this point in the programme.
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SwimSafer Gold: Advanced Personal Water Survival and Swimming Skills Proficiency
This is the last part of the progress. A student will need to be able to perform one’s skills over the course of four hundred metres. Standing dive and survival skills will be taught along with advanced lifesaving processes. Water safety is also taught at this point.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How is this programme different from the NASSA and Learn-To-Swim programme?
The SwimSafer programme works with six stages and is more progressive in its nature. It also puts an emphasis on lifesaving skills.
How will the transition of current students in the NASSA programme to the SwimSafer programme work?
The instructor will determine what parts of the SwimSafer programme NASSA students should be going into. This is used to help see that the programme is going to continue in the right direction.
This program works with a greater emphasis on survival. How is this going to impact one's ability to learn how to swim in a competitive environment?
All students will be taught the main swimming skills. The main goal of this programme is to make one’s water education well rounded. In fact, a child who learns more safety skills will be able to feel more comfortable in the water and become more likely to do better in competitive swimming.