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FAQs for P3 SwimSafer

    Taken From MOE Website

  1. Is swimming compulsory for primary school students? 

    The ability to swim is a required learning outcome within the PE Syllabus 2014, thus all primary schools are required to offer a swimming programme to their pupils. The swimming programme is part of the broad-based movement education for all our pupils that covers a variety of learning areas in PE. Through the swimming programme, the pupils will learn to be water-safe and acquire life-long swimming skills.

  2. Can I opt my child out of the swimming programme?
    The ability to swim is part of movement education within the Physical Education (PE) Syllabus 2014. Furthermore, water safety and water survival skills are essential for a child’s safety. Hence, all pupils are required to participate in the swimming programme unless there are strong medical reasons for the child to be exempted. Permission for exemption must be sought from the school.

  3. Can my child be exempted from the school swimming programme if he/she already possesses Swimsafer Stage 1 certification?
    No. Children with SwimSafer Stage 1 certification should move on to Stage 2 or higher in order to acquire the necessary swimming skills. 


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  4. What is the duration of the swimming programme?
    Refer to programme
  5. 07 30 – Reporting time
  6. 07 45 – Travel to Tampines Swimming Complex
  7. 08 15 – Swimming starts
  8. 09 35 – Rinse & Change
  9. 09 55 – Return to school
  10. 10 15 – Recess break

  11. Can my child report to school at 10 45 if he/she is exempted from the school swimming programme?
    No. Children who are exempted from the school swimming programme will be engaged in PE-related activities in the school.

  12. Can my child report straight to the swimming pool for the swimming lesson since we live near the swimming pool?
    Yes. Arrangement can be made with the class PE teacher prior to the start of the programme. The arrangement should be fixed for all the swimming sessions.

  13. Do I need to pay for the swimming programme?
    No. The programme is fully sponsored by Singapore Sports and Ministry of Education.