Outline (from syllabus)

Aquatics—water-based activities that utilise swimming and/or diving skills and techniques for performance, water safety, or recreational purposes

Learners may choose one of the following activities:

  • Lifesaving
  • Survival swim
  • Two swimming strokes
  • Water polo
  • Synchronised swimming

Learners are required to show evidence of their capacity to perform the following skills and techniques in the selected activity in aquatics:

  • Lifesaving
  • Entry into water/entries into unknown conditions
  • Strokes/propelling over a distance to casualty or with casualty
  • Life-saving kick/side stroke
  • Approaching casualty and manoeuvring a casualty when turning
  • Contact/non-contact tows using rigid/non-rigid aids/conserving energy/breath/heat
  • Two different types of rescue

Survival swimming

  • Entry into water/entries into unknown conditions
  • Straddle/ability to submerge—feet first/head first/surface dive from water to depth
  • Floating—ability to maintain buoyancy with or without aid
  • Treading water
  • Strokes—stamina swimming in clothing maintaining form/propelling and sculling
  • Underwater swimming
  • Turns in distance swimming
  • Conserving energy/breath/heat—HELP position, HUDDLE position with at least two others

Two swimming strokes

  • Body position/alignment
  • Hand entry/hand glide position/hand exit position
  • Kick
  • Stroke co-ordination
  • Head action, breathing action
  • Starts, turns, finishes
  • Sprint and distance swimming

Water Polo

  • Passing/receiving skills(various)
  • Shooting skills (various)
  • Moving with the ball
  • Moving free
  • Marking/intercepting skills

Synchronised swimming

  • Back layout, tuck position
  • Front layout, front pike
  • Back pike, ballet leg
  • Fishtail, flamingo and bent knee vertical
  • Dolphin arch, surface arch, split walk over, front
  • Duet or trio performance including combinations of these and other synchronised swimming movements


Personal aquatic survival skills include:

  • Sculling
  • Treading water
  • Floating
  • Safe entry and exit from the water
  • Clothed swimming survival techniques
  • Use of devices to assist rescue, and
  • Basic swimming skills


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