SwimSafer Programme

Swimming Certificates & Awards

  • SwimSafer Stage 1
  • SwimSafer Stage 2
  • SwimSafer Stage 3
  • SwimSafer Stage 4 Bronze
  • SwimSafer Stage 5 Silver
  • SwimSafer Stage 6 Gold


SwimSafer is a comprehensive initiative as a national program dedicated to promoting swim safety and educating the public about the importance of water safety and to raise the standard of swimming proficiency in Singapore.

This 6 stages program includes skills and knowledge from beginner to advanced levels during their swimming lessons. Crafted specially for children below 16 years old, this program will help evolve your child from a non-swimmer into a good swimmer.

SwimSafer is recognised by all schools, institutions and water-related sports (e.g. Kayaking, scuba diving) in Singapore.

The SwimSafer Stages

SwimSafer Stage 1

Introduction to Water Skills

The objective is develop confidence and independence in the water, learn general and deep-end water safety. Techniques taught include the forward and backward movement, safe entry and exit and personal water safety.

SwimSafer Stage 2

Fundamental Water Skills

General skill development including unassisted step entry into water, sculling, feet first surface dives, personal water safety skills as well as water safety in aquatic environments. Goal is to achieve 25 metres of continuous swimming.

SwimSafer Stage 3

Personal & Stroke Development Skills

Principles of personal survival as well as basic rescue skills are taught. Skills include sculling, underwater skills and the use of personal flotation device. Goal is to achieve 50m of continuous swimming.

SwimSafer Stage 4 Bronze

Personal Survival & Stroke Improvement Skills

Development of child’s stroke techniques is a focus here, along with coordinated breathing in deep water while swimming 100 metres. Principles of water craft safety will be introduced as well as continual work on rescue and personal survival skills.

SwimSafer Stage 5 Silver

Intermediate Personal Survival & Stroke Refinement Skills

Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of rescue skills and personal survival knowledge will also continue at more advanced levels. Children will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques to complete stage 5.

SwimSafer Stage 6 Gold

Advance Personal Survival & Swimming Skill Proficiency

Children will be required to perform strokes with greater ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over 400 metres. Rescue skills and water safety knowledge will focus on lifesaving readiness. Standing dive and personal safety skills will continue to be taught.


“I enrolled my two children in the Swimsafer programme, and I’m truly amazed at their progress! Not only have they learned essential water safety skills, but they have also gained a newfound confidence in themselves. The instructors are highly experienced and patient, creating a fun and supportive environment for the kids to learn. I highly recommend Swimsafer to all parents looking for a reliable and effective swimming programme for their children.”

Edward Lee, Parent of Edwin (5yo) and Lucas (8yo)

“The Swimsafer programme has been a game-changer for our family. Our daughter used to be terrified of water, but with the help of the Swimsafer instructors, she has overcome her fears and now looks forward to her swimming lessons. We are so grateful for the expert guidance and care provided by the Swimsafer team, and we can’t recommend them highly enough.”

Stephy Chia, Parent of Elina (7yo)

“Before joining the Swimsafer programme, I was always anxious about my kids being around water. But now, after just a few months of classes, I am amazed at the transformation. The programme teaches vital swimming techniques and water safety skills that have given my kids, and me, peace of mind. The instructors are truly dedicated, and their passion for teaching is evident in every session.”

Tan Zi Xuan, Parent of Jun Xiang(9yo) and Jun Hao (6yo)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How will I know when my child is ready to move on to the next stage of the Swimsafer programme?2023-03-28T04:05:55+08:00

Instructors will continuously assess participants’ progress throughout the programme. When your child has successfully demonstrated the skills required for their current stage, the instructor will recommend moving on to the next stage. Open communication with your child’s instructor will help ensure a smooth transition between stages.

Are the Swimsafer instructors certified?2023-03-28T04:05:22+08:00

Yes, all Swimsafer instructors are certified professionals who have undergone a comprehensive and rigorous training program to guarantee their ability to effectively teach swimming and water safety skills. This training includes a thorough understanding of various swimming techniques, water safety principles, and effective teaching methods that cater to individual needs.

How long does it take to complete the Swimsafer programme?2023-03-28T04:03:36+08:00

The duration of the Swimsafer programme is tailored to each individual’s progress, learning pace, and personal circumstances.

On average, participants attending a weekly 45-minute lesson can complete the programme within 9 months. However, several factors, such as age, swimming ability, and frequency of lessons, may influence this timeline.

For beginners who have a fear of water or require additional time to learn breathing and bubbling techniques, the overall duration may be longer. It is crucial for participants to master these foundational skills before advancing to Stage 1 of the Swimsafer programme.

How are the Swimsafer lessons structured?2023-03-28T03:57:23+08:00

Swimsafer lessons are typically divided into progressive stages, allowing participants to develop their skills gradually. Each stage focuses on specific skills and techniques, building upon the previous stage’s foundation. Instructors may customize lessons to meet individual needs and abilities.

What swimming skills will be taught in the Swimsafer programme?2023-03-28T03:56:51+08:00

The Swimsafer programme covers a wide range of swimming skills, including basic water safety, floating, treading water, various swim strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), diving, and personal survival techniques.

Who can participate in the Swimsafer programme?2023-03-28T03:56:25+08:00

Swimsafer is designed for people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and adults. The programme caters to various skill levels, from absolute beginners to advanced swimmers looking to refine their techniques.

What is the Swimsafer programme?2023-03-28T03:55:48+08:00

The Swimsafer programme is a comprehensive swimming and water safety education programme designed for children and adults. It aims to teach essential swimming skills, water safety awareness, and build confidence in and around water. The programme focuses on progressive learning, allowing participants to develop their skills at their own pace.

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