Advanced Personal Water Survical and Swimming Skills Proficiency
Entries & Exits

  • Demonstrate a standing dive

Sculling & Body Orientation

  • Keep face above the water surface for 60 seconds using legs only

Underwater skills

  • Search for and recover an object in 1.8 m of water depth
  • Demonstrate equalising of ear/nose

Movement / Swimming / Strokes

  • Swim 400m continuously
  • 100m Breaststroke
  • 100m Front Crawl
  • 100 m Backstroke
  • 100m Survival Backstroke or Sidestroke
  • Efficient stroke techniques must be used

Survival & Activity skills

  • Dressed in swimwear, long pants, long sleeved shirt, shoes and socks, perform the following sequence
  • Enter deep water using an appropriate entry method swim 5 metres underwater to simulate an escape form a sinking boat surrounded by oil
  • Swim a further 45 metres as if escaping from a dangerous situation
  • Remove shoes and then swim slowly for further 50 metres using any preferred swim stroke occasionally signalling for help
  • Remove clothing in deep water. Fit PFD correctly while treading water, swim 100 metres using appropriate strokes
  • Demonstrate HELP technique and climb out of the water whilst wearing the PFD

Rescue Skills

  • Using a suitable buoyant aid, tow (noncontact) rescue of a person 10m from safety


  • Principles when performing a rescue