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Victorian Water Safety Certificate


The Certificate is a Victorian Government initiative that reflects the level of competency recommended by the swimming and water safety industry for students exiting primary school.  The Certificate is designed to supplement existing learn-to-swim programs.  Development of knowledge and skills relating to swimming and water safety can significantly reduce a child’s drowning risk and enhance community safety.

Certificate items include:

  • Water Safety Knowledge
  • Swim
  • Continuous Survival Sequence
  • Rescue Skills

The Certificate is free of charge for schools and aquatic facilities to order.

To view the Certificate items in detail, download a sample certificate below:

To download a Teacher’s Guide, click the link below:

To download answers to Certificate Item 1; Water Safety Knowledge, click the link below:

Please note:

The new online ordering system for the Victorian Water Safety Certificate has launched! To preview the system, please watch the following screen cast.

Key changes include:

  • Reduction in time to receive certificates – A link to download certificates will be emailed in real time.
  • Requirements for Schools / Swim Schools to upload student and swim school and school information – Certificates should be ordered only once a student achieves the competencies.
  • Reduction in time to fill out the certificates – Electronic certificates will be auto-populated with the student and swim school or school information provided.

 Rationale for change:

  • Demand – There has been a significant increase in orders following inclusion in the Victorian Curriculum;
  • Time – It is essential to reduce the time associated with processing orders and completing certificate details; and
  • Monitoring & Evaluation – It is vital to improve data collection, to better report to government and continue vital research and advocacy work.

To order certificates:

Note: This link will expire in 72 hours. Certificates will no longer be available to download once the link has expired.

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