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School Swimming

School Swimming schemes are a focus for Royal Life Saving as we strive to meet the department of educations goals through water safety lessons for every Year 2 student in NSW.

At the Aquatic Academy, we utilise the Swim and Survive program as it was designed specifically for schools and implements a progressive curriculum to combine the learning of practical skills with the understanding and application of water safety knowledge.

Program Structure

School Swimming Programs can be booked through one of the following two options and occur between 9:30am – 2:30pm weekdays (according to the NSW school term dates)

Click here for the NSW School Term Dates 2020 Calendar

  1. Intensive 2-week School Swimming Scheme – where schools attend lessons every day for 2 consecutive weeks.
  2. 10-week progressive Swimming Program – where schools attend lessons once a week for 10 consecutive weeks.

The Swim and Survive – Active Program has 6 core awards for schools that builds directly on the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework:

  • Active 1 – Water Discovery
  • Active 2 – Water Awareness
  • Active 3 – Water Sense
  • Active 4 – Water Wise
  • Active 5 – Junior Swim and Survive
  • Active 6 – Swim and Survive

The completion of the Swim and Survive program can have a flexible delivery approach and the Royal Life Saving Aquatic Academy offers the schools and their student’s various ways in how these skills can be learned and assessed.

Additional School Program offerings:


Royal Life Saving offers several programs and awards that can be gained progressively by people of all ages and abilities. The awards scheme has several strands, each with a sequential flow.
Key education programs taught in schools include:

  1. Swim and Survive
  2. Water Smart
  3. Bronze Star
  4. Bronze Medallion
  5. Bronze Cross
  6. Advanced Lifesaving
  7. Pool Lifeguard
  8. First Aid
  9. Resuscitation

Group bookings are available through our webpage for your school or community group. Group bookings allow you to choose your preferred date and time and have flexible delivery methods such as face-to-face and online components to suit your group training needs.

The Aquatic Academy provides quality, accredited training to both primary and secondary school students which can be easily incorporated into your school curriculum. Skills and knowledge learnt through our award strands can lead to workplace and vocational pathways for a dynamic, balanced, and flexible career in the aquatics industry.

Aquatic Survival Challenge for unstructured activities

The Water Safety Guidelines for Unstructured Aquatic Activities provide guidance to school principals and aquatic/excursion coordinators so they can better plan and safely implement unstructured aquatic activities

Schools considering using a lake, beach or river for unstructured aquatic activities must ensure all swimmers participating have completed ‘The Challenge’ prior to attending the open water environment.

The aim of ‘The Challenge’ is to determine the aquatic proficiency of students prior to participation in unstructured aquatic activity. A proficiency test, in the form of ‘The Challenge’, must be conducted before the first aquatic activity at camp, unless the school provides evidence of testing having been recently conducted (within a period of two school terms). Wrist bands identifying proficient and non-proficient swimmers will be issued and must be worn for the duration of the activity.

For more information on the Aquatic Survival challenge use the below link
Aquatic Survival challenge link

Do you need something different?

At the Aquatic Academy, we are experienced in adapting or developing programs that cater to the individual needs of the schools and community groups we work with. If any of the above programs are not exactly what you are after, then don’t worry – we can tailor them to you or develop something new. For more enquiries contact

Contact us to enquire about how we can help you with swimming and water safety education.

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