YMCA Swimming & Water Safety Course

1. OCTOPUS
Water Familiarisation: Water over face, head & body; Movement through water; Move along the pool edge using hands
Buoyancy & Flotation: Independent back float with recovery; Independent front float with recovery
Body Position & Rotation: Independent rollover
Underwater Skills: Blow bubbles with face in the water; Independent submersion with bubbles
Entries & Exits: Jump entry & return to edge; Slide in entry; Safely exit the water; Seated push & glide
Stroke Development: Kick on front with aid 5m; Kick on back with aid 5m; Paddle & Kick 5m; Torpedo 3m; Introduction to freestyle arm action; Introduction to backstroke arm action; kicking on back unaided for 3m.
Water Safety: Treading water; Open water simulated experiences including clothes (T-shirt); Treading Water; Answer questions on water safety & personal survival; Grasp an object & be pulled to safety;
Fit a Life jacket & signal for help.

2. SARDINE
Underwater Skills: Recover an object from chest deep water; Duck dive
Entries & Exits: Jump entry into deep water & recover; Seated dive
Stroke Development: Kick on front with aid & side breathing 10m; Freestyle 5m; Backstroke 5m; Introductory whip kick (back front or seated)
Water Safety: Float, scull & treading water for 30 seconds & signal for help; Basic sculling; Mushroom float; Answer questions on water safety & personal survival; Enter & exit water wearing a life jacket;  
Throw a buoyant aid & direct a partner to safety; Open water simulated experiences including clothes swim (T-shirt & shorts).

3. SALMON
Underwater Skills: Swim around a submerged obstacle; Duck dive, swim for 3m underwater & recover an object
Entries & Exits: Step in entry & recover; kneeling dive; Compact Jump
Stroke Development: Freestyle 12m; Backstroke 12m; Survival backstroke kick with aid 5m; Breaststroke kick with aid 5m
Water Safety: Head first sculling; Float, scull & treading water for 1 min & signal for help; Open water simulated experiences including clothes swim (lightweight long sleeve top & pants); Answer questions on water safety & personal survival; Reach rescue; Wearing a life jacket be rescued.

4. TUNA
Underwater Skills: Perform a forward somersault
Entries & Exits: Stride entry; Crouch dive
Stroke Development: Freestyle 25m; Backstroke 25m; Survival backstroke 12m; Breaststroke kick with breathing 12m; Introductory; Breaststroke arms; Introductory dolphin kick
Water Safety: Feet first sculling; With clothes (Long sleeve top & shorts): Float, scull & treading water for 1min then remove clothes; Open water simulated experiences including clothed swim;
Wearing a life jacket perform the following sequence: step in entry into water, recover onto back, head first scull & survival backstroke for 12m; Answer questions on water safety & personal survival; Rope rescue.

5. DOLPHIN
Underwater Skills: Tumble turn; Under water swim on back
Entries & Exits: Shallow dive
Stroke Development: Freestyle 50m; Backstroke 50m; Breaststroke 25m; Introductory Butterfly arms; Dolphin kick 12m
Water Safety: With clothes (Long sleeve top & pants): Float, scull & treading water for 2 min then remove clothes; Open water simulated experiences including clothes swim; Wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) perform the following sequence: stride in entry, swim to a designated point & perform the HELP technique (Heat Escape Lessoning Position), survival backstroke to safety;
In water correctly fit a PFD; Enter & swim underwater on back to escape from danger above; Answer questions on water safety & personal survival; Survival backstroke 25m; Sidestroke for 12m.

6. SHARK
Underwater Skills: Feet first surface dive
Entries & Exits: Two safe entries in various simulated experiences
Stroke Development: Freestyle 100m; Backstroke 100m; Breaststroke 50m; Butterfly 15m; Using a combination of strokes 400m swim
Water Safety: With clothes (Long sleeve top & pants, shoes & socks): Float, scull & treading water for 5min then remove clothes & swim for 5 minutes using a combination of survival strokes & exit the water safely;
Wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) perform the following sequence: safely entre the water, perform a 200m swim using a variety of survival strokes, gather as a group & perform a huddle & signal for help,
remove PFD in water, tread water for 2 minutes & recover to safety; Answer questions on water safety & personal survival; Survival backstroke 50m; Side stroke 25m.