SwimSafer Instructor Programme

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SwimSafer is a national water safety programme in Singapore introduced in July 2010 by the National Water Safety Council (NWSC), a council appointed by the then Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

The SwimSafer programme consists of six progressive stages, each comprising of about 12 hours of lesson time. Survival and activity skills are taught in each stage of the programme, working progressively toward the next stage.

At the end of each stage, each child will receive a stage completion certificate indicating his/ her individual skill achievements. A badge will be awarded upon the completion of each stage.

In addition, each child will be awarded a coloured pin upon completion of each stage 4 to 6.


The programme aims to teach swimming proficiency and water survival skills to children to minimize drowning incidences in a fun manner. These skills are necessary in view that more than 60% of drowning incidences in Singapore (from 2005 to 2008) occurred in open waters, such as the seas, rivers and reservoirs.


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SwimSafer Open Water Programme


SwimSafer Open Water Module is a complementary module under the SwimSafer programme. SwimSafer Open Water is designed to equip participants with the necessary water safety knowledge and survival skills in open water. The module is conducted in an open water environment to make the instructing of water safety as realistic as possible.


SwimSafer Open Water's objective is to make sure children gain the necessary water safety knowledge and survival skills in open water. To not only equip children, but also adults, with skills in open water safety, including proper swimming techniques in open water and correct fitting of a lifejacket. SwimSafer Open Water will educate participants on the unique risks and dangers present in open water as compared to swimming in a pool - uneven surfaces, river currents, sea undertow and the effects of changing weather - which pose challenges even for the most experienced water sports enthusiasts.



SwimSafer Instructor Programme

The SwimSafer Instructor Programme is an integrated programme combining the merits of the LTSP and NASSA into a single national framework. This programme ensures that students learn basic swimming, survival and lifesaving skills concurrently.


The SwimSafer Instructor programme is designed for existing swimming instructors.They attend a two-day course to familiarise themselves with the philosophy and methodology of the programme.


  • Introduction of new components such as drowning prevention techniques
  • Introduction of flotation survival techniques and water safety knowledge
  • Maximum Instructor Student Ratio (ISR) of 1:10 that is beneficial from a safety and educational perspective


$225.00 per participant (inclusive of course materials)


To register:

1. Please send an email to sport_trainingcentre@sport.gov.sg complete with your Name, NRIC No., Email Address, Mobile No., and attach a copy of your valid NROC card.

2. Visit our course calendar 


  1. Age 18 and above
  2. Valid National Registry of Coaches (NROC) membership

To maintain their SwimSafer Instructor accreditation, Instructors  must have/renew their NROC membership.  


Instructors' Engagement Forum

The Instructors’ Engagement Forum is a programme to engage and update current SwimSafer instructors on the development of the programme and to tackle issues at hand. Instructors will be able to share their feedback and at the same time be updated about the latest changes to the SwimSafer programme.


The Instructors' Engagement Forum's aim is to keep SwimSafer instructors updated with the latest information, should there be any changes and for Sports Singapore to listen to their feedbacks and problems they face with the SwimSafer programme.


Sports Singapore will invite the instructors through email.

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