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Did you know that the Victorian Curriculum anticipates that students are able to demonstrate the competencies outlined in the Victorian Water Safety Certificate by the time they leave Year 6?
The Victorian Water Safety Certificate is a Victorian Government initiative, which describes specific competencies that should be achieved by the time students reach the end of primary school. The certificate describes specific competencies that focus on water safety knowledge, rescue skills, a survival sequence and the ability to swim a continuous distance of 50 metres. The certificate is designed to supplement existing swimming & water safety programs delivered by schools and learn-to-swim providers.
Once a student has achieved the competencies of the VWSC, schools and learn-to-swim providers can order the certificates from Life Saving Victoria’s Online Portal.
To receive the VWSC, students need to achieve the following competencies
A range of resources are available to help with understanding, assessing and promoting the VWSC.Teacher's guide
The Teacher Guide provides support for the assessment of the Certificate competencies.Question and answer sheets
Question and Answer sheets may be used to support the assessment of the knowledge component outlined on the VWSC. These do not have to be conducted under test conditions, and teachers are encouraged to determine the best way to assess these competencies.
Understanding the VWSC
Translated flyers for parents
The online ordering system for the Victorian Water Safety Certificate makes it easy for schools and aquatic centres to directly download certificates.
Save time using the online ordering system:
Step 1 - Enter your details
Step 2 - Easily upload student info
Step 3 - The system automatically generates individual certificates for each student
Step 4 - Download certificates!
We’ve designed the system to save you time, verify competencies have been achieved and improve program administration.
Please note: To process your certificate order, you will need the following information:
Name and physical address of the school the students attend
Name and physical address of the swim school/aquatic venue where students completed the certificate
Name and AUSTSWIM number or equivalent (optional) of the Swim Teacher / Teacher issuing the certificate
Individual student first and last names*
Individual student genders*
Individual student year levels*
There are two options to upload student details:
Complete the csv template (download now) with student full names, gender and year level, and upload; or
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