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Active Award 7 

Senior Swim and Survive

To achieve this award you must be able to:

1. Demonstrate an entry technique selected by the examiner.

2. Demonstrate an efficient eggbeater kick without use of arms.

3. Swim 300 metres continuously using correct techniques: 
    a. 100 metres freestyle 
    b. 50 metres backstroke 
    c. 50 metres breaststroke 
    d. 50 metres sidestroke and 
    e. 50 metres survival backstroke.

4. Dressed in swimwear, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, jumper, shoes and socks, perform the following continuous sequence: 
    a. Dive and swim a distance underwater to simulate an escape from a sinking boat surrounded by oil 
    b. Swim a further 40 metres freestyle as if escaping from a dangerous situation 
    c. Remove shoes while treading water and then swim slowly 50 metres breaststroke 
    d. Float, survival scull or tread water for 5 minutes and wave one arm occasionally as if signalling for help; reassure any nearby candidates by talking to them 
    e. Swim slowly for 200 metres using survival strokes, changing strokes every 50 metres 
    f. Remove clothing in deep water.

5. Fit a PFD correctly while treading water, swim 100 metres using survival strokes, demonstrate HELP technique and climb out of the water whilst wearing the PFD.

6. Perform a throw rescue using a weighted rope over a distance of 10 metres within a time limit of 1 minute.

7. Wade to a partner and pull them to safety using a towel or item of clothing as an aid.

8. Answer questions on water safety and personal survival techniques indicating a thorough knowledge of basic concepts.

Swim butterfly for 25 metres using an efficient stroke and correct breathing technique.


#19 Safe Boating: Always wear a lifejacket when boating and be well prepared before heading out.

#20 Be Cool: Be cool but not a fool around water. Accidents happen when people ignore rules.

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