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Level 1 WaterwomEn PROGRAMME

Our Level 1 WaterWomen Programme has been specially designed to provide a supportive, low-stress and 'macho-free' learning environment for our female athletes. Whether you're completely new to ocean environments, feel the need to level-up, or simply want to feel more capable and confident around the water, this programme will provide you with the strong knowledge base and good habits that you need.

Our WaterWomen programmes are women only (obviously!), small-group affairs...which means you can learn in an environment where everyone has similar goals and learning needs.

We often tailor programme start times to fit around busy schedules (such as school drop-offs) and welcome small groups of students who would like to study together.

The Level 1 WaterWomen Programme aims to increase your knowledge, your capability and your confidence in the water.

Course Overview

Students begin their learning for Level 1 via our dedicated Online Learning Hub, which is designed to support learning every step of the way and provide access to much of the theory behind watermanship in a self-paced environment.

Our aim in the Level 1 WaterWomen Programme is to give students the understanding of why we do things and how the body reacts to certain situations.

This is followed by fun, challenging and realistic confined-water training which is tailored to individual experience and local beach conditions. 

Practical training covers areas such as:

  • Breath Hold and Apnea

  • Swimming in the surf

  • Freestyle and sidestroke swimming techniques

  • The Buddy System

  • Black Out Rescue

  • Marine environment hazard identification

  • Ocean preparedness

  • Sea Survival

  • First aid and Rescue

  • Panic and Fear Management

course length

1 day.

+ 1 day Consolidation Training to move onto Level 2 Watermanship Programme.

Who is this course for...?

This course is suitable for all levels of waterwomen. The programme will be specifically tailored to challenge those that enter this level with more ocean experience. 



Starting from AU$300 (excluding GST)

Minimum standards

Students must be able to swim and be medically fit (see below).

Minimum age is 16.

To obtain the Level 1 WaterWomen Programme certification, students must:

  1. Complete the pre course registration and online learning package

  2. Display competence in the following:

    • One Ocean International Breathing Patterns

    • Freestyle and sidestroke swimming

    • Underwater breaststroke

    • Duckdive

    • Using the Buddy System

    • Black Out Rescue

  3. Perform the following:

    • A static apnea of at least 2’00”

    • A dynamic-no-fins distance of 25 m.

    • A 400m One Ocean International surf survival swimming pattern

    • Correct demonstrations of survival swimming techniques

    • A Black Out Rescue on the surface

  4. A Level 1 WaterWomen Programme reflection (via Online Learning Hub)

  5. One day Consolidation Training to move onto Level 2


  • Freediving mask and Flotation aids

what to bring

  • Towel

  • Wetsuit (board shorts/bikini/swimsuit minimum)

  • Mask and snorkel

  • Water

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Zink/sunscreen

  • Pen and notepad

  • Lunch

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration as part of your course registration. Unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship training, you will not be required to complete a medical examination.

Students with contradicting medical conditions, however, will be required to undergo a Dive Medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. We require documentation of this prior to course participation.

Medical conditions that are of concern to watermanship training are: lung conditions, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean International.

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