We have levels to cater for all swimming skills, from getting familiar with the water and your first stokes through to competitive swimmers and aspiring Olympic athletes. All levels have a strong focus on water safety, with water first aid and rescues being introduced in later levels. Below is information on each level and what skills you will master in each one.

Level descriptions and competencies

Sees our swimmers progress from complete beginners (with dry heads) to floats, glides and the introduction of flutter kicking. Safety and survival skills are also introduced.

Barracuda 1

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Enter Water Safely – Shallow Water
  • Exhale in Water- Face in Water
  • Submerge – Waist deep (Minimum)
  • Open eyes under water
  • Float on Back and Recover – head back ears in water, with a flotation aid, attempt without
  • Float on Front and Recover – face in water exhaling, with a floatation aid, attempt without
  • Survival jumps – deep water – Minimum depth 1.1m Toes on edge, jump to instructor, noodle or board with support, return to edge of pool, attempt to climb out with support
  • Exit water safely

Barracuda 2

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Enter Water Safely – Shallow Water
  • Exhale in Water- Face in Water
  • Submerge – Entire head under water
  • Open eyes under water
  • Glide Forward and Recover – face in exhaling, No kicking, Legs together – No Aid, Independent, with confidence
  • Survival jumps – deep water – Minimum depth 1.1m Toes on edge, jump to instructor or floatation aid with support, return to edge of pool, attempt to climb out with support
  • Back floating – deep water – Minimum depth 1.1m Float with aid for support for 5 seconds, recover to upright position and kick to the edge
  • Safety Sequence – enter water safely, Float for 10-15 seconds with a floatation aid. Exit safely from water

Barracuda 3

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Glide forward and Kick for 3 metres – face in exhaling
  • Glide backward, kick and recover – 3 metres with floatation aid
  • Sculling – basic hand action
  • Safety Sequence – Glide forward and recover to a standing position. Float for 30 seconds with a floatation aid. Be pulled to safety.
  • Survival Jump – Minimum depth 1.4m Toes on edge, jump in and swim to a floatation aid, once stable swim and kick back to the edge. Climb out independently
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See our swimmers progress to increased distance in glides and kicking, introduction of freestyle arms, backstroke arms and breaststroke kick. Safety and survival skills are increased 

Comet 1

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Glide Forward and Kick for 5 metres – deep water
  • Glide Backward, Kick and Recover for 3 metres – No Aid
  • Introduce Freestyle arms for 3 metres – face in, exhaling
  • Scull/Tread Water – basic hand and leg action – deep water confident 30 secs – Minimum depth 1.4m
  • Safety Sequence – Glide forward and recover to a standing position. Float for 30 seconds with a floatation aid. Be pulled to safety.

Comet 2

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Streamline kicking on side –– 3 to 5 metres – With Aid
  • Glide Backward, Kick and Recover for 5 metres –Without Aid
  • Swim Freestyle for 5 - 7 metres – face in, exhaling, propulsive kick
  • Scull/Tread Water – basic hand and leg action. Swim back to edge, climb out of water independently, Deep water – Minimum depth 1.4m
  • Safety Sequence – Glide forward and recover to a standing position. Float for 30 seconds with a floatation aid. Be pulled to safety.

Comet 3

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Freestyle for 7 metres – breathing to side regularly
  • Glide Backward and Kick for 5 metres with introduction of Backstroke arms
  • Breaststroke leg action for 5 metres – on back with board
  • Survival Sculling on back
  • Forward Roll – Basic
  • Safety Sequence – Glide forward and swim 10 metres. Recover to upright position. Support body in upright position and signal distress. Grasp a floatation aid thrown for support. Float for 60 seconds then kick to safety – Deep water
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Our swimmers will now be attempting to recognised freestyle, backstroke, survival backstroke and breaststroke. Distances are increased as they progress through levels. Safety and survival skills are also included.

Mako 1

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Freestyle for 10 metres – breathing to side regularly
  • Backstroke for 5 metres
  • Survival Backstroke 7 metres – with arms & proficient kick
  • Survival Sculling on front
  • Safety Sequence – Glide forward and swim 10 metres. Recover to upright position. Support body in upright position and signal distress. Grasp a floatation aid thrown for support. Float for 60 seconds then kick to safety – Deep water

Mako 2

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Freestyle for 15 metres, regular breathing to the side
  • Backstroke for 10 metres, near horizontal body
  • Survival Backstroke for 10 metres
  • Breaststroke Kick for 5 metres, without board, Arms in front streamline position
  • Scull Feet First on Back, without leg action
  • Recover an object, in chest deep water
  • Swim in deep water Confidence, ability to submerge and surface, vertical and horizontal body position
  • Safety Sequence – Swim and survival scull for 60 seconds. Move towards safety, grasp an object and be pulled to safety by a person securely positioned out of the water – Confident – Deep water

Mako 3

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Swim Freestyle for 25 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Backstroke for 15 metres, alternating arm action
  • Swim Survival Backstroke for 15 metres, symmetrical leg action
  • Swim Breaststroke for 10 metres, symmetrical leg action, Sculling arms in front of shoulders
  • Demonstrate vertical sculling with 360 degree rotation
  • Safety Sequence – Step-in entry. Scull for 60 seconds using a combination of survival sculling and horizontal sculling keeping face above water. Grasp floatation aid thrown for support and swim for 60 seconds. Be pulled to safety by a partner - Deep water
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Our swimmers will now be able to swim laps of freestyle, backstroke, and survival backstroke. Breaststroke timing is learnt and distances increased. Butterfly is also now being introduced. Before moving on they will be able to do a dive entry and swim 150m continuous swim using all strokes. Survival skills are advanced 

Piranha 1

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Swim Freestyle for 25 metres, correct technique – Introduction of Bilateral Breathing Technique
  • Swim Backstroke for 25 metres, alternating arm action
  • Swim Survival Backstroke for 25 metres, symmetrical leg action
  • Swim Breaststroke for 15 metres, symmetrical leg action, correct arm movement, attempt breathing
  • Demonstrate a Surface Dive, recover an object
  • Dolphin kick, streamline body position, pushing off from the wall
  • Safety Sequence – Step-in entry. Scull for 60 seconds using a combination of survival sculling and horizontal sculling keeping face above water. Grasp floatation aid thrown for support and swim for 60 seconds. Be pulled to safety by a partner – Deep water

Piranha 2

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Swim Freestyle for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Backstroke for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Survival Backstroke for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Breaststroke for 25 metres, correct technique
  • Demonstrate Dive Entry, deep water – Shoulder deep minimum required
  • Dolphin kick on back, streamline body position, pushing off from the wall
  • Safety Sequence – Dive entry into deep water. Rotation of tucked body keeping the face above water. Swim slowly for 3 minutes using two survival strokes keeping arms below the surface. Grasp aid thrown by a partner and kick to safety. – Deep water

Piranha 3

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Scull feet first on Back, sculling hand action
  • Demonstrate egg beater, water polo kick
  • Swim 150 metres: Freestyle 50 metres, Backstroke 25 metres, breaststroke 50 metres, Survival Backstroke 25 metres Continuous swim with NO rest, confidence in completing 150metres
  • Introduce butterfly with arms – no set distance
  • Survival Sequence – Enter water using a compact jump. Swim slowly for 4 minutes using two recognised survival strokes, keeping arms below the surface. Swim to safety. – Deep water
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Our swimmers should now be able to swim up to 300m continuously, swim butterfly and do tumble turns. Sidestroke is introduced and perfected. Safety knowledge is advanced and they will be able to perform basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  

Swordfish 1

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Swim Sidestroke for 25m, scissor kick required
  • Demonstrate Butterfly – 5 metres
  • Swim 200 metres: Freestyle 50 metres, Backstroke 50 metres, Breaststroke 50 metres, Survival Backstroke 25 metres and Sidestroke 25 metres Continuous swim with NO rest, confidence in completing 200metres
  • Survival Sequence – Whilst dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt demonstrate: 2 minutes survival sculling, floating or treading water then swim slowly using 3 recognised survival strokes, keeping arms below surface, changing each minute – Deep water

Swordfish 2

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Swim Butterfly for 10 metres, extension
  • Demonstrate Tumble-turn, basic
  • Swim 300 metres: 50 metres each Freestyle, Backstroke, Freestyle, Survival Backstroke, Breaststroke and Sidestroke - Continuous swim with NO rest, confidence in completing distance
  • Basic principles of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, Compressions, Defibrillation
  • Safety Sequence - Non-contact Rescues – Defensive position and reverse. Delivery of floatation aid in deep water
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Stage 10 Competencies

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

  • Shallow water entries and exits
  • Rotate about the vertical & horizontal axis.
  • Eggbeater kick with arms for support.
  • Surface dive and recover object in 1.2m water.
  • Swim underwater 4m.
  • Freestyle – Swim 100m – Correct technique
  • Breaststroke - Swim 50m – Correct technique
  • Backstroke – Swim 50m – Correct technique
  • Survival Backstroke – Correct technique
  • Sidestroke – Swim 50m – Correct technique
  • Butterfly – Swim
  • Swim 100m (2 strokes)
  • Survival swim 100m wearing short length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
  • Float 2min with aid.
  • Safely use lifejacket (fit out of water, enter and float for 1min).
  • Reach Rescue person 1m from safety.
  • Initiative in assessment and rescue.
  • Hazards & Personal Safety & Responding to Emergencies
  • Hazards & Personal Safety - Home pool/bath/pond/public pools. Signal for help
  • Risks & Peer Influences
  • Responding to Emergencies

 

Stage 11 Competencies

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

  • Deep water entries and exits
  • Forward and backward somersault.
  • Surface dive and recover object in 1.5m water.
  • Swim underwater 5m.
  • Freestyle – Swim 100m
  • Breaststroke -Swim 100m
  • Backstroke – Swim 50m
  • Survival Backstroke – Swim 50m
  • Sidestroke – Swim 50m
  • Butterfly – Swim 15m
  • Swim 100m (2 strokes)
  • Survival swim 100m wearing short length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
  • Float 2min without aid.
  • Safely use lifejacket (fit out of water, enter and float for 1min, swim 25m)
  • Reach & Throw Rescue person 5m from safety.
  • Initiative in assessment and rescue.
  • Hazards & Personal Safety
  • Risks & Peer Influences
  • Responding to Emergency

Stage 12 Competencies

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

  • Safe dive entry
  • Eggbeater kick without arms
  • Surface dive and recover 2 objects in 1.5m water.
  • Swim underwater 6m.
  • Freestyle – Swim 150m
  • Breaststroke -Swim 100m
  • Backstroke – Swim 100m
  • Survival Backstroke – Swim 50m
  • Sidestroke – Swim 50m
  • Butterfly – Swim 25m
  • Continuous 200m (4 Strokes)
  • Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
  • Float 3min with aid.
  • Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, float for 2min, swim 50m).
  • Throw & Wade Rescue person 10m from safety.
  • Initiative in assessment and rescue.
  • Hazards & Personal Safety
  • Risks & Peer Influences
  • Responding to Emergencies

 

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Stage 13 Competencies

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

  • Defensive position.
  • Surface dive and recover 2 objects in 1.8m water.
  • Swim underwater 8m.
  • Freestyle – Swim 150m
  • Breaststroke -Swim 100m
  • Backstroke – Swim 100m
  • Survival Backstroke – Swim 50m
  • Sidestroke – Swim 50m
  • Butterfly – Swim 25m
  • Swim 200m (4 strokes)
  • Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
  • Float 3min without aid.
  • Safely use lifejacket (Fit in water, float for 2min, swim 50m)
  • Wade & Swim Rescue person 15m from safety.
  • Initiative in assessment and rescue.
  • Hazards & Personal Safety
  • Risks & Peer Influences
  • Responding to Emergencies

 

Stage 14 Competencies

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

  • Defensive blocking and reverse
  • Individual search in deep water
  • Freestyle – Swim 200m
  • Breaststroke - Swim 100m
  • Backstroke – Swim 100m
  • Survival Backstroke – Swim 50m
  • Sidestroke – Swim 50m
  • Butterfly – Swim 25m
  • Swim 300m (4 strokes)
  • Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes and shoes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
  • Float 4min with aid.
  • Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, float for 2min, swim 50m)
  • Non-contact Tow Rescue person 15m from safety in deep water.
  • Initiative in assessment rescue and after care.
  • Hazards & Personal Safety
  • Risks & Peer Influences
  • Responding to Emergencies

 

Stage 15 Competencies

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

  • Escape techniques.
  • Team search in deep water.
  • Freestyle – Swim 200m
  • Breaststroke - Swim 100m
  • Backstroke – Swim 100m
  • Survival Backstroke – Swim 100m
  • Sidestroke – Swim 100m
  • Butterfly – Swim 25m
  • Swim 300m (4 strokes)
  • Survival swim 100m wearing long length clothes and shoes (50m freestyle, 50m survival).
  • Float 4min without aid.
  • Safely use lifejacket (fit in water, group huddle for 2min, swim 50m).
  • Contact Tow Rescue person 25m from safety in deep water
  • Initiative in assessment rescue and after care
  • Hazards & Personal Safety
  • Risks & Peer Influences
  • Responding to Emergencies
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Teen Swim 1

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Safe entry and exit – Shallow water
  • Exhale in water – Face in
  • Open eyes under water – Identify an object
  • Submerge – Waist deep (Minimum)
  • Float on front and recover – Waist deep, no set distance
  • Glide forward and recover – 3 to 5 metres
  • Glide forward and Kick – 3 to 5 metres
  • Float on back and recover – Waist deep, no set distance, floatation aid acceptable
  • Glide backward and recover – 3 to 5 metres, floatation aid acceptable
  • Glide backward, kick and recover – 3 to 5 metres, floatation aid acceptable
  • Scull and Tread Water – Basic hand action
  • Swim 5 Metres Freestyle – Catch-up acceptable

Teen Swim 2

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Safe Entry and Exit - shallow water
  • Safe Entry and Exit - deep water
  • Open eyes under water – Identify and recover an object
  • Demonstrate entries - Stride
  • Demonstrate entries - Compact jump
  • Demonstrate entries - Step in entry
  • Demonstrate entries - Confidence in deep water
  • Freestyle – No set distance
  • Survival Backstroke
  • Scull head first on back – without leg action
  • Swim in deep water
  • Breaststroke kick – 5 metres basic with board
  • Backstroke – No set distance

Teen Swim 3

Skills must be performed confidently and consistently

Competencies

  • Scull feet first on back, sculling hand action
  • Demonstrate egg beater, water polo kick -deep water
  • Swim Freestyle for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Backstroke for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Survival backstroke for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Swim Breaststroke for 50 metres, correct technique
  • Demonstrate Dive entry, deep water - Shoulder deep minimum required
  • Safety Sequence - Enter water using a compact jump. Swim slowly for 4 minutes using two recognised survival strokes, keeping arms below the surface. Swim to safety - Deep water
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Junior Lifeguard Club offers a unique aquatic alternative for those who love the water, want to be challenged and want more than just lessons.

The Junior Lifeguard Club provides opportunities for children to keep interested and active in aquatics, especially quick learners and those caught between levels and programs. It's a fantastic opportunity to further develop swimming skills at the same time as developing new and challenging lifesaving skills.

This program is an alternative to traditional assessment checklist based programs, where participants learn the skills required for pool lifesaving and is based on personal best achievement.

Pool Lifesaving is the sport of lifesaving conducted in a pool controlled environment. Participating in other Royal Life Saving programs such as Swim & Survive and Bronze Rescue can lead to a pathway of competition. Competitions in pool lifesaving are conducted at club, state, interstate and international levels. Competing allows participants to aspire to being a member of the Junior Barras (under 16 Australian Team), Silver Barras (under 19 Australian Team) or the Aussie Barras (Open Australian Team).

The pool lifesaving competition events focus on the core skills of rescues, swimming and lifesaving principle knowledge with events such as the manikin tow, line throw, swimming with obstacles and initiatives.

To join the Junior Lifeguard Club it is recommended that you have passed stage 8 as a minimum.

The program is designed for anyone to participate meaning friends can join together, even if they are of different ages or abilities.

Serious Fun

The best description of the Junior Lifeguard Club is serious fun! There's a serious purpose behind the program. Kids learn skills that could one day save a life.

The emphasis is on the following skills:

  • Swimming Skills
  • Lifesaving Knowledge
  • Community Education
  • Fitness Leadership and
  • Teamwork Competition

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