Swimming and Water Safety Program

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The Department of Education provides a Swimming and Water Safety Program for:

  • all Year 3, 4 and 5 students in Tasmanian Government Schools (required attendance)
  • Year 6 students assessed as being at-risk at the end of the Year 5 program (optional attendance).

This three-year program consists of ten consecutive lessons each year. It supports our students to become competent swimmers and be water safe. The lessons occur in government owned, council or private swimming pools around the state.

The program has a strong emphasis on:

  • water safety, including boat safety
  • using personal floatation devices
  • survival swimming
  • reach to rescue
  • entering aquatic environments safely
  • efficient stroke development
  • building swimming stamina.

These skills build the foundation for safe participation in aquatic activities.

Australian Curriculum

The swimming program supports the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education through the following Strands:

  • Personal, social and community
  • Movement and physical activity

In particular, the focus areas of:

  • Safety
  • Health benefits of physical activity
  • Fundamental motor skills
  • Lifelong physical activities.


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