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Media Release by Singapore Sports Council (SSC) - 18 March 2010
NEW NATIONAL WATER SAFETY PROGRAMME INTRODUCED by Singapore Sports Council (SSC)
SwimSafer to replace Learn-To-Swim Programme and National Survival Swimming Award, with emphasis on drowning prevention.
A new national water safety programme, SwimSafer was introduced today with the aim of imparting Singaporeans, especially children, with the necessary water safety knowledge and a wide range of water survival skills as a safeguard against drowning. This came about when the National Water Safety Council (NWSC) called for a review of the existing national water safety programmes and it was construed that a single national framework with an emphasis on drowning prevention was needed. SwimSafer will be rolled out at public swimming pools on 5 July 2010. With this, it would mean that all instructors teaching at any of the Singapore Sports Council's (SSC) 24 swimming complexes will have to be SwimSafer certified, as well as conducting swimming classes based on the SwimSafer syllabus.
The SwimSafer Programme comprises six stages - SwimSafer Stage 1 and progressively, Stage 2, Stage 3, Bronze, Silver and Gold that incorporate the essential elements of swimming, water survival and life saving skills to prepare students to react appropriately when faced with sudden and adverse aquatic situations. Click here to know more!
 
NATIONAL SURVIVAL SWIMMING AWARD (NASSA)
 
Introduction To NASSA Survival Courses
The objectives of the National Survival Swimming Award (NASSA) scheme is to enhance the water confidence of swimmers by encouraging them to learn the necessary water safety knowledge and survival swimming skills so that they can learn to save themselves and prevent accidents in the water. The NASSA award test will assess the knowledge and competence in the basic skills of survival swimming. It comprises of 4 types of awards - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Gold Star.

NASSA Bronze registration form

NASSA Bronze

NASSA BRONZE
1) Straddle or tuck jump entry from the side of the pool, and swim 50m.
2) Demonstrate ability to “drown-proof” for 1 minute.
3) Tread water for 3 minutes.
4) Undress in water and demonstrate ability to make float from attire.
5) Swim 400 metres using any strokes.
6) One surface dive must be executed and swim submerged for at least 5 m.
7) Climb out from the deep end of the pool without the use of steps or assistance.

 

 

 

 

NASSA Silver registration form NASSA Silver

NASSA SILVER
1) Straddle or tuck jump entry from the side of the pool, and swim 100 m within 4 minutes.
2) Demonstrate ability to “drown-proof” for 1 minute.
3) Tread water using one arm, with one arm at the back of the body for 1 minute.
4) Tread water using both arms immediately for 3 minutes.
5) Undress in water, make float with attire and use it to swim 25 m using legs only.
6) Swim 200 m using backstroke, swim 200 m using sidestroke, swim 400 m using front stroke (breast/freestyle)
7) During the course of this swim (front stroke), the participant must execute 2 dives: 1 head first, and 1 legs first. (Each dive must swim   submerged for at least 5 m)
8) Climb out form the deep end of the pool without the use of steps or assistance.

 

NASSA Gold registration form NASSA Gold

NASSA GOLD
1) Demonstrate a compact jump
2) Straddle or tuck jump into the deep end of the pool, and swim 100 m within 3 minutes.
3) Demonstrate ability to “drown-proof” for 1 minute.
4) Tread water with one hand waving and held up for 1 minute and the raised hand may be changed no more than 5 times.
5) Tread water with both arms immediately for 5 minutes.
6) Undress in water, make float with attire and use it to swim 25 m using legs only.
7) Deflate float in water and inflate again before swimming another 25 m with the float using legs only.
8) Swim 300 m using backstroke, swim 300 m using sidestroke, swim 400 m using front stroke (breast/freestyle), within 45 minutes.
9) During the course of this swim (front stroke), the participant must execute 2 dives head first, and 2 dives legs first. (Each dive must swim submerged for at least 5 m)
10) Climb out from the deep end of the pool without the use of steps or assistance.

 

NASSA Goldstar registration form NASSA Goldstar

NASSA GOLDSTAR
1) Effect  an entry from 3 metres platform with life jacket on and swim to the side of the pool. Climb out and remove life jacket.
2) Straddle or tuck jump into the water and swim 100 metres in any strokes within 2 1/2 minutes.
3) Put on life jacket thrown in from side of the pool and remain in "HELP" position for 1 minute.
4)Swim with life jacket for 50 metres, proceed to remove life jacket and attire in the water.
5) Swim 1500 metres in 3 different strokes within 45 minutes (500 metres Backstroke, 500 metres Sidestroke and 500 metres Freestyle or Breaststroke).
6) Climb out from the deep end of the pool without the use of steps or assistance.

NATIONAL SURVIVAL SWIMMING AWARD (NASSA) TEST

1) Objectives 
• Enhance water confidence 
• Water safety and water survival awareness for the prevention of accidents for swimmers’ safety 
2) Test Attire 
• Male      - Long pants, long-sleeved shirt / T-shirt 
• Female   - Dress / slacks, long-sleeved blouse / shirt / T-shirt 
• Children (below 12 years old) – Long / short-sleeve shirt 
3) Test Venue 
• NASSA-approved swimming pools 
• Gold Star award conducted at Toa Payoh and Queenstown pools only 
4) Register 
• Singapore Sports Council swimming pools / NASSA coach
5) Duration- 1 hour

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