Safe Exit

Safe Exit  #

Introduction  #

The Safe Exit safety skillSafety skillA method which improves the ability to interact with water in a way that increases the likelihood of avoiding and/or recovering from a hazardous aquatic situation. develops the Safe Exit CompetencySafe Exit CompetencySafe Exit Competency is the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to exit aquatic environments without harming or placing inappropriate risk on oneself or others. Physical abilities associated with this competency include being able to walk, climb, lift, pull, or otherwise move out of the water. Cognitive abilities include determining how to exit a body of water safely by identifying, understanding, and evaluating the benefits and challenges posed by specific locations and features, as well as being able to create a plan for exiting both before and after entering an aquatic environment. and Risk CompetencyRisk CompetencyRisk Competency is the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to understand, analyze, and assess the risks of aquatic environments, and to be able to cope with risk by applying risk-management strategies. Cognitive abilities associated with this competency include problem solving, analyzing options, and determining how best to avoid or reduce risks in a given situation. Affective abilities include responding to stimuli and situations in a calm manner and an awareness of how emotions can affect decision making. . The objective is to teach students how to identify a safe exit location and exit the water safely. Teaching or reinforcing these skills is an important reminder to students who are already comfortable in the water and necessary for students who are unsure of how to exit a body of water, or should they unexpectedly enter the water, and need to exit on their own. Instruction topics should include why being able to exit the water correctly is important for their safety as well as the safety of others.

Description  #

The Safe Exit safety skill is defined by the following body posturePostureThe particular way the body is held while doing an activity. Mobility specialists define posture as the way you position your body or arrange your limbs, such as “to stand up straight with your shoulders back and your chin up.” , arm formsFormThe visible shape or configuration of something. Mobility specialists define form as an arrangement of the elements in a composition; the way something (or someone) is shaped or arranged. , leg forms, breathing, and timing characteristics and features.

Knowledge objectives  #

  1. Identify why being able to exit the water safely is an important safety skill.
  2. Identify why knowing where to exit BEFORE entering the water is important for safety.
Safe Exit Description  #

Exit sequence

  1. Begin with body in water facing pool wall
  2. Place both hands on pool deck
  3. Raise torso above deck surface
  4. Bend one knee and place leg on pool deck
  5. Lean forward to bring other leg up onto pool deck
  6. Stand up on deck
Safe Exit Demonstration  #

Video demonstration of the skill.

Assessment  #

Scoring  #

The following scoring rubricScoring rubricA guide that includes rating scales and descriptions of one or more criteria used to evaluate the performance of a skill. lists the gradients of key requirements and deficiencies that provide an overall description of different competence levels. A single score is assigned based on the instructor’s judgment of the student’s performance.

Safe Exit Scoring Rubric  #

1

Exhibits any of the following:

  • Needs instructor assistanceAssistance / AssistedPerforming a skill or a component of a skill with the use of a structure, instructor, or flotation aid.

2

Performs all of the following:

  • Exits without instructor assistance

Exhibits any of the following:

  • Needs pool features other than the pool bottom, such as: a ladder, steps, or a zero-depth/beach entry

3

Performs all of the following:

  • Exits without instructor assistance
  • Places both hands on the deck and raises torso above the water surface

Exhibits any of the following:

  • Does not raise torso above the deck surface
  • Pushes off the pool bottom
  • Lays or rolls onto the deck

4

Performs all of the following:

  • Exits without instructor assistance and without pushing off the pool bottom
  • Places both hands on the deck and raises torso above the deck surface
  • Bends knees to bring one leg up at a time onto the pool deck