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Tiddlers

Duckling 1 Criteria
  1. Make a supervised safe entry with adult support if required.
  2. Float on back with adult support behind the head without floatation equipment.
  3. Blow bubbles at the water surface.
  4. Wet the head without submersion.
  5. Kick 5 metres on back with adult support.
  6. Travel without adult support for 2 metres to a floating object.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with adult support.
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.
Duckling 2 Criteria
  1. Make a sitting entry with adult support if required.
  2. Rotate 180 degrees either using a log roll or an upright position, using floatation equipment and without adult support.
  3. Submerge the face with confidence and without force under adult supervision.
  4. Blow an object for a distance of 2 metres.
  5. Travel 3 metres using arms and/or legs without adult support.
  6. Move 5 metres along the rail or wall without adult support.
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side with minimal adult support.
  8. Exit the water safely with minimal adult support.
Duckling 3 Criteria
  1. Make a supervised jump to an adult with or without support.
  2. Float on the front or back without adult support.
  3. Push off on the front or back in a streamlined shape from a supporting adult.
  4. Blow bubbles with the mouth and nose underwater.
  5. Travel 5 metres on the front to the side of the pool without adult support.
  6. Kick 5 metres on the front holding a float (the adult may hold the other end of the float).
  7. Enter the pool, rotate and return to the side without adult support.
  8. Climb out of the water with adult support if required.

Tadpoles

Dolphin 1 Criteria

1. Swim 5 meters front and back (max 2 arm bands)

2. Move from a floating position on back and return to standing

3. Push off from the side of the pool into floating position (on back)

4. Enter and exit the water safely

5. Submerge face for 3 seconds

Dolphin 2 Criteria

1. Swim front and back 5 meters (no arm bands)

2. Jump in from side of pool

3. Floating front and back (3 seconds)

4. Push off from side of the pool front and back (face must be in water for front)

Dolphin 3 Criteria

1. Swim front and back 10 meters (attempting backstroke arms on back) Reasonable standard

2. Floating position front and back (attempt 5 seconds on front)

3. Push and glide front and back (attempting streamline)

4. Attempt to recover an object from shallow end skill

5. Jump in from side of pool then swim 5 meters any stroke Reasonable standard

Tads 2

Dolphin 4 Criteria

1. Swim 10 meters on front (breast stroke and front crawl) Reasonable standard

2. Swim 10 meters backstroke Reasonable standard

3. Swim 10 meters from the deep end (any stroke) Reasonable standard

4. Recover object from shallow end (head first) skill

5. Attempt a mushroom float skill

Minnows

Dolphin 5 Criteria

1. Swim 25 meters of Progressive standard from the deep end

2. Swim 15 meters of a second stroke, Reasonable standard

3. Swim 10 meters of a third stroke, Progressive standard

4. Preform a streamlined push and glide front and back, then attempt to climb out (limited help)

5. Attempt dolphin leg kick skill

6. Attempt a forward rotation (flotation device may be used) skill

Dolphin 6 Criteria

1. Jump in at the deep end swim 50 meters, 25 meters on front Progressive standard and 25 meters on back Progressive standard. (50m to be done consecutively)

2. Swim 25 meters on front Progressive standard (whichever stroke wasn’t used for 1 above)

3. Attempt a hand stand in shallow water skill

4. Attempting a sitting dive skill

5. Retrieve an object at the midway point of the pool skill (1.22m)

6. Front and back dolphin leg kick 5 meters’ skill

Seals

Dolphin 7 Criteria

1. Jump in at the deep end and swim 100 meters – 50m on front Progressive standard, 50m on back Progressive standard

2. Swim 15 meters of a third stroke Good standard (whichever stroke that wasn’t used for (1 above)

3. Recover and object from the deep end skill

4. Climb out of deep water (with minimal assistance)

5. Preform sculling action for 5 meters on back head first skill

6. Preform a sitting dive skill

7. Dolphin leg kick front 10 meters’ reasonable standard

Dolphin 8 Criteria

1. Jump in at the deep end and swim 150m using two strokes, a minimum of 50m each stroke, one stroke of a Good standard, one stroke of a Progressive standard

2. Swim 25 meters of a third stroke Good standard

3. Push and glide into a forward summersault

4. Preform sculling action for 10 meters’ feet first skill

5. Attempt over arm recovery with dolphin leg kick for butterfly 10 Meters’ reasonable standard

Baracudas

Dolphin 9 Criteria

1. Kneeling dive, swim 10 meters of a front stroke

2. Surface dive and recover an object from the deep end skill

3. Tread water for 1 minute

4. Swim dolphin leg kick 15 meters’ front and back skill

5. Swim 200 meters using three strokes, 75m front 75m back and 50m third stroke. All three strokes Good standard

6. Swim 10 meters’ butterfly (full stroke) progressive standard

7. Attempt to swim under water for as long as possible skill

Dolphin 10 Criteria

1. Kneeling dive, swim 15 meters

2. Feet first surface dive

3. Tread water for 2 minuets

4. Swim 25 meters butterfly (full stroke) Good standard

5. Swim 300 meters using all three strokes, must swim 100m each stroke Good standard

Sharks

Bronze Challenge Award Criteria

Swimming  Challenge Awards – Bronze

Section A

  1. Jump into water of at least full reach depth.*
  2. Swim 10 metres, followed by a surface dive into water of at least full reach depth* and underwater swim for a distance of 5 metres.
  3. Tread water in a vertical position for three minutes.
  4. Scull head-first on the back for 15 metres with the feet at, or near, the surface throughout.

Section B

  1. Swim 400 metres using two strokes. (Changes of stroke can only occur at the completion of a length of the pool. A minimum of 100 metres is to be swum with each stroke.)
  2. Climb out at the deep end without assistance.
Silver Challenge Award Criteria

Swimming Challenge Awards – Silver 

Section A

  1. Plunge dive into water of at least full reach depth.*
  2. Swim 100 metres in less than three minutes using any stroke. A change of stroke may only occur at the completion of a length of the pool.
  3. Tread water for two minutes with one hand behind the back.
  4. Swim 10 metres, followed immediately by two surface dives into water of full reach depth*, one head first and one feet first, bringing an object to the surface on each occasion.
  5. Scull head first on the back for 10 metres and return by sculling 10 metres feet first. A horizontal position must be maintained throughout.

Section B

  1. Swim 800 metres: 400 metres on the front and 400 metres on the back. A change of stroke may only occur every 50 metres.
  2. Climb out at the deep end without assistance.
Gold Challenge Award Criteria

Swimming Challenge Awards – Gold

Section A

  1. Plunge dive into water of at least full reach depth* and swim 100 metres in two minutes 30 seconds or less, using two different strokes, 50 metres of each.
  2. Tread water for three minutes with one hand remaining above the head throughout. The arm raised may be changed no more than five times.
  3. Scull head first on the back for 10 metres, move into a tucked position and turn through 360 degrees keeping the head above water. Return to the starting point by sculling feet first with the feet at or near the surface throughout and the hands close to the hips.
  4. Swim 10 metres, perform a forward somersault without touching the pool bottom and continue to swim in the same direction for a further 10 metres.

Section B

  1. Swim 800 metres using three of the following strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, English backstroke or sidestroke for a minimum distance of 200 metres per stroke. A change of stroke may only occur every 100 metres. This swim to be completed in 25 minutes.
  2. Climb out at the deep end without assistance.

Lifesaving

Rookie Lifeguard Bronze

Rookie Lifeguard Awards – Bronze

On completing Bronze Stages 1, 2 and 3 children should be able to:

  1. Enter shallow water safely and confidently
  2. Tread water for 1 minute, using arms to occasionally signal for help
  3. Swim continuously in clothing for 50m (long sleeved top, trousers or skirt)
  4. Swim Lifesaving Backstroke over a distance of 50m
  5. Scull head and feet first on their back over a distance of 15m
  6. Hold the ‘HELP’ position for 2 minutes 30 seconds
  7. Demonstrate a non-panicking, panicking, and unconscious casualty
  8. Demonstrate a ‘Shout and Signal’ rescue to a casualty 5m away
  9. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 5m away
  10. Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 5m away and instruct them back to the side
  11. Demonstrate a reach rescue to a casualty 2m away
  12. Throw a non buoyant aid (rope) to a casualty 8m away
  13. Enter deep water safely and confidently
  14. Perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater 5m before surfacing
  15. Climb out in deep water without using the steps
Rookie Lifeguard Silver

Rookie Lifeguard Awards – Silver

On completing Silver Stages 1, 2 and 3 children should be able to:

  1. Swim continuously in clothing (long sleeved top, Trousers, or a skirt) for 200m on your front and back (100m on your front and 100m on your back), in less than 10 minutes.
  2. Demonstrate a reaching rescue to a casualty 2m away, instruct them what to do
  3. Throw a buoyant aid to a casualty 8m away. Instruct them what to do
  4. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away. Using a throwing aid, instruct the casualty what to do.
  5. Enter shallow water and wade to a casualty 10m away. Using a rigid aid instruct the casualty what to do.
  6. Place casualty in the support position
  7. Tread water for 3 minutes, shouting and signalling for help every 30 seconds or so
  8. Swim 100m during which perform 2 feet first and head first surface dives, recover an object in 1m of water before surfacing
  9. In shallow water turn a face down ‘unconscious casualty’ face up and walk to the poolside whilst shouting for help.
  10. Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 10m away and pull to the side in less than 45 seconds
  11. Enter deep water using a straddle jump
  12. Demonstrate a fall-in entry into clear deep water
  13. Swim 20m continuously with your head out of the water on your front
Rookie Lifeguard Bronze

Rookie Lifeguard Awards – Gold

On completing Gold Stages 1, 2 and 3 children should be able to:

  1. Coil and throw a rope to a casualty 12 metres away and pull to the side, in less than 30 seconds
  2. Swim 400m continuously in clothing (long sleeved top and trousers) using three different strokes. Each stroke must be performed continuously for 100m (Lifesaving Backstroke, Sidestroke, Breaststroke or Front Crawl) in less than 15 minutes
  3. Tread water for two minutes before removing clothing then swim 50m to a point of support in deep water. Climb out of deep water unaided
  4. Demonstrate any two from the following in clear deep water; fall-in, compact jump or shallow dive
  5. Swim 10 metres then demonstrate a Reverse
  6. Swim 10 metres then demonstrate a Standoff
  7. Swim 20 metres to an unconscious casualty. Surface dive and recover an object from 1m depth of water. At the surface swap the object for and unconscious casualty. Turn the casualty over then perform a swim and tow for 20m using sidestroke. This is a timed swim and must be completed in less than 2 minutes 30 seconds. Shout for help
  8. Demonstrate supported rescue breathing whilst waiting for help
  9. Demonstrate the support position
  10. Using initiative, assist 2 casualties in difficulty up to 15 metres away in shallow water. Demonstrate non-contact rescues of both casualties instruct casualties what to do and assist to land. Treat for shock
  11. Using appropriate hand signals from land direct another swimmer to a point where an unconscious casualty has disappeared from sight in deep water
  12. Using any recognised competitive stroke, swim 400m continuously, in less than 12 minutes
  13. Complete the Rookie Life Support Award

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