The Queensland Government is committed to providing a high quality water safety and swimming education program and developed the:
Queensland state schools, in Prep to Year 6, are required to offer a water safety and swimming program. Participation in these programs by students is not compulsory. Parents can choose for their child not to participate.
To support schools to implement water safety and learn to swim programs, the Department of Education has developed the
water safety and swimming education program. All resources are based on current water safety and learn to swim best practice and are aligned to the:
- draft National Swimming and water safety framework
- Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (HPE) achievement standards and content descriptions
- department's Prep to Year 10 HPE Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials.
The program provides eight lessons for each band of years (Prep, Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, and Years 9 and 10). Supporting materials for implementing the program include guidelines, sequence of competency, competency checklists, glossary and curriculum alignment resources. The program is available to all Queensland state and non-state schools through the Learning Place and
Schools are encouraged to include water safety and swimming as part of the delivery of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and determine the best method of delivery using school-based staff and/or qualified external providers.
statement of expectations: water safety and learn to swim programs (PDF, 2.6MB) provides additional information about targeted programs, training, qualifications and competencies.
Schools must complete a
Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) that complies with the requirements outlined in the specific water location
guidelines. Additional risks, hazards and control measures supplied by an external provider must be included with this risk assessment.
The Queensland Government also committed to providing additional funding for state primary and special schools without a pool to support water safety and swimming programs. The
learn to swim funding is calculated and paid to schools automatically.
Water safety and swimming grant application process
Further to the Learn to Swim funding, the
Water safety and swimming grant is now available to state primary and special schools without pools. Applications have opened and will close on 6 November 2020. For details on eligilibity, how to apply and the criteria applications are assessed against, download the
Water safety and swimming grant application form (DOCX, 377KB).
For further information, enquiries can be sent to