ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT

Royal Life Saving Society - Australia, in collaboration with Sport Australia has developed the Athlete Participation Framework (APF).

The APF is our ‘waterway of development’ and the purpose is to:

  • describe RLSSA athlete and coach pathway;

  • detail athlete characteristics and how they develop through each stage;

  • outline the developmental needs for athletes and coaches, environment and the aligned support services; and

  • to confirm how the sport is led and managed.

​The APF is based on the AIS framework - Foundations, Talent, Elite and Mastery (FTEM), the National Swimming and Water Safety Framework the SportAus Draft Physical Literacy Standard to align the pathway stages.

 

The model consists of the four-major development and performance levels which are further broken down into the following ten microphases.

The Athlete Participation Framework integrates three key outcomes of Pool Lifesaving participation:

  • active participation in swimming and water safety

  • swimming and lifesaving skills development and;

  • sporting excellence.

 

By categorising the key features of a sportsperson or athlete within each of these pathways, we can encapsulate the relevant research and expectations of athletes throughout their Lifesaving journey.

It also provides practical methods to assist sport stakeholders managing an athlete's career and those who work in developing sport systems.

This enhanced understanding of lifesaving sport pathways will help us to improve the experiences of more people, at more levels of the pathway, more often.

Overview

Foundation

F1

LEARNING AND ACQUISITION OF BASIC MOVEMENT

Learning a range of fundamental swimming and water safety skills

F2

EXTENSION AND REFINEMENT OF MOVEMENT

Participating in Swimming and Water Safety Games and Activities in a social, fun and team environment

F3

SPORT SPECIFIC COMMITMENT AND/OR COMPETITION

Participating in Pool Lifesaving for a local club and attending organised coaching sessions.

Talented

T1

DEMONSTRATION OF POTENTIAL

Talent spotted at Regional Competition or nominated by local club and/or invited to try out for State/Territory based developmental squad.

T2

TALENT VERIFICATION

Confirmed as a potential talent for State/Territory Teams & National Events and Junior Barra's or Silver Barra's Development Squads

T3

PRACTISING AND ACHIEVING

Committed to daily training and competition within State/Territory or National Junior Barra's or Silver Barra's Development Squads

T4

BREAKTHROUGH AND REWARD

National Silver Barra's or Aussie Barra's development squad member. Medalist at National Championships

High Performance

E1

SENIOR ELITE REPRESENTATION

Australian Youth Lifesaving Team or Australian Lifesaving Team representative at international events

E2

SENIOR ELITE SUCCESS

A member of the Australian Lifesaving Team and a medal winner at a major senior benchmark event

M

MASTERY SUSTAINED ELITE SUCCESS

An integral and longstanding member of the Australian Lifesaving Team, winning multiple medals at National and International Events

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