Svenska Livräddningssällskapet


SLS swim school

To the parents of the pupils

The swim schools of today are different to when you learnt to swim: children now learn much more than just swimming. Swim school is now synonymous with water safety.

The first skill your child will learn is water confidence. The skills associated with water confidence are keeping balance, orientation and floating in the water. Only once these skills have been learned is swimming taught.

At swim school, children learn how to behave in the water, ride a boat and go out on the ice. We call this Swimming, Boat and Ice safety.

The children learn to wear a lifejacket at all times when they are on the pier, fishing for crabs, riding a boat, etc.

In case of accidents and the child ends up in the water they must keep still in a huddled position and wait for help. That is why we have no clothed swimming at swim school.

There is currently no underwater swimming at swim school. Modern research has shown that underwater swimming can be dangerous.

The children also learn how to help a person in distress in the water. They learn to throw a lifebuoy to the person in distress and not to jump in themselves unless they have something between them and the person in distress. This is called the
'the extended arm'.

The children learn how to make a 112 emergency call.

Learning how to be Sun smart is also an important skill that the children learn at swim school.

Each new skill is awarded with a certificate at swim school. Learning starts with water confidence exercises for beginners. Then the skills level increases with breaststroke, backstroke and lifesaving exercises for parents to feel completely safe when their children are out swimming.

In 5th grade at school, all children must know how to swim and be able to manage emergency situations in or around water. SLS has developed the Bronsboj (bronze buoy) in collaboration with the National Education Agency to clarify the curriculum requirements.

Welcome to the swim school!