Every junior member is required to participate in this evaluation, conducted by the club, prior to any junior water activity training or competition being undertaken. It includes a swim and a float which is progressively increased by age group. Following the successful demonstration of the preliminary skills assessment, the competition skills swim evaluation MUST be achieved before any junior can participate in any events at carnivals or in the club championship day. This means that:
- Only juniors who have achieved their competition skills evaluation for their relevant age group are to be entered for events at carnivals and;
- Clubs, Age Managers and Parents should also take into consideration the conditions, the course and the physical and emotional state of their juniors on the day of the carnival and only enter those they consider to be confident, competent and in a fit state to complete the course in a safe and timely manner.