Lessons for all age groups
Swim for Life® is a complete learn-to-swim program from Parent & Tot
through to Leadership. Easy to program and easy to explain,
Swim for Life leads seamlessly into the Society’s lifesaving
Program content is stroke and skill driven: entries and exits; surface support; underwater skills; Swim to Survive® skills; movement / swimming skills; fitness, and Water Smart® education. A fun program with achievable content is enjoyable for both participants and instructors.
There are five modules in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program:
- PARENT & TOT 1, 2, 3 for parents and children up to 3 years
- PRESCHOOL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 for children 3–5 years
- SWIMMER 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 for children 5 years and older
- ADULT SWIMMER 1, 2, 3 for people over 16 years
- FITNESS SWIMMER for swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness
The modules are designed so they flow together seamlessly. You can program them independently or program them all so they flow logically into each other and on into the basic lifesaving awards: Rookie, Ranger and Star Patrol.
Preschoolers move from Preschool to Swimmer based on age – traditionally around 5–6 years. Preschoolers who have completed Preschool 1 or 2, would move to Swimmer 1; if they have completed Preschool 3, 4, or 5, they would move into Swimmer 2.
Content is organized as follows:
• Entries and exits
• Surface support
• Underwater skills
• Swim to Survive® skills
• Movement / Swimming skills
• Water Smart® education
Mandatory equipment for the Swim for Life program includes lifejackets of all sizes. Other learn-to-swim equipment such as kickboards, pull buoys and toys will expand the scope for effective and entertaining training.
PARENT & TOT 1 | 4-12 MONTHS
Parents and babies will explore the water together under the watchful eyes of their instructor. They will learn how to safely enter and exit the water and work on getting ready to discover the water safely. Parents will learn how to safely support their child while they play
PARENT & TOT 2 | 12-24 MONTHS
Instructors will lead sessions to help parents with children learn basic water safety skills in a welcoming environment. Parents are taught how to support their child with assisted entries and exits into water and support them in learning to float and kick. They can celebrate together when the child can get their face wet and blow bubbles for the first time
PARENT & TOT 3 | 2-3 YEARS
Parents will work towards supporting their toddlers in becoming more independent in the water. Getting
in, getting out, going under, and floating, parents and toddlers will be introduced to different iterations of these fundamental skills.