Boy Scout Swimming Training

Swimming The water strikes fear in people, both young and old.  That’s one reason there are swimming related requirements for both Second Class and First Class Scout.  If you don’t ever go near the water, you just can’t make rank past Tenderfoot.

Some people are scared they’ll drown and some just don’t have the ability to swim.  That’s where Boy Scouts can help out.  We’re working out the details for some swimming instruction for all of our scouts that haven’t completed their swimming requirements, yet.  So, if you’re interested, please let your scoutmaster know at your next meeting.

And for those that swim well who are at least 16 years of age (youth and adults), if you’re interested in the possibility of becoming a life guard, let me know, too.  It’s possible we can arrange that training, too.

Second Class requirements:

8.b: Demonstrate your ability to:

  • Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth,
  • Level off and swim 25 feet on the surface,
  • Stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.


  • Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects.
  • Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and
  • Explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.

First Class requirements:

9.b: Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.

  • Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl;
  • Then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn.
  • After completing the swim, rest by floating.

9.c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both:

  • as tender and
  • as rescuer
    (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
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