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Shark Series

On completion of the Angelfish Series, learners progress to the Shark Series. This series educates learners in basic water rescue and survival techniques as well as starts and turns for each of the strokes. On completion of the series learners will be able to swim 100 metres.


Shark 1

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform a shout and signal rescue to a weak swimmer, 5 metres away
  • Enter the water with a slide-in entry, swim 10 metres in a T-shirt, tread water for 30 seconds, remove T-shirt, and climb out
  • Swim 5 metres of a recognised front stroke, perform a head-first surface dive and swim 5 metres underwater
  • Swim 5 metres of a recognised front stroke, perform a feet-first surface dive, tuck, and swim 5 metres underwater
  • Swim 50 metres of a recognised front stroke. Learner’s first choice
  • Swim 50 metres of back crawl
  • Swim 25 metres of a recognised front stroke. Learner’s second choice
  • Swim 25 metres of Old English backstroke
  • Swim 25 metres of front crawl, demonstrating bilateral breathing
  • Perform a kneeling dive, depth of water permitting. If in shallow water, perform underwater push and glide for 5 metres

Learners may work towards the 50 metre Distance award and Dolphin 1.


Shark 2

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform a reaching rescue to a casualty up to 2 metres from the side
  • Throw a buoyant aid 3 metres to a target point in the pool
  • Enter the water with a step-in entry, swim 10 metres of a recognised stroke in a T-shirt and shorts, tread water for 1 minute, swim 5 metres of a recognised stroke, surface dive, swim 3 metres underwater, surface, climb out of the pool unassisted
  • Swim 75 metres during which the learners perform 3 recognised strokes with a smooth transition and the correct turns
  • Scull head first for 20 metres
  • Swim 10 metres of butterfly
  • Swim 20 metres of side stroke, wearing a T-shirt and shorts
  • Perform a plunge dive, swim width of pool or 7 metres, depth of water permitting. If in shallow water, submerge and push and glide on your side, roll onto the back and return to the surface with dolphin leg kick
  • Swim 4 x 1 width of individual medley, incorporating the appropriate transition procedure at the end of each stroke
  • Perform a backwards somersault

Learners may work towards the 75 metre Distance award and Dolphin 2.


Shark 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Throw a rope over 5 metres
  • Enter the water with a straddle entry, swim 25 metres in a recognised stroke in a T-shirt and shorts, tread water or scull support for 1 minute, tread water for 1 minute waving one arm, surface dive, swim 5 metres underwater, surface and remove clothing. If in shallow water, substitute straddle jump for step- in or slide-in entry
  • Swim 100 metres of a recognised stroke on the front, incorporating the appropriate start, turns, and finish. Learner’s first choice
  • Swim 50 metres of a recognised front stroke, incorporating the appropriate start, turns and finish. Learner’s second choice
  • Swim 100 metres of back crawl incorporating the appropriate start, turns and finish
  • Swim 25 metres of a fourth recognised stroke, not undertaken in the other tests
  • Swim 4 x 1 length of individual medley, incorporating the appropriate transition procedure at the end of each stroke
  • Perform a competitive start for two separate strokes using two different stances that is legal for the depth of water available
  • Swim 50 metres of side stroke or old English backstroke
  • Perform a head-first surface dive and pick up a sinkable toy from the bottom of the pool, minimum depth of 1.5 metres

Learners may work towards the 50 metre Distance award, Dolphin 2 and Kingfisher 3.


All information can also be found on the STA website.


STAnly First Steps Series
Goldfish Series
Angelfish Series
Shark Series
Advanced Swimmer Series
Platinum Award
Distance Series


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