SwimSafer Stage 4 Bronze

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 4 Bronze Test Criteria

Entries & Exits

Compact jump.

Sculling & Body Orientation

  1. Forward somersault in the water.
  2. Scull, float or tread for 2 min

Underwater Skills

In at least 1.4m deep water, perform feet-first surface dive, swim through hoops on pool bottom or 2m.

Movement / Swimming / Strokes

Swim 100m continuously:

  1. 25m Front Crawl.
  2. 25m Backstroke.
  3. 25m Breaststroke.
  4. 25m Survival Backstroke.

Survival & Activity Skills

Scull, float or tread water for 2 min.

Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt demonstrate:

  1. 3 min swimming slowly using survival backstroke, sidestroke and survival breaststroke, changing every 15m.
  2. Wave and call for help Retrieve a flotation aid thrown by a ‘rescuer’ (2m away) and kick to the side of the pool and exit.

Rescue Skills

Throw a flotation aid to a partner 2m away and instruct the partner to kick to the edge.


  1. Principles of Personal Safety and Survival.
  2. Environmental Awareness.
  3. Health Awareness.
  4. Emergency Situations and Survival Techniques.
  5. Rescues.