Swimming and Water Safety Program

Our program runs for two weeks each year for all year 3, 4 and 5 students in Tasmanian Government Schools

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.

A collage of photos from swimming water safety

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 Strands of:

  • 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.