BSA Swim Test and Aquatics Rank Requirements

BSA Swim Tests and Aquatics Rank Requirements

posted Oct 2, 2017, 8:29 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 5:56 AM ]

Does your Scout need the BSA Swim test for his rank advancement?  
For Second Class and First Class Aquatics requirements, Base Camp at Camp Sayre in Milton has times on Saturdays for your scout to use the pool and pass his requirements.  You must call Base Camp to schedule your slot and tell them what you are working on. 
Please note that a scout can complete these requirements, even if they have not completed the Scout or Tenderfoot Ranks.

Second Class Aquatics requirements

5a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
5b. Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test: 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.[3]
5c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects.[3]
5d. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible. Explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim

First Class Aquatics requirements

6a. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.[2][3]
6b. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
6c. Identify the basic parts of a canoekayak, or other boat. Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar.
6d. Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on the type and size of the vessel. Explain the importance of proper body position in the boat.
6e. 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.)[3]
Address411 Unquity Rd, Milton, MA 02186

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