The stride entry is used to enter water from a low height when water depth or potential obstacles are unknown (such as from a pontoon/low wharf or a low ledge at a waterhole).
- With arms out to the sides, take a large stride out and enter the water.
- Keeps legs astride, knees slightly bent, with head up to reduce level of submersion into the water.
The compact jump is used to enter from height into known deep water.
- Step or jump out and enter the water with both feet together, fold arms across chest. If wearing a lifejacket hold onto the shoulders of lifejacket with folded arms.
- Break jump once under water by tucking legs.
Teaching Tips and Class Management
- Number children off (1, 2, 1, 2).
- Students attempt stride entry when number is called.
- Remind students to move away from entry point.
- Ask students to check water is clear before jumping.
- As above, ensure students are well spaced before entering the water.