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Second and First Class Swimming Requirements

posted Nov 28, 2011, 5:23 PM by William Duggan ‎(Scoutmaster)‎

Second and First Class swimming requirements will be tested by Assistant Scoutmaster Braunegg at the Beede Center on Friday, January 6, 7:00-8:00 PM.  You must arrive by 6:45 PM so we in the pool are by 7:00.


Upon arrival, check in with Mr. Braunegg in the Beede Center lobby.  We will use the team locker room.  All swimmers must shower before using the pool.  A Beede Center requirement is that all swimmers must swim the length of the pool to demonstrate some swimming ability.


We are limited to 15 Scouts.  If you can attend on January 6, please sign up on the signup sheet which will be at upcoming troop meetings and check the appropriate box(es) for requirements you are prepared to be tested on.

Contact Assistant Scoutmaster Braunegg (djbraunegg@yahoo.com) for more information.


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.)