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Swim and Survive

We are excited to announce the revitalisation of the Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive programme!

As part of the refreshed Curriculum, national benchmarks for children’s swimming and water safety competency have been mapped to the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework.

The new curriculum includes four infant levels and twelve general Swim and Survive levels.

Infant Levels – Little Wonders

There is one curriculum for Infant children aged 6 months to 3 years. As part of the Little Wonders level, parents and caregivers will be provided with more parent/carer education to help them understand the skills, methods, and reasoning.

Level four of the Little Wonders levels is a ‘transition level’. During the transition level, children are assisted in gaining independence in the water without the assistance of their parents or caregivers. Additionally, the level facilitates the progression of skills, behavior, and social integration to preschool levels.

Swim and Survive Levels

In addition to the eleven skill-based levels, there is a twelfth level that is equivalent to the Bronze Star.

It offers the same curriculum at Levels 1 – 3 in both the Preschool and the Primary School programmes.

This enables:

  • A clear progression throughout the curriculum.
  • School-aged and preschool levels are clearly aligned.
  • It is easy to transition from preschool to school age.

It is our hope that you are just as excited about the revised Swim and Survive programme as we are, and that you will continue to enjoy its many benefits.

National Benchmark For a 6-year-old child.


  • Identify rules for safe behaviour in and around home aquatic environments.
  • Fall in entry and recover
  • Float on back for 30 seconds.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Swim 10 metres freestyle with breathing.
  • Swim 5 metres backstroke.
  • Swim 5 metres survival backstroke kick.
  • Swim through a submerged obstacle.
  • Identify people and actions to help in an aquatic emergency.
  • Be rescued with a buoyant aid.
  • Perform a survival sequence to simulate an accidental entry.

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National Benchmark For a 12-year-old child.


  • Understand and follow safety rules for aquatic environments.
  • Dive in entry.
  • Enter and exit the water in a range of environments wearing light clothing.
  • Float, scull or tread water for 2 minutes and signal for help.
  • Swim 75 metres freestyle.
  • Swim 75 metres backstroke.
  • Swim 50 metres survival backstroke.
  • Swim 50 metres breaststroke.
  • Surface dive, swim underwater for up to 3 metres and search to recover an object in deep water.
  • Respond to an emergency and perform a primary assessment.
  • Throw rescue 10 metres using a weighted and unweighted rope.
  • Perform a survival sequence wearing light clothing.

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