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Our Program - Swim and Survive



AquaZone's learn to swim program is based on Royal Life Saving Australia's Swim and Survive program. This program is a comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

The initiative ensures that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to a process of developing strong and effective swimming technique. Swim and Survive is delivered in  by qualified swimming and water safety instructors.

Since its inception over 30 years ago, over 15 million Australian children have participated in the Swim and Survive program.

Wonder, Pre school and after school Levels are Swim and Survive initiative programs. They reflect the hopes and aspirations of children and families as they embark on a lifetime of fun and safety in the water.


Each program is structured into skill strands that ensure a balanced, comprehensive instructional approach to a child's aquatic education. Each of the 3 programs has a set of Award levels to guide the Instructor and participant through the stages of aquatic education. The 3 programs with their Award Levels provide a comprehensive structured resource of Swimming and Water Safety.


The Wonder program is a child-centred program which is taught with parent or carer and child together in the water. Parents are an integral part of their child's aquatic education by providing guidance and support through activities that provide for the development of water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills. More information about this level can be found here.



A broad and balanced program teaching a range of skills and knowledge to develop swimming, water safety, survival and basic rescue skills. With a vibrant look, and an increased focus on stroke development, our curriculum encourages children to have a healthy respect for the aquatic environment. More information about this level can be found here.


Development Strands

Swim and Survive aims to develops skills across the following areas:

  • Entries and exits skills teach children to determine the safest entry and exit method for a range of aquatic environments.

  • Sculling and body orientation enable children to gain mobility in the aquatic environment and are vital skills for developing swimming and survival skills.

  • Underwater skills aim to provide the student with the skills that may enable them to escape from dangers or search for a submerged object

  • Swimming strokes develops efficient and effective stroke technique and the ability to adapt the strokes to suit the conditions of the environment. Fitness and endurance increases through the progression of levels.

  • Survival skills includes the teaching of survival techniques and strategies for a range of emergency situations, including the use of lifejackets.

  • Rescue skills equip children with the required skills to perform a range of rescues depending on the emergency situation, the environment and prevailing conditions.

  • Water safety knowledge develops an understanding of a range of swimming and water safety issues that underpins safety in and around the water



For our teachers to deem that a student is competent at a skill, that skill should be demonstrated more than once, repeatedly. The student should be comfortable and confident performing the skill or answering the question. They should demonstrate the skill without hesitation and with a high level of ability and the teacher must as confidence that the skill could be completed over and over again at the same standard.

The criteria for each level can be assessed in a number of ways, depending on the teacher and the students in their group. Teachers may assess students during each lesson or at end of the lesson, or they may be assessed durring one of our "Assessment Weeks".

If you child has passed a level their teacher will give them a ribbon and let them ring the "progression bell" near the program pool. When you're ready to leave go to the Customer Service counter they can advise you on what classes are available in the next level. They will also give you a certificate for the level your child has just completed.





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