1. Levels of mastery

  2. Skill sets

  3. Risk assessment

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Levels of mastery

Level
Can-do statements
Class hours
required to
reach this
level ***
Able to swim comfortably and move windward at Beaufort scale
Comfortable non-stop swimming distance at Beaufort scale 1
Average swimming speed at the longest distance at Beaufort scale 1
Safe distance offshore at Auroville beach at Beaufort scale 2
Safe distance from an accompanying boat or a swimming partner
Number of styles mastered fully
1
1
30 m
1 km/h
10 m
3 m
1
10-15
2
2
100 m
2 km/h
30 m
5 m
2
20-30
3
3
300 m
2.7 km/h
100 m
10 m
3
40-60
4
4
700 m
3.3 km/h
300 m
50 m
4
70-90
5
5
1.5 km
3.5 km/h
700 m
200 m
5
150-200
6
6+
3 km +
3.8+ km/h
2 km
2 km +
6+
200-300

*** the rough estimates do not include the homework hours, and are given for one-to-one classes attended by a taekwondo black-belt holder who has mastered all the hatha yoga breathing exercises and jala neti and who has practised raja yoga and achieved a high level of control over his mind (that is, someone who controls his body very well, is strong and flexible enough, has a great coordination, stamina, breath and mental control, and controls the flow of water in his nose)

Skill sets
struggling comfortable effortless
monitored by the degree of gasping, the pulse rate, speech control and coordination of movements

Skill description
Minimum required at level of mastery
1
2
3
4
5
6
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 0 for 5 minutes non-stop
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 1 for 10 minutes non-stop, at any angle to the wavefront
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 2 for 20 minutes non-stop, at any angle to the wavefront
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 3 for 30 minutes non-stop, at any angle to the wavefront
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 4 for 30 minutes non-stop, at any angle to the wavefront
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 5 for 30 minutes non-stop, at any angle to the wavefront
Floating on one's stomach, side, back at Beaufort scale 6 for 30 minutes non-stop, at any angle to the wavefront
Performing underwater rolls and flips at various speeds with lifting the soft palate and closing off the nose
Performing underwater rolls and flips at various speeds while exhaling, 5 minutes
Breathing in a vertical position while a torrent of water is falling on one's face, 5 minutes
Breathing in a horizontal position while a torrent of water is falling on one's face    
Breathing on one's back with one's head submerging under water for exhalation, 1 minute  
Breathing on one's back with one's head submerging under water for exhalation, 5 minutes    
Breathing on one's back with one's head submerging under water for exhalation, 10 minutes      
Holding the water in one's nose and breathing through one's mouth while lying on one's back horizontally, 1 minute
Holding the water in one's nose and breathing through one's mouth while lying on one's back horizontally, 5 minutes    
Holding the water in one's nose and speaking while lying on one's back horizontally, 5 minutes      
Jala neti (from nose into the mouth and the reverse) in the bent position
Jala neti (from nose into the mouth and the reverse) in the vertical position      
Draining the nose
Ability to clear one's nose (sneezing) in any position above or under water
Ability to clear one's throat in case of deep water penetration in any position above or under water  
Performing 20 full breathing cycles through the nose in 60 seconds
Performing 40 full breathing cycles through the nose in 100 seconds  
Performing 80 full breathing cycles through the nose in 160 seconds    
Performing 120 full breathing cycles through the nose in 100 seconds      
Performing 160 full breathing cycles through the nose in 80 seconds        
Holding one's breath after inhalation for 30 seconds, sitting
Holding one's breath after inhalation for 50 seconds, sitting  
Holding one's breath after inhalation for 70 seconds, sitting    
Holding one's breath after exhalation for 15 seconds, sitting
Holding one's breath after exhalation for 30 seconds, sitting  
Holding one's breath after exhalation for 45 seconds, sitting    
Holding one's breath after inhalation for 20 seconds, diving
Holding one's breath after inhalation for 30 seconds, diving    
Holding one's breath after inhalation for 50 seconds, diving      
Holding one's breath after exhalation for 10 seconds, diving
Holding one's breath after exhalation for 20 seconds, diving    
Holding one's breath after exhalation for 30 seconds, diving      
Mental control and coordination of movements while graying out
Can safely walk on the bottom in up to 1.5 m waves
Crossing the 0.5 m high breakers on AV beach in 2 ways and coming back safely
Crossing the 1 m high breakers on AV beach in 2 ways and coming back safely  
Crossing the 2 m high breakers on AV beach in 2 ways and coming back safely    
Crossing the 3 m high breakers on AV beach in 2 ways and coming back safely      
Crossing the 4 m high breakers on AV beach in 2 ways and coming back safely        
Crossing the 5 m high breakers on AV beach in 2 ways and coming back safely          
Breathing in the gap between the 0.5 m high waves (the chin touching the water all the time)
Breathing in the gap between the 1 m high waves (the chin touching the water all the time)  
Breathing in the gap between the 1.5 m high waves (the chin touching the water all the time)    
Breathing for 10 min at irregular intervals of up to 1 min
Controlling and releasing muscle cramps (both physically and purely mentally)
Pain and shock control (how much pain or shock affects coordination, breathing and mental state)
Treading water for 1 minute with one's head fully above the water
Treading water for 3 minutes with one's head fully above the water
Treading water for 5 minutes with one's head fully above the water
Treading water for 10 minutes with one's head fully above the water
Treading water for 1 minute with one's shoulders fully above the water
Treading water for 3 minutes with one's shoulders fully above the water
Treading water for 5 minutes with one's shoulders fully above the water
Treading water for 10 minutes with one's shoulders fully above the water
Swimming 30 m with 1 arm or 1 leg only
Swimming 100 m with 1 arm or 1 leg only  
Swimming 300 m with 1 arm or 1 leg only    
Swimming 700 m with 1 arm or 1 leg only      
Swimming 1 km with 1 arm or 1 leg only        
Maintaining a streamlined, horizontal body in front crawl
Maintaining a streamlined, horizontal body in back stroke  
Maintaining a streamlined, horizontal body in side stroke    
Maintaining a streamlined body in breast stroke      
Maintaining a streamlined body in a combination stroke (e.g. side kick+back stroke)      
Maintaining a streamlined body in underwater dolphin kick      
Speed of swimming with a flutter kick alone
low
low
medium
medium
fast
fast
Speed of swimming with a scissors kick alone  
low
low
medium
medium
fast
Speed of swimming with a frog kick alone  
low
low
medium
medium
fast
Speed of swimming with a dolphin kick alone    
low
low
medium
fast
Speed of swimming with a front crawl stroke alone
low
low
medium
medium
fast
fast
Speed of swimming with a breast stroke alone  
low
low
medium
medium
fast
Speed of swimming with a back crawl stroke alone  
low
low
medium
medium
fast
Speed of swimming with a side stroke alone    
low
low
medium
fast
Speed of swimming with a trudgen stroke alone      
low
medium
fast
Swimming 30 m in a straight line in 1 style with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 0, at any angle to the wavefront
Swimming 50 m in a straight line in 2 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 1 , at any angle to the wavefront  
Swimming 100 m in a straight line in 3 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 2 , at any angle to the wavefront    
Swimming 300 m in a straight line in 4 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 4 , at any angle to the wavefront      
Swimming 700 m in a straight line in 5 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 5 , at any angle to the wavefront        
Swimming 1 km in a straight line in 6 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 6 , at any angle to the wavefront
Swimming 30 m in a straight line in 1 style with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 0, at any angle to the wavefront
Swimming 50 m in a straight line in 2 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 1 , at any angle to the wavefront  
Swimming 100 m in a straight line in 3 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 2 , at any angle to the wavefront    
Swimming 300 m in a straight line in 4 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 4 , at any angle to the wavefront      
Swimming 700 m in a straight line in 5 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 5 , at any angle to the wavefront        
Swimming 1 km in a straight line in 6 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 6 , at any angle to the wavefront
Swimming 30 m in a circle of 10 m in 1 style with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 0  
Swimming 50 m in a circle of 10 m in 2 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 1    
Swimming 100 m in a circle of 10 m in 3 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 2      
Swimming 300 m in a circle of 10 m in 4 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 4        
Swimming 1 km in a circle of 10 m in 6 styles with one's eyes open at Beaufort scale 6
       
Swimming 30 m in a circle of 10 m in 1 style with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 0    
Swimming 50 m in a circle of 10 m in 2 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 1      
Swimming 100 m in a circle of 10 m in 3 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 2        
Swimming 1 km in a circle of 100 m in 6 styles with one's eyes closed at Beaufort scale 4          
Basic manouvering on the surface
Basic manouvering under the surface
Complex manouvering on the surface with eyes open  
Complex manouvering under the surface with eyes open  
Complex manouvering on the surface with eyes closed    
Complex manouvering under the surface with eyes closed    
Adjusting one's style to the rhythm, direction and size of the waves , eyes open    
Adjusting one's style to the rhythm, direction and size of the waves , eyes closed      
Managing and making use of currents  
Managing and making use of waves    
Ability to swim amongst sea weeds, fishing nets      
Ability to swim unaffected amongst a small, low-intensity area of stinging micro-jellies    
Ability to swim unaffected amongst a small, high-intensity area of stinging micro-jellies      
Ability to swim unaffected amongst a large, high-intensity area of stinging micro-jellies        
Effective management of the encounters with other sea life  
Accuracy in maintaining correct style in front crawl (requires flexibility and coordination)
low
low
medium
high
high
high
Accuracy in maintaining correct style in back crawl (requires flexibility and coordination)
low
low
medium
high
high
Accuracy in maintaining correct style in breast stroke (requires flexibility and coordination)
low
medium
high
high
Accuracy in maintaining correct style in side stroke (requires flexibility and coordination)
low
low
high
high
Accuracy in maintaining correct style in trudgen stroke (requires flexibility and coordination)
low
medium
high
Accuracy in maintaining correct style in underwater dolphin (requires flexibility and coordination)
medium
high
Coordination while changing from one style to another  
Mental control and composure away from any accompanying swimmer or a boat  
Assessment of the ocean condition for swimming  

Safety and risk assessment at different levels of mastery

Level
Risk of different types of injuries and drowning caused by
Passing through breakers, walking on the bottom
Waves and currents
Diving and shallow water drowning
Jelly fish
Other marine life
Lack of proper swimming technique
Lack of control over water in the nose and throat
Lack of breath control
Lack of mental control
Fishing boats, water scooters, etc
1
very high
very high
very high
very high
high
very high
very high
very high
very high
very high
2
high
very high
very high
very high
medium
very high
very high
very high
very high
very high
3
high
very high
very high
high
medium
very high
high
very high
very high
very high
4
medium
high
high
medium
low
high
high
high
very high
high
5
medium
medium
medium
medium
low
medium
medium
medium
high
medium
6
low
low
low
low
low
low
low
low
low
low