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Swim Check

posted Mar 18, 2016, 9:24 AM by Scouts BSA Troop41sg   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 3:21 PM ]

Scouts can pre-register to attend the following sessions through the Three Fires Council. 

Wheaton College Pool
April 9, 2016

Oswego Park District
May 31, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
June 2, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
June 5, 2016, 9:00-11:00am

Pre-registration is required.

Eagle Scout and adult leader Mark performed Swim Checks for Troop 41 Scouts who wanted to qualify as a Swimmer or pass the Second Class requirement concerning swimming. 

March 19, 2016

Swimmer (First Class requirement 9b)
  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Beginner (Second Class requirement 8b)

  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  • Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

Second Class Requirements:


Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.


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.


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


Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.**


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.)

From Scouting Magazine:  Dreading Water:

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