National Swimming and Water Safety Framework

"The Framework supports a structured and consistent understanding of swimming and water safety education across Australia"

Swimming is one of the joys of life. As well as being a vital life skill, the ability to swim opens up a raft of opportunities for people to enjoy a healthy, active and safe lifestyle and to confidently participate in aquatic recreational and sporting activities.

The National Swimming and Water Safety Framework's ultimate goal is to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australians for lifelong safe and active participation in physical aquatic activities and recreation.

It sets out a core structure to enable people to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and behaviours they need to enjoy a range of aquatic environments safely.

The Framework is intended for those that influence the learning opportunities and experiences for swimming and water safety education and guides those responsible for developing, providing or selecting a swimming and water safety program.

Research into how swimming and water safety skills are attained has informed the development of the Framework.

Listen to the video to learn more about some of the key findings from the research that underpins the Framework and what it aims to achieve.

National Benchmarks

Three National Benchmarks for Swimming and Water Safety have been established as the desired competency standards every Australian should have. The benchmarks identify key performance metrics that are achievable at certain ages.

Minimum competencies by the age of 6 years  Minimum competencies by the age of 12 years 

Minimum competencies by the age of 17 years

Minimum competencies by the age of 6 years

Minimum competencies by the age of 12 years

Minimum competencies by the age of 17 years

In Partnership With

The Framework was developed in consultation and collaboration with representatives across the aquatic industry, the education sector and academia. Key industry organisations have shown their commitment to improving the standard of swimming and water safety education by endorsing the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework.