This course will help further develop the student's confidence, independence and mobility whilst in the pool.

The skills learnt in this program not only save lives, but provide a foundation for participation in a range of aquatic recreation, fitness and sporting activities.

Our intermediate program is 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, it encourages children to have a healthy respect for the aquatic environment.

This class is a 1:6 = 1 Austswim teacher to 6 Students ratio;
This is to allow each child to get the most out of the class as with the introduction of swimming in lanes and laps we have more options to push the student.


Stage 1

1. Perform a step in entry.
2. Scull head first on the back in a streamlined body position.
3. Swim 25 metres freestyle using correct technique.
4. Swim 25 metres backstroke using correct technique.
5. Swim 15 metres survival backstroke using correct technique.
6. Demonstrate 10 metres breaststroke kick (symmetrical action).
7. Demonstrate the following continuous sequence:
    a) Survival sculling or treading water for 1 minute
    b) Swim for 1 minute, holding a flotation aid.
8. Surface dive, swim underwater and recover an object from water of chest depth.
9. Demonstrate a kneeling dive.
10. Using a rigid aid pull a partner to safety.
11. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

Stage 2

1. Safely perform a compact jump and exit from deep water.
2. Demonstrate feet first sculling on the back.
3. Demonstrate rotation of the tucked body, keeping the face above the surface of the water.
4. Swim 50 metres freestyle with correct technique.
5. Swim 50 metres backstroke with correct technique.
6. Swim 25 metres survival backstroke with correct technique.
7. Swim 15 metres breaststroke with correct technique.
8. Demonstrate 10 metres sidestroke with scissor kick.
9. Dressed in swimwear, shorts and t-shirt, demonstrate the following sequence:
    a) Sculling, floating or treading water for 2 minutes
    b) Swim slowly for 3 minutes, changing survival strokes after each minute.
10. Float for 1 minute using an open-ended flotation aid.
11. Surface dive, swim underwater and recover an object from water depth equivalent to the candidate's height.
12. Demonstrate a crouch dive.
13. Throw a rescue flotation aid to a partner at 5 metres distance and instruct the partner to kick to the edge.
14. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

Stage 3

1. Safely perform a fall in entry and exit from deep water.
2. Demonstrate a forward somersault in the water.
3. Demonstrate the eggbeater kick. Arms or a kickboard may be used for support.
4. Swim 100 metres continuously using correct stroke techniques:
    a) 25 metres freestyle
    b) 25 metres survival backstroke or sidestroke
    c) 25 metres backstroke and
    d) 25 metres breaststroke.
5. Dressed in swimwear, long pants and long- sleeved shirt, perform the following continuous sequence:
    a) Survival sculling, floating or treading water for 4 minutes
    b) Perform a feet first surface dive and swim underwater for a short distance
    c) Swim slowly for 6 minutes using three survival strokes, changing strokes after each minute. Clothing may be removed.
6. Correctly fit a PFD, enter the water using a compact jump, float for 30 seconds and then climb out of deep water.
7. Demonstrate a shallow dive.
8. Perform a reach rescue using a rope, towel or item of clothing.
9. Answer questions about dangers in the aquatic environment.

We ask that all swimmers observe sun safety protocols by ensuring they are appropriately clothed and sun cream is applied before entering the pool. Ideal clothing consists of rash shirt and swimmers. Hair should be tied back and any jewellery is removed. Hair cap and goggles can be used, but are not necessary in most cases.

Whilst some classes may involve using flotation devices such as noodles or kickboards, permanent flotation devices (e.g. arm floats) are not allowed, as they can both hinder movement and provide a false sense of security to the student.

Once complete, we would recommend the student moves on to the Advanced course.

If you have any queries about this course, or would like to make a booking, contact our friendly team on 0447 226 284.