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NATIONAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY HUB

NATIONAL SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY FRAMEWORK

Introduction

Learning and participation in swimming and water safety activities are vital in reducing the number of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents in Australia. It is also vitally important to support broader community outcomes such as improving health and welfare, creating a more skilled workforce and increasing the rate of participation in physical activity.

Aim


The National Swimming and Water Safety
Framework (the Framework) aims to enable
individuals to develop the skills, knowledge,
understanding, attitudes and behaviours
required to lead safe and active lives in, on
and around a range of aquatic environments.

Scope


The Framework encourages and supports
participation from the early years, throughout primary and secondary school years and beyond as a lifelong activity. 


While the Framework will be primarily used for children, it must be emphasised that it can be entered at any age during one’s lifespan, enabling those who have had little or no access to a swimming and water safety education.

Key Considerations


The Framework is mindful that participation
will be influenced by many external factors
such as access to facilities or safe learning
environments, costs, parental support and
quality teaching.


The Framework takes a holistic approach to
learning and is informed by research and
practice to provide a pathway to support
safe physical activity and recreation in, on
and around water.

Intended Use

The Framework is intended for those who influence the learning opportunities and experiences of individuals in developing swimming and water safety capabilities. It ensures those individuals are provided with the essential skills to keep them safer in, on and around water.

Government
Education Sector
Swim Schools
Teachers
Parents
Individuals
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The framework supports a structured and consistent understanding of swimming and water safety education in Australia

GST and Swimming and Water Safety

The following is extracted from the Australian Taxation Office Website - GST and personal aquatic survival skills

The supply of a first aid or lifesaving course is GST-free if:

  • the course mainly involves training people in first aid, resuscitation or other similar lifesaving skills (including 'personal aquatic survival skills' but not 'swimming lessons'), and

  • the course provider is qualified.

 

The course provider is qualified if:

  • the instructor holds a training qualification for that course issued by    

    • AUSTSWIM Ltd

    • Surf Lifesaving Australia Ltd, or

    • The Royal Lifesaving Society – Australia

  • it is a registered training organisation offering competencies contained in the GST regulations.

 

Courses that mostly involve training in surf lifesaving or aero-medical rescue are GST-free even if part of the course is swimming lessons.

A personal aquatic survival skill lets a person survive and/or be safe in the water.

Personal aquatic survival skills include:

  • sculling

  • treading water

  • floating

  • safe entry and exit from the water

  • techniques for clothed swimming survival

  • use of devices to assist rescue, and

  • basic swimming skills.

 

Basic swimming skills prevent people from drowning or enable them to move away from a dangerous situation in the water – for example, to move away from a burning vessel. We consider that people have acquired all necessary basic swimming skills when they have completed a swimming and water safety program that is consistent with the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework.

Components of the Framework

Learning and participation in swimming and water safety activities are vital in reducing the number of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents in Australia. It is also vitally important to support broader community outcomes such as improving health and welfare, creating a more skilled workforce and increasing the rate of participation in physical activity.

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Development Milestones

Development milestones are provided to guide a progressive pathway across the strands. They describe competencies that students should achieve as they participate in swimming and water safety activities.


Not only do the development milestones support student progression, they can be used as indicators to measure competency at any point of time and as outcomes of each stage.


Explanations are provided for each development milestone to clarify the meaning of what should be taught in order to achieve the milestone.

The development milestones will help to:

  • Provide indicators across the strands to support progression towards the stage outcomes

  • Ascertain where an individual is placed within the swimming and water safety framework

  • Identify gaps that need greater attention or areas that could be extended

  • Guide the development of skills required to support safe lifelong participation in aquatic activity