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Swimsafer Instructor Course

The SwimSafer™ 2.0 is a National Water Safety Programme in Singapore designed to teach participants how to stay safe around aquatic environments. The programme aims to teach swimming proficiency and water survival skills in a fun manner. 

There are 6 progressive levels.  On successful completion of each stage, an e-certificate is issued via the ActiveSG portal.

SwimSaferTM 2.0 Programme

The objective is to develop confidence and independence in the water, learn general and deep-end water safety. Techniques taught include the forward and backward movement, safe entry and exit, and personal water safety.

General skill development includes unassisted step entry into the water, sculling, feet first surface dives, personal water safety skills as well as water safety in aquatic environments. One of the goals is to achieve 25 metres of continuous swimming.

Entry skills such as the stride jump will be taught. Skills include sculling, underwater skills and putting on a personal flotation device (PFD) whilst in water and swimming with it. One of the goals is to achieve 50 metres of continuous swimming.

Development of student’s stroke techniques is a focus here, along with coordinated breathing in deep water. This stage sees the introduction of throw rescues and more personal survival skills. One of the goals is to achieve 100 metres of a variety of strokes.

Fundamentals of diving will be introduced. Development of personal survival knowledge will continue with a situational context of swimming quickly away from a sinking boat. Students will be required to demonstrate efficient stroke techniques by swimming a variety of strokes over 200 metres within a given time frame.

Students will be required to perform a variety of strokes with efficiency over 400 metres within a given time frame for each stroke. Personal survival skills like making use of clothing to make a personal floatation device and swimming with them, putting on a life jacket in water, and demonstrating the Heat Escape Lessening Posture technique will be taught.

Download the Programme details

How to enrol?

There are 2 ways to participate in SwimSafer. 

  1. Through school - please enquire with your respective school office.
  2. Register privately with a SportSG SwimSafer accredited swimming instructor. This can be found via the National Register of Coaches Find a Coach-ActiveSG (

PLEASE NOTE: All SwimSafer certificates are issued as electronic certificates (e-certs).  In order to access an e-cert, the student must have an ActiveSG account PRIOR to registering for the SwimSafer programme. (All candidates 11 or under to have an account register via their parent’s ActiveSG account).

To register for an ActiveSG Membership account, please click ActiveSG Membership to proceed.  For more information on ActiveSG Membership, please click ActiveSG Membership Registration.  

All assessments & payment must be registered into the SwimSafer system more than 14 days in advance of the assessment date.


General enquiries

For enquiries, please email


Download Programme Details

Download Water Safety Knowledge 

[For Instructors] SwimSafer Cancellation & Refund Form

[For Instructors & Assessors] SwimSafer Assessment Changes Form

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