Stride and Compact Jump

Feet first entries are always recommended to protect your head and spine. The two entries outlined below can be used across a number of different scenarios.

Stride entry

stride step one
stride step one

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.

Compact jump

The compact jump is used to enter from height into known deep water.

  1. 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.
  2. Break jump once under water by tucking legs.

Teaching Tips and Class Management

Stride Entry

  1. Number children off (1, 2, 1, 2).
  2. Students attempt stride entry when number is called.
  3. Remind students to move away from entry point.
  4. Ask students to check water is clear before jumping.

Compact Jumps

  1. As above, ensure students are well spaced before entering the water.

numbering off alternating line

Technique and Awareness of Surroundings.

Where entry is intentional, injury can be caused by incorrect technique or failure to check for depth or unknown hazards.