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Teachers: 'How To' Guide

 

With Water Skills for Life, we are …… description on what WSFL is trying to achieve…

As a first step, you should identify which levels each pupil in your class are currently sitting within. Use the guide below and then click through to find more information, games, activities and assessment tools for each individual level.

 

LEVEL ONE | BEGINNER

How to identify:

  • No previous swimming experience
  • May be afraid of the water
  • Does not like water on the face
  • Has no self-propulsion through the water
  • May not be co-operative within a class structure
  • Comfortable with their face in the water
  • Willing to co-operate within a class structure
  • Able to blow bubbles
  • Relaxed assisted front float
  • Perform sculling action whilst standing
  • Perform treading water on land
  • Demonstrate correct leg action for propulsion on land with buoyancy aid


Move the child to LEVEL TWO when they are:

  • Safe and confident with entry and exit into water
  • Comfortable with their face in the water
  • Willing to co-operate within a class structure
  • Able to blow bubbles
  • Relaxed with assisted front float
  • Performing sculling action whilst standing
  • Giving instructions for a non-rigid / rigid aid rescue
  • Performing treading water on land
  • Demonstrating correct leg action for propulsion on land and with buoyancy aid
  • Happy with their face in the water and are relaxed
  • Blow bubbles out both their nose and mouth
  • Independent front floating, with water over their ears and eyes and looking down
  • Doing long leg kicks with tapping toes, resulting in independent propulsion
  • Relaxed doing back float, aided or unaided
  • Able to enter and exit the pool in a correct and safe manner
  • Confident in sculling in tuck position
  • Able to grasp a rescue aid to be pulled to safety
  • Demonstrating locked hands, lock heads and steer up position in the water
  • Performing treading water with aid
  • Demonstrating correct arm action for propulsion on land
  • Performing dolphin kick underwater

 

LEVEL ONE | LESSON PLANS

 

LEVEL TWO | CONFIDENT

How to identify:

  • Happy with their face in the water and relaxed
  • Blows bubbles out both their nose and mouth
  • Independent floating on their front with their face in and a nice deep head position
  • Happy floating on their back, aided or unaided
  • Confident in sculling in a tuck position
  • Able to enter and exit the pool in a correct manner
  • Able to be pulled to safety by grasping a rescue aid
  • Can perform treading water with aid
  • Demonstrates correct arm action for propulsion on land
  • Performs dolphin kick underwater
  • Relaxed in the water
  • Long and stable back float
  • Long leg back kick
  • Can perform head first sculling
  • Demonstrates leg action for breaststroke and lifesaving backstroke on land and with swimming aid

 

Move the child to LEVEL THREE when they are:

  • Floating independently
  • Relaxed above and below the water
  • Able to do a long and stable back float
  • Performing head first sculling
  • Demonstrating leg action for breaststroke and life-saving backstroke on land and with a swimming aid
  • Very comfortable in the water - relaxed
  • Happy diving in and swimming underwater when diving for rings, underwater swimming and forward rolls
  • Performing feet first sculling
  • Demonstrating a sitting dive
  • Throwing a rescue floatation aid to a partner 5m distance and instructing the partner to kick to the edge

 

LEVEL TWO | LESSON PLANS

 

LEVEL THREE | INTERMEDIATE

How to identify:

  • Comfortable and relaxed in the water
  • Good  back kick and various arm strokes
  • Happy diving in and in all aspects of underwater work
  • Performs feet first sculling
  • Demonstrates a sitting dive
  • Throws a rescue floatation aid to a partner 5m distance and instructs the partner to kick to the edge

 

Move the child to LEVEL FOUR when they are:

  • Able to dive safely and execute a forward roll in the water
  • Able to perform sailboat (advanced sculling)
  • Able to tread water unassisted
  • Demonstrating crouch and standing dive
  • Dressed in clothes and can demonstrate the following sequence:
    • Fall into deep water and make way to the surface, remove their shoes whilst treading water for 3-minutes, then move slowly  for 100m to safety.

 

LEVEL THREE | LESSON PLANS

 

LEVEL 4 | WATER SKILLS FOR LIFE GRADUATE

Must be able to achieve:

  • Get in and out of the water safely in any environment
  • Get under water, open eyes and control breathing
  • Pick up an object from under the water
  • Float, then regain feet
  • Control breathing while floating on back for at least 1 minute
  • Horizontal rotation (front to back and back to front)
  • Scull head-first and/or scull feet first for at least 3 minutes
  • Float and signal for help with and without a flotation aid
  • Tread water for at least 3 minutes in deep water
  • Horizontal to vertical rotation and vice versa (front or back to upright and return)
  • Vertical rotation (half rotation and full rotation) around the body’s vertical axis
  • Do a reach rescue and a throw rescue with a buddy
  • Dive from a horizontal position in the water and move underwater for a slow count to five
  • Move 15m non-stop, using any form of propulsion 
  • Move through the water environments of all kinds (currents, waves, depth – in situ or simulated)
  • Move 50m and/or 3 minutes non-stop, confidently and competently – using any form of propulsion on their side, front, back, or a mixture
  • Move 100m and/or 5 minutes non-stop, confidently and competently – using any form of propulsion on their side, front, back, or a mixture
  • Perform this sequence for five minutes: signal for help while treading water, sculling, floating, or a mixture, and while controlling breathing
  • Perform this sequence with a buddy watching: check the depth of the water, check that the area is safe, jump into deep water, float on back for 1 minute to control breathing, return to edge and exit
  • Perform this sequence in deep water: correctly fit a lifejacket then tread water, scull, float or a mixture for 3 minutes while controlling breathing. Then return to edge and get out of the water
  • Perform this sequence: correctly fit a lifejacket, do a step entry into deep water, float in the H.E.L.P. position, then with a couple of buddies or a group form a huddle, return to edge and get out
  • 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 around the home, farm and around pools
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risk in natural environments such as at the beach, offshore, river or lake
  • Know, understand and respect water safety rules, hazards and risks for water activities such as swimming, water sports and boating
  • Know how and why t make safe decisions for yourself and others
  • Know how to recognise hypothermia and how to treat it
 
 
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