The STA Pool Snorkelling Programme is a series of 3 progressive awards (levels 1, 2 and 3), which are designed to introduce anyone from the age of 8 to the skills and techniques required for safe and enjoyable snorkelling in a pool environment.
All participants must be a minimum of 8 years of age and competent swimmers.
Competent Swimmers are defined as:
Levels 1 and 2 – Swimmers who are able to:
- Swim unaided for at least 50m.
- Enter deep water by jumping /striding and recover to a swimming/tread water position.
- Swim without swimming goggles.
- Tread water/float for a minimum period of 30 seconds. (e.g. Swimmers holding Shark 1 or equivalent.)
Levels 3 – in addition to the skills above swimmers who are able to:
- Swim unaided for at least 100m
- Tread water/float for a minimum period of 1 minute (e.g. Swimmers holding Shark 3 or equivalent)
Students who successfully demonstrate competence in all the assessment criteria and achieve the prescribed learning outcomes will be eligible for the appropriate Pool Snorkelling Award (levels 1-3). These are available for purchase in advance from the STA.
Swimming Teachers and/or Teacher/Examiners are able to teach the Snorkelling Awards within their lesson programme provided they attend a seminar of instruction.
Holders of an appropriate Snorkelling Instructors certificate do not need to attend this seminar.