All children aged 5 to 12 that wish to participate in Woodside Nippers must complete a Preliminary Evaluation.

Preliminary Evaluations

The Preliminary Evaluations are in place to ensure that participants are fit and able to meet the requirements of the Woodside Nippers Program.

The evaluations consist of a swim/glide and survival float component which may be conducted at the beach or in a pool (see table below for each age group requirement). Your club may utilise third-party sign offs provided they are from a registered Learn to Swim provider. In this situation parents will need to provide evidence of the highest swimming level completed by their child in the form of a certificate.

Your club will advise you of their process regarding preliminary evaluation.

Age Group
Preliminary Evaluations
U6 Minimum depth – 1m Perform a back or front float for minimum of 5 seconds, recover to stand.

Submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hand (e.g. dive ring)

Push and glide from pool wall (distance 1-2m) recover to stand.

Wade through water (5m) float on back or front (5 sec) recover to stand, submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands, recover to stand.

U7 Minimum depth – 1m Perform a back or front float for minimum of 5 seconds, recover to stand.

Submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hand (e.g. dive ring)

Push and glide from pool wall, kick (distance 2-3m) recover to stand.

Wade through water (5m) float on back or front (5 sec) recover to stand, submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands, recover to stand.

U8 Minimum depth – 1m Perform a back or front float for minimum of 5 seconds, recover to stand.

Submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hand (e.g. dive ring)

From pool wall swim on front any stroke (20m) followed by swim underwater (3-5m)

Swim on front through water any stroke 20m, followed by back or front float (5 sec) followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands. (Do not recover to stand in between each task)

U9 Minimum depth – 1.5m Perform a front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec each side.

Tread water and/or sculling for minimum 1 min.

Submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands (e.g. dive ring)

Survival breaststroke and/ or sidestroke and/ or back sculling for minimum 50m

Swim on front through water using combination of breaststroke, sidestroke, freestyle for 50m followed by tread water and/or sculling for minimum 1 min, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands. (do not recover to stand in between each task)

U10 Minimum depth – 1.5m Perform a front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec each side.

Tread water and/or sculling for minimum 1 min.

Submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands (e.g. dive ring)

Swim on front through water any stroke for 25m followed by survival breaststroke and/ or sidestroke and/ or back sculling for minimum 50m

Swim on front through water using combination of breaststroke, sidestroke, freestyle for 50m followed by tread water and/or sculling for minimum 1 min, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands. (Do not recover to stand in between each task)

U11 Minimum depth – 1.5m Perform a front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec each side.

Tread water and/ or sculling for minimum 2 min

Submerge to perform forward or backward roll underwater, recover to surface, retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands (e.g. dive ring)

Swim on front through water any stroke for 50m followed by survival breaststroke and/ or sidestroke and/ or back sculling for minimum 50m

Swim on front through water using combination of breaststroke, sidestroke, freestyle for 50m followed by tread water and/ or sculling for minimum 2 min, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands. (Do not recover to stand in between each task)

U12 Minimum depth – 1.8m Perform a front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec each side

Tread water and/ or sculling for minimum 3 min

Submerge to perform forward or backward roll underwater, recover to surface, retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands (e.g. dive ring)

Swim on front through water any stroke for 100m followed by survival breaststroke and/ or sidestroke and/ or back sculling for minimum 50m

Swim on front through water using a combination of breaststroke, sidestroke, freestyle for 100m, followed by tread water and/ or sculling for minimum 3 min, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands. (Do not recover to stand in between each task)

U13 Minimum depth – 1.8m Perform a front to back float or back to front float – 5 sec each side

Tread water and/ or sculling for minimum 3 min

Submerge to perform forward or backward roll underwater, recover to surface, retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands (e.g. dive ring)

Swim on front through water any stroke for 100m followed by survival breaststroke and/ or sidestroke and/ or back sculling for minimum 50m

Swim on front through water using a combination of breaststroke, sidestroke, freestyle for 100m, followed by tread water and/ or sculling for minimum 3 min, followed by submerge to retrieve object from bottom of pool with hands. (Do not recover to stand in between each task)