Swim Test, Rank Advancement, and Swimming Merit Badge opportunity.

If you might attend any Troop 14 on-water activity in the next 12 months, be sure to attend.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020

Time: 6-8pm in 30 minute shifts. Max of 10 swimmers per shift. Youth and Adults need to register on http://www.troopkit.com

Where: Killarney Farms Swim Center, 575 Pomeroy Ave. Santa Clara 95051

Cost: $10

Covid-19 Procedures:

All persons must be symptom-free. No fever, covid symptoms, or covid exposure.

Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entry.

Arrive dressed and ready to swim. The locker rooms and bathrooms are closed.

Wear a mask and maintain 6-foot distancing while at the pool.

A maximum of 10 people are allowed in the pool at any time. We will be in groups of 10.

All touched surfaces must be wiped with disinfectant prior to leaving the pool.

There are actually 2 tests: Beginner and Swimmer. Beginner is required for 2nd Class. Swimmer is required for 1st Class. If you complete the Swimmer Test, then you can also complete the Beginner Test. All participants (youth and adults) must pass the BSA Swimmer Test before going on any of the canoeing trips.


Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming. 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.

Be sure to bring your Scout Handbook to get rank requirements signed off.

2nd Class 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,

5c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines

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.

1st Class Requirements:

6a. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.

6b. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.

6c. Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, 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.)

Swimming Merit Badge Requirements:


Bring a Blue Card if you are working on Merit Badge Requirements.

SWIMMER’S TEST Status (pass date):

  • Patrol Patrol

    • Mark (9/25/2020)

      • Winston (9/25/2020)

  • Fire Breathing Unicorns

      • Noel (9/25/2020)

  • Ninja Frogs

      • Nathan (9/25/2020)

      • Redger (9/25/2020)

  • Curry Patrol

      • Wilson (9/25/2020)

      • Jack (9/25/2020)

  • Flaming Stickmen

      • Kian (9/25/2020)

      • Ben (9/25/2020)

      • Naren (9/25/2020)

      • Justin (9/25/2020)

  • Phoenix

      • Jackson (9/25/2020)

      • Hamza (9/25/2020)

      • Sam (9/25/2020)

  • Old Goats

      • Norm (9/25/2020)

      • Richard S (9/25/2020)

      • Samir (9/25/2020)

      • Tudor (9/25/2020)

      • Toby (9/25/2020)

  • Siblings

      • Ioan (9/25/2020)